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Date: 1651

"The agent is a doctor or teacher, the passive a scholar; and his office is to keep and further judge of such things as are committed to his charge; as a bare and rased table at first, capable of all forms and notions."

— Burton, Robert (1577-1640)

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Date: 1651

"So that in voluntary things we are averse from God and goodness, bad by nature, by [1020] ignorance worse, by art, discipline, custom, we get many bad habits: suffering them to domineer and tyrannise over us; and the devil is still ready at hand with his evil suggestions, to tempt our depraved w...

— Burton, Robert (1577-1640)

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Date: 1651

"Some other actions of the will are performed by the inferior powers, which obey him, as the sensitive and moving appetite; as to open our eyes, to go hither and thither, not to touch a book, to speak fair or foul: but this appetite is many times rebellious in us, and will not be contained within...

— Burton, Robert (1577-1640)

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Date: 1654

"Conscience must be the Clarke of the Market; and tell us that we must so sell, as we could be willing to buy."

— Hall, Joseph (1574-1656)

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Date: 1654

"But where that cannot be had, it is fit that Justice and Charity should so far overrule mens actions, that every man may not be carryed in matter of contract, by the sway of his owne unreasonable will, and be free to carve for himselfe as he lists of the buyers purse: every man hath a bird in hi...

— Hall, Joseph (1574-1656)

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Date: 1654

"[T]here are cases wherein this law must vaile to an higher, which is the law of Conscience: Woe be to that man who shall tye himselfe so close to the letter of the law, as to make shipwrack of conscience; And that bird in his bosome will tell him, that if upon what ever pretences, he shall willi...

— Hall, Joseph (1574-1656)

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Date: 1654

"First, all honest hearts are put into a just; but unprofitable horror, to think that such a flagitious wickedness could be committed; Then the Mother, who had rinced her soule with a fountain of teares, for so hatefull a miscarriage, and reconciled her self to that God, who was the only witness ...

— Hall, Joseph (1574-1656)

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Date: 1660, 1676

"According to S. Bernard, ... 'we shall be judged by that which is written in our own books,' (the books of conscience), 'and therefore they ought to be written according to the copy of the book of life; and if they not be so written, yet they ought to be so corrected."

— Taylor, Jeremy (bap. 1613, 1667)

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Date: 1660, 1676

"But thus the Enemy of Mankind hath prevailed upon us, while we were earnest in disputations about things less concerning: Then he was watchful and busy to interweave evil and uncertain principles into our Moral institutions, to intangle what was plain, to divide what was simple, to make an art o...

— Taylor, Jeremy (bap. 1613, 1667)

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Date: 1660, 1676

"Because he that endeavours to keep a good Conscience and hath an honest mind, besides that he will inquire after his duty sufficiently, he will be able to tell very much of it himself: for God will assist him, and cause that his own mind shall tell him more than seven Watchmen that sit in a Tow...

— Taylor, Jeremy (bap. 1613, 1667)

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