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Date: 1696

Fancy may over-rule reason

— Granville, George, Baron Lansdowne (1666-1735)

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Date: 1712, 1715, 1719

A "Ladyship's Virtue and Prudence" may gain "absolute an Empire over the Hearts of the World."

— Barker, Jane (1675-1743)

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Date: 1712, 1715, 1719

One may endeavor "to stifle and suppress [...] foolish Fancies, as Rebels to [her] Reason, and Enemies to [her] Repose"

— Barker, Jane (1675-1743)

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Date: 1712, 1715, 1719

"I placed him in the Tribunal of my Judgment, as the Author of my Father's Death, which render'd him unfit ever to be my Husband"

— Barker, Jane (1675-1743)

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Date: 1712, 1715, 1719

When "Interest and Inclination stand Candidates for Preference, we then trick with Virtue, and put the Cheat upon Honour; we impose upon our Understandings, and force our Judgments; nay more, we depose even Reason itself, and give Passions the Regency; and when our Minds are thus untun'd, our Act...

— Barker, Jane (1675-1743)

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Date: 1712, 1736

One may be a Lord but in Title, a vassal in Effect, "Whom Lust controuls, and wild Desires direct"

— Granville, George, Baron Lansdowne (1666-1735)

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Date: 1712, 1736

There are sovereign Lords "Whom Lust controuls, and wild Desires direct; / The Reigns of Empire but such Hands disgrace, / Where Passion, a blind Driver, guides the Race."

— Granville, George, Baron Lansdowne (1666-1735)

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Date: 1713

"Through ev'ry Age some Tyrant Passion reigns"

— Finch [née], Anne, countess of Winchilsea (1666-1720)

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Date: 1713

"Through ev'ry Age some Tyrant Passion reigns: / Now Love prevails, and now Ambition gains / Reason's lost Throne, and sov'reign Rule maintains."

— Finch [née], Anne, countess of Winchilsea (1666-1720)

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Date: 1715

"[W]hen once Passion blinds us, Passion misguides us, Passion overthrows us, Passion destroys us, and no Passion so strong and so deceitful as that of Love; Love rocks our Reason into a Lethargy, and then does what it pleases with the rest of our Interior"

— Barker, Jane (1675-1743)

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