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Date: 1790

"[P]ains and diseases of the mind are only cured by Forgetfulness;--Reason but skins the wound, which is perpetually liable to fester again"

— Darwin, Erasmus (1731-1802)

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Date: February 1791

"The mind, in discovering truth, acts in the same manner as it acts through the eye in discovering objects; when once any object has been seen, it is impossible to put the mind back to the same condition it was in before it saw it."

— Paine, Thomas (1737-1809)

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Date: 1793

"The tendency of all false systems of political institution is to render the mind lethargic and torpid."

— Godwin, William (1756-1836)

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Date: 1793

"But it is certain that truth is adequate to awaken the mind without the aid of adversity"

— Godwin, William (1756-1836)

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Date: 1793

"For that purpose, thoroughly understand it yourself, impregnate your mind with its evidence, and speak from the clearness of your view, and the fulness of conviction."

— Godwin, William (1756-1836)

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Date: 1793

"It is not to the sound of intellectual health that the remedy so urgently addresses itself, as to those who are infected with diseases of the mind. "

— Godwin, William (1756-1836)

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Date: 1793

"Anarchy awakens mind"

— Godwin, William (1756-1836)

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Date: 1793

" [I]t is hardly to be believed that any man for the sake of some imaginary gratification to himself would wantonly injure the whole, if his mind were not first ulcerated with the impression of the injury that society by its ordinances is committing against him"

— Godwin, William (1756-1836)

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Date: 1794

"[T]he thing in which my imagination revelled the most freely, was the analysis of the private and internal operations of the mind, employing my metaphysical dissecting knife in tracing and laying bare the involutions of motive, and recording the gradually accumulating impulses."

— Godwin, William (1756-1836)

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Date: 1794

"Whereas a due exercise of the faculties of the mind strengthens and improves those faculties, whether of imagination or recollection; as the exercise of our limbs in dancing or fencing increases the strength and agility of the muscles thus employed."

— Darwin, Erasmus (1731-1802)

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