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Date: 1791

"'Long suffering,' said La Motte, 'has subdued in our minds that elastic energy, which repels the pressure of evil, and dances to the bound of joy.'"

— Radcliffe [née Ward], Ann (1764-1823)

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Date: 1794

"As her imagination painted with melancholy touches, the deserted plains of Troy, such as they appeared in this after-day, she reanimated the landscape with the following little story."

— Radcliffe [née Ward], Ann (1764-1823)

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Date: 1794

"Adjoining the library was a green-house, stored with scarce and beautiful plants; for one of the amusements of St. Aubert was the study of botany, and among the neighbouring mountains, which afforded a luxurious feast to the mind of the naturalist, he often passed the day in the pursuits of his ...

— Radcliffe [née Ward], Ann (1764-1823)

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Date: 1794

"The vacant mind is ever on the watch for relief, and ready to plunge into error, to escape from the languor of idleness. Store it with ideas, teach it the pleasure of thinking; and the temptations of the world without, will be counteracted by the gratifications derived from the world within."

— Radcliffe [née Ward], Ann (1764-1823)

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Date: 1794

"As he stood under its shade, and looked up among its branches, still luxuriant, and saw here and there the blue sky trembling between them; the pursuits and events of his early days crowded fast to his mind, with the figures and characters of friends--long since gone from the earth; and he now f...

— Radcliffe [née Ward], Ann (1764-1823)

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Date: 1794

"He and Emily continued sunk in musing silence for some leagues, from which melancholy reverie Emily first awoke, and her young fancy, struck with the grandeur of the objects around, gradually yielded to delightful impressions."

— Radcliffe [née Ward], Ann (1764-1823)

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Date: 1794

"They travelled on, sunk in that thoughtful melancholy, with which twilight and solitude impress the mind."

— Radcliffe [née Ward], Ann (1764-1823)

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Date: 1794

"While many reflections rose upon his mind, he heard a voice shouting from the road behind, and ordering the muleteer to stop."

— Radcliffe [née Ward], Ann (1764-1823)

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Date: 1794

"'Yes,' said he, with an half-suppressed sigh, 'the memory of those we love--of times for ever past! in such an hour as this steals upon the mind, like a strain of distant music in the stillness of night;--all tender and harmonious as this landscape, sleeping in the mellow moon-light.'"

— Radcliffe [née Ward], Ann (1764-1823)

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Date: 1794

"A train of gloomy ideas haunted her mind, till she fell asleep."

— Radcliffe [née Ward], Ann (1764-1823)

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