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Date: Friday, February 1727

"The strongest Arguments leave no Impression on his Mind, and the clearest Truth has no Charms in his Eyes."

— Caleb d’Anvers [pseud. for Nicholas Amhurst, Henry, Viscount Bolingbroke, and William Pulteney, Earl of Bath]

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Date: 1737

One may "grateful bow / To those benignant pow'rs, who fram'd thy mind / In crimes unfruitful, never to admit / The black impression of a guilty thought."

— Glover, Richard (1712-1785)

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Date: 1739

"Ask ye what Law their conq'ring Cause confess'd? / Great Nature's Law, the Law within the Breast, / Form'd by no Art, and to no Sect confin'd, / But stamp'd by Heav'n upon th' unletter'd Mind."

— Brooke, Henry (c. 1703-1783)

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Date: Published serially, 1765-1770

"Saint Paul, bears Testimony, also, to the Impression of this Law of Rights on the Consciences and Hearts of all Men" in Romans, chapter 2: "Not the Hearers of the Law are just before God, but the Doers of the Law shall be justified. For, when the Gentiles, which have not the Law, do by Nature th...

— Brooke, Henry (c. 1703-1783)

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Date: Published serially, 1765-1770

"She had, opportunely, laid hold of the Season for making the Impression she desired; as my Mind was still affected and softened by the late Adventure"

— Brooke, Henry (c. 1703-1783)

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Date: Published serially, 1765-1770

Characters are not impressed on the countenance independent of the characters in the mind because that would "overthrow the whole System of Physiognomists" and becuase "it would overthrow the Opinion of Socrates himself, who allowed that his Countenance had received such Impressions from t...

— Brooke, Henry (c. 1703-1783)

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Date: Published serially, 1765-1770

"From the Impression however which you left in my Mind, I had formed to myself a dear though confused Image of the Lovely, of the Desirable, and this I looked for every where, but could no where find any Resemblance thereof"

— Brooke, Henry (c. 1703-1783)

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Date: Published serially, 1765-1770

"Thoughts of God and a Saviour would come into my Mind, and the pious Impressions of my Infancy would return upon me; but I did my best to banish them, as they served but to torment me."

— Brooke, Henry (c. 1703-1783)

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Date: Published serially, 1765-1770

"I said, you have been dreaming; and the Impression still lies heavy and melancholy on your Memory"

— Brooke, Henry (c. 1703-1783)

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Date: 1774

"The treaty part you must chiefly acquire by reading the treaties themselves, and the histories and memoirs relative to them; not but that inquiries and conversations upon those treaties will help you greatly, and imprint them better in your mind."

— Stanhope, Philip Dormer, fourth earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773)

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