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Date: 1698

"Such Licentious Discourse tends to no point but to stain the Imagination, to awaken Folly, and to weaken the Defences of Virtue."

— Collier, Jeremy (1650–1726)

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Date: 1698

"The Matter is so Contrived that the Smut and Scum of the Thought rises uppermost; And like a Picture drawn to Sight, looks always upon the Company."

— Collier, Jeremy (1650–1726)

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Date: 1698

"Enough to mud their Fancy, to tarnish their Quality, and make their Passion Scandalous."

— Collier, Jeremy (1650–1726)

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Date: 1698

"He can't be assured the same Colours of Reason and Desire will last. Any little Accident from without may metamorphose his Fancy, and push him upon a new set of Thoughts."

— Collier, Jeremy (1650–1726)

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Date: 1698

"He is never lost in smoak and Rapture, nor overborn with Poetick Fury; but keeps his Fancy warm and his Reason Cool at the same time."

— Collier, Jeremy (1650–1726)

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Date: 1698

"This sort of Musick warms the Passions, and unlocks the Fancy, and makes it open to Pleasure like a Flower to the Sun."

— Collier, Jeremy (1650–1726)

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Date: 1698

"Now why should it be in the power of a few mercenary Hands to play People out of their Senses, to run away with their Understandings, and wind their Passions about their Fingers as they list?"

— Collier, Jeremy (1650–1726)

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Date: 1705

"Their Medly Temper, their amphibious Mind / Is fraught with Principles of every kind; / Nor ever can from Stain and Error free,/ Assert its Native Truth, and Energy."

— Shippen, William (bap. 1673, d. 1743)

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Date: 1740

"Save then, my Innocence, good God, and preserve my Mind spotless"

— Richardson, Samuel (bap. 1689, d. 1761)

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Date: 1740

"Don't your Heart ake for me? --I am sure mine flutter'd about like a Bird in a Cage new caught."

— Richardson, Samuel (bap. 1689, d. 1761)

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