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Date: 1747-8

"See that your own predominant passions, whatever they be, hurry you not into as much wickedness, as mine do me."

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

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Date: 1747-8

"O Jack! what a difficulty must a man be allowed to have, to conquer a predominant passion, be it what it will, when the gratifying of it is in his power, however wrong he knows it to be to resolve to gratify it!"

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

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Date: 1747-8

"Reflect upon this; and then wilt thou be able to account for, if not to excuse, a projected crime, which has habit to plead for it, in a breast as stormy, as uncontroulable!"

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

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Date: 1747-8

"Who, let me ask, that has it in his power to gratify a predominant passion, be it what it will, denies himself the gratification?"

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

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Date: 1747-8

"And if he does, it will demonstrate that malice and revenge were the predominant passions with him"

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

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Date: 1747-8

"Revenge, invoked I to myself, keep thy throne in my heart--If the usurper Love once more drive thee from it, thou wilt never regain possession!"

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

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Date: 1747-8

Power's "amplest, best Extent" is "An Empire o'er [one's] Mind"

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

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Date: 1747-8

"Souls know no conquerors."

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

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Date: 1747-8

"In the other, the poet says not truth; for Conscience is the Conqueror of Souls: At least it is the Conqueror of mine: And who ever thought it a narrow one?"

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

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Date: 1747-8

One may have a soul like a shield that "take in all" of Fortune's quiver

— 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.