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Date: 1785

"O! ye better souls, / Ye nobler few, who slumber in your race, / Tho' well begun, and forwarded with hope, / Say, will you see a fellow-spirit lost, / Thus swallow'd in the ever-yawning gulf, / That frights the mental eye, and e'en appals / The man who firmest stands, nor lend your aid / To sav...

— Yearsley, Ann (bap. 1753, d. 1806)

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Date: 1785

"One cannot give too many or too frequent warnings against this laxity, or even mean cast of mind, which seeks its principle among empirical motives and laws; for,human reason in its weariness gladly rests on this pillow and in a dream of sweet illusions (which allow it to embrace a cloud instead...

— Kant, Immanuel (1724-1804)

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Date: 1785

"In cities foul example on most minds / Begets its likeness"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

The mind may hunger and be supplied

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

The mind may be pregnant "with some new theme"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

"All constraint, / Except what wisdom lays on evil men, / Is evil; hurts the faculties, impedes / Their progress in the road of science; blinds / The eyesight of discovery, and begets / In those that suffer it, a sordid mind."

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

The infant mind may (and should) be fed with "proper fare"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

The growing mind needs better nourishment than "conjugated verbs" and "nouns declined"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

The body may feast while the mind may fast

— Crabbe, George (1754-1832)

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Date: 1785

The mind may be diseased

— Crabbe, George (1754-1832)

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