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Date: 1744

"A mere existence or being is an indifferent thing, ('tis a Rasa Tabula) that may be coloured over with sin or holiness: and accordingly it receives its value from these; as a picture is esteemed not from the materials upon which it is drawn, but from the draught itself."

— South, Robert (1634-1716)

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Date: 1744

"Holiness elevates the worth of the being in which it is, and is of more value than the being itself. As in scarlet, the bare dye is of greater value than the cloath."

— South, Robert (1634-1716)

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Date: 1773

"What tho' no Objects strike upon the Sight,-- / Thy Sacred Presence is an inward Light."

— Byrom, John (1692-1763)

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Date: 1773

"The bustling World, to fetch her out from thence, / Will urge the various, plausible Pretence; / Will praise Perfections of a grander Name, / Sound great Exploíts, and call her out to Fame; / Amuse and flatter, till the Soul, too prone / To Self-activity, deserts her Throne."

— Byrom, John (1692-1763)

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Date: 1773

"If Reason must judge, and we two must agree, / Another, third Reason must give the Decree"

— Byrom, John (1692-1763)

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Date: 1773

"That He, to Whom all Love is due, / Engraves upon pure loving Hearts."

— Byrom, John (1692-1763)

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Date: 1773

The mind devour'd by "former Lawyers" is like a silly Goose ensnared by "the sly Fox"

— Byrom, John (1692-1763)

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Date: 1773

"The human Spirit, when it burns and shines, / 'Lamp of Jehovah" Solomon defines. / Now, as a Vessel, to contain the Whole, / This 'Lamp' denotes the Body, Oil the Soul"

— Byrom, John (1692-1763)

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Date: 1773

Materialist philosophers describe "scoring Traces on the Paper Soul, / Blank, shaven white, they fill th' unfurnish'd Pate / With new Idéas, none of them innate."

— Byrom, John (1692-1763)

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Date: 1773

"They who are loud in human Reason's Praise, / And celebrate the Drivers of our Days, / Seem to suppose, by their continual Bawl, / That Passions, Reason, and Machine, is all / To them the Windows are drawn up, and clear / Nothing that does not outwardly appear."

— Byrom, John (1692-1763)

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