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Date: 1698

"But when Vice is varnish'd over with Pleasure, and comes in the Shape of Convenience, the case grows somewhat dangerous; for then the Fancy may be gain'd, and the Guards corrupted, and Reason suborn'd against it self."

— Collier, Jeremy (1650–1726)

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Date: 1698

"The Passions are up in Arms, and there's a mighty Contest between Duty, and Inclination. The Mind is over-run with Amusements, and commonly good for nothing sometime after."

— Collier, Jeremy (1650–1726)

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Date: 1740

"I could not conquer my Love; so I conquer'd a Pride."

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

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Date: 1740

One may try in vainto conquer a Passion for someone

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

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Date: 1740

"I could not conquer my Passion for you, I corrected myself, and resolved, since you would not be mine upon my Terms, you should upon your own"

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

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Date: 1740

"For, let me tell my sweet Girl, that, after having been long tost by the boisterous Winds of a more culpable Passion, I have now conquer'd it, and am not so much the Victim of your Love, all charming as you are, as of your Virtue."

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

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Date: 1740

One may resolve, "since he could not conquer his Passion for me, to make me his with Honour"

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

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Date: 1740

One may "resolve to conquer, if possible, [a] guilty Passion"

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

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Date: 1740

"'Tis pity [...] that a Man who could conquer his Passions so far, could not subdue them intirely"

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

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Date: 1740, 1742

Pamela is apt to look upon sheepishness "as an outward Fence or Inclosure, as I may say, to his Virtue, which might keep off the lighter Attacks of Immorality, the Hussars of Vice, as I may say, who are not able to carry on a formal Siege against his Morals"

— 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.