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Date: 1740

"Was there one joy, whose image does not last? / But that One; most extatic, most refin'd, / Reigns fresh, and will for ever in my mind, / With such a power of charms it storm'd my soul, / That nothing ever can it's strength controul."

— Prior, Matthew (1664-1721)

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Date: 1740, 1742

"I believe it would not be amiss, that he should have a Taste of Poetry, altho' perhaps it were not to be wish'd he had such strong Inclinations that way, as to make that lively and delectable Amusement his predominant Passion."

— Richardson, Samuel (bap. 1689, d. 1761)

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Date: 1740

"Our Passions gone, and Reason in her Throne / Amaz'd, we see the Mischiefs we have done."

— Richardson, Samuel (bap. 1689, d. 1761)

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Date: 1740, 1742

Mr B. is "a young Gentleman of violent and lawless Passions"

— Richardson, Samuel (bap. 1689, d. 1761)

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Date: 1740

"Nor is the empire of the will over our mind more intelligible ... We have command over our mind to a certain degree, but beyond that lose all empire over it: and it is evidently impossible to fix any precise bounds to our authority, where we consult not experience"

— Hume, David (1711-1776)

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Date: 1740

"But if otherwise, he may take Advantage of the Confidence plac'd in him, to the Injury of some worthy Person, and by Degrees monopolize the young Gentleman to himself, and govern his Passions as absolurely, as I have heard some First Ministers have done those of their Prince"

— Richardson, Samuel (bap. 1689, d. 1761)

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Date: 1740

"But notwithstanding the empire of the imagination, there is a secret tie or union among particular ideas, which causes the mind to conjoin them more frequently together, and makes the one, upon its appearance, introduce the other."

— Hume, David (1711-1776)

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Date: 1740

"My Mind, my Mind is a Kingdom to me!"

— Cibber, Colley (1671-1757)

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Date: 1741

A king may "fix [his] Empire in a People's Hearts"

— Carey, Henry (1687-1743)

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Date: 1741

"But Thou shalt rise superior to their Arts, / And fix Thy Empire in a People's Hearts."

— Nugent, Robert [or Craggs] (1702-1788)

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