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Date: 1692

"And all was conquer'd but the Patriot's Mind."

— Prior, Matthew (1664-1721)

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Date: c. 1695-8 [published 1907]

"Others in Time a heart may gain / By Treaty or Perswasion, / Their Conquests They by Siege obtain."

— Prior, Matthew (1664-1721)

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Date: c. 1695-8 [published 1907]

"You o'er my heart were born to reign / And bravely took it by Invasion."

— Prior, Matthew (1664-1721)

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Date: 1700, 1705

"Wit is a Standing-Army Government, / And Sense a sullen stubborn P---t."

— Defoe, Daniel (1660?-1731)

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Date: May 10, 1704

"But when a man's fancy gets astride his reason, when imagination is at cuffs with the senses, and common understanding as well as common sense, is kicked out of doors; the first proselyte he makes is himself, and when that is once compassed the difficulty is not so great in bringing over others,...

— Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)

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Date: 1704

"All endeavours must be therefore used, either to divert, bind up, stupify, fluster, and amuse the senses, or else, to justle them out of their stations; and while they are either absent, or otherwise employed, or engaged in a civil war against each other, the spirit enters and performs ...

— Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)

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Date: 1702-1713

"[F]air Ideas shine / Eternall modells of unbounded parts / The pride of minds & conquerours of hearts."

— Parnell, Thomas (1679-1718)

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Date: w. 1702, 1713

"Fair Ideas in full Glory shine, / Eternal Models of exalted Parts, / The Pride of Minds, and Conquerors of Hearts."

— Parnell, Thomas (1679-1718)

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Date: 1713

When music plays, "Intestine war no more our Passions wage, / And giddy Factions hear away their rage."

— Pope, Alexander (1688-1744)

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Date: 1715-1720

"Vain Dreams of Conquest" may swell the haughty Mind

— Pope, Alexander (1688-1744)

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.