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Date: w. c. 1210

"As a prudent workman, construct the whole fabric within the mind's citadel; let it exist in the mind before it is on the lips."

— Vinsauf, Geoffrey of [called Galfridus Anglicus] (fl. 1208–1213)

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Date: 1257

"Therefore, sanctifying graces makes the soul the temple of God, the bride of Christ, and the daughter of the eternal Father."

— St. Bonaventure [born Giovanni di Fidanza] (1217-1274)

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Date: 1257

"By these means, He makes the sinful soul, formerly the enemy of God, the den of the devil, and the slave of sin, to become the bride of Christ, the temple of the Holy Spirit, and the daughter of the eternal Father: all of which is brought about by a free and gracious INFUSION OF THE GIFT OF GRACE."

— St. Bonaventure [born Giovanni di Fidanza] (1217-1274)

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Date: 1273

"But the soul does not operate; for, as the Philosopher says (De Anima i, 4), 'to say that the soul feels or understands is like saying that the soul weaves or builds.'"

— St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

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Date: 1273

"But for the retention and preservation of these forms, the 'phantasy' or 'imagination' is appointed; which are the same, for phantasy or imagination is as it were a storehouse of forms received through the senses."

— St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

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Date: 1273

"Furthermore, for the apprehension of intentions which are not received through the senses, the 'estimative' power is appointed: and for the preservation thereof, the 'memorative' power, which is a storehouse of such-like intentions."

— St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

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Date: 1273

"On the contrary, From its nature the memory is the treasury or storehouse of species."

— St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

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Date: 1384

"O Thought, that wroot al that I mette, / And in the tresorie hit shette / Of my brayn!"

— Chaucer, Geoffrey (c. 1340-1400)

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Date: 1389

"The innere witte is departed a þre by þre regiouns of þe brayn, for in þe brayne beþ þre smale celles."

— Trevisa, John (b. c. 1342, d. in or before 1402); Bartholomeus (1203-1272)

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Date: 1641

"You may say that you occupy the citadel in your brain and there receive whatever messages are transmitted by the animal spirits which move through the nerves, and sense-perception thus occurs there, where you dwell, despite the fact that it is said to occur throughout the body"

— Gassendi, Pierre (1592-1655)

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