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Date: 1464

"The mind, to be sure, is like an intellectual book, which sees in itself, and for all, the intention of the author."

— Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464)

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Date: 1464?

"For Simple Being, which is visible to the mind alone, is to the mind as the being of color is to the sense of sight."

— Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464)

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Date: 1464?

" [I]f someone were to turn his mind's sight to the possibility, or power, of oneness: he surely would see in every number and in all plurality only oneness's power"

— Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464)

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Date: 1464?

"Therefore, my dearly beloved Peter, with keen directedness turn your mind's eye to this secret, and with this analysis enter into my writings and into whatever other writings you read, and occupy yourself especially with my books and sermons."

— Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464)

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Date: 1543

Reason is like a beam of light.

— Vives, Juan Luis (1492-1540)

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Date: 1543

Reason is like a stream deriving from the source of God.

— Vives, Juan Luis (1492-1540)

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Date: 1580

The Pyrrhonist's mind "is a white sheet prepared to take from the finger of God what form soever it shall please him to imprint therein."

— Montaigne, Michel Eyquem seigneur de (1533-1592)

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Date: 1588

"Men do not know the natural infirmity of their mind: it does nothing but ferret and quest and keeps incessantly whirling arounnd building up and becoming entangled in its own work, like our silkworms, and is suffocated in it."

— Montaigne, Michel Eyquem seigneur de (1533-1592)

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Date: 1601

The human mind is 'un degout de l'immortelle substance"

— Charron, Pierre (1541-1603)

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Date: 1605?

"Within thine eyes (the Mirrors of my minde) / Mine eies behold themselues, wherein they see / (As through a Glasse) what in my Soule I find; / And so my Soules right shape I see in thee."

— Davies, John (1564/5–1618)

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