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Date: 1696

"But methinks, said Olimpia, one recommended by me, should make a little deeper impression on that frigid Heart of yours."

— Pix, Mary (c.1666-1720)

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Date: 1696

"The Prince, at this moment, banish'd from his Breast the Idea of all the Court-Beauties he had ever seen, and gaz'd on this Master-piece of Nature so long, till he had imprinted Cordelia's Image too deep for time ever to deface."

— Pix, Mary (c.1666-1720)

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Date: 1696

"From him I had the foregoing story, which perhaps to you might sound Romantick, because I so punctually related each particular; but my hearing it often from this Prince Alphonsus, had deeply impress'd every circumstance in my memory."

— Pix, Mary (c.1666-1720)

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Date: 1748, 1777

"This impression of my senses immediately conveys my thought to the person, together with all the surrounding objects. I paint them out to myself as existing at present, with the same qualities and relations, of which I formerly knew them possessed."

— Hume, David (1711-1776)

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Date: 1748, 1777

"The concurrence of these several views or glimpses imprints the idea more strongly on the imagination; gives it superior force and vigour; renders its influence on the passions and affections more sensible; and in a word, begets that reliance or security, which constitutes the nature of belief a...

— Hume, David (1711-1776)

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Date: 1757

"Since, therefore, the mind of man appears of so loose and unsteddy a contexture, that, even at present, when so many persons find an interest in continually employing on it the chissel and the hammer, yet are they not able to engrave theological tenets with any lasting impression; how much more ...

— Hume, David (1711-1776)

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Date: 1776

"The impression left on the philosophical mind by these historical facts, will naturally suggest some reflections on human nature."

— Mickle, William Julius [formerly William Meikle] (1734-1788)

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Date: 1776

"One of her domestics, a Christian woman, had frequently talked with her on religion, and though she never renounced her idols, had made some impressions on her mind"

— Mickle, William Julius [formerly William Meikle] (1734-1788)

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Date: 1776

"this manly indignation of the good Bishop against the impiety of religious persecution, made no impression on the mind of that bigotted Princess!"

— Mickle, William Julius [formerly William Meikle] (1734-1788)

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