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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: 1561

A soul purged and "occupied in spirituall ... understanding" may "come to beholde the beautie that is seene with the eyes of the minde"

— Castiglione, Baldassare (1478-1529); Hoby, Sir Thomas (1530-1566), Trans.

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Date: 1566

"Those raging storms of wrath That so bedym the eyes of thine intent"

— Gascoigne, George (1534/5- - 1577)

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Date: 1590?, 1623

"How angerly I taught my brow to frown / When inward joy enforced my heart to smile. "

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1590?, 1623

"Say that upon the altar of her beauty / You sacrifice your tears, your sighs, your heart."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: w. 1592-3 or 1595?, 1623

"Then, since the heavens have shaped my body so, / Let hell make crooked my mind to answer it."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: w. 1592-3 or 1595?, 1623

"Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts"

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1594

"Marcus, attend him in his ecstasy, / That hath more scars of sorrow in his heart / Than foemen's marks upon his battered shield, / But yet so just that he will not revenge."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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