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Date: 1773

The "whole soul" may be "harmony and love"

— Barbauld, Anna Letitia [née Aikin] (1743-1825)

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Date: 1790

"She seemed to have entered upon a new state of existence;--those fine springs of affection which had hitherto lain concealed, were now touched, and yielded to her a happiness more exalted than any her imagination ever painted"

— Radcliffe [née Ward], Ann (1764-1823)

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Date: 1792

The understanding flutters around the visible and dives into the hidden

— Wollstonecraft, Mary (1759-1797)

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Date: 1792

The tree does not strengthen its fibres till it has reached its full growth

— Wollstonecraft, Mary (1759-1797)

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Date: 1792

The body does not strengthen its fibres till it has reached its full growth

— Wollstonecraft, Mary (1759-1797)

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Date: 1799

Conceptions may dart on the "benighted" understanding like electrical flashes

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1806

"Oh! spare the soft picture engrav'd on my heart / As a record of Love let it ever remain"

— Robinson [Née Darby], Mary [Perdita] (1758-1800)

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Date: 1817

"The wise Stagyrite speaks of no successive particles propagating motion like billiard balls, as Hobbes; nor of nervous or animal spirits, where inanimate and irrational solids are thawed down, and distilled, or filtrated by ascension, into living and intelligent fluids, that etch and re-etch eng...

— Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772-1834)

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Date: 1817

Recent dreamers and mind metaphorists imagine "chemical compositions by elective affinity, or of an electric light at once the immediate object and the ultimate organ of inward vision, which rises to the brain like an Aurora Borealis, and there, disporting in various shapes,--as the balance of pl...

— Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772-1834)

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Date: 1831

"We spurn at the bounds of time and space; nor would the thought be less futile that imagines to imprison the mind within the limits of the body, than the attempt of the booby clown who is said within a thick hedge to have plotted to shut in the flight of an eagle."

— Godwin, William (1756-1836)

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