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Date: 1700, 1705

"Wit is a Flux, a Looseness of the Brain, / And Sense-abstract has too much Pride to reign."

— Defoe, Daniel (1660?-1731)

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Date: 1700, 1705

"Wit is a King without a Parliament, / And Sense a Democratick Government."

— Defoe, Daniel (1660?-1731)

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Date: 1700, 1705

"Wit, like the French, wher'e'er it reigns destroys, / And Sense advanc'd is apt to Tyrannize."

— Defoe, Daniel (1660?-1731)

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Date: 1700, 1705

"Wit is a Standing-Army Government, / And Sense a sullen stubborn P---t."

— Defoe, Daniel (1660?-1731)

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Date: 1700

"The soul of government, as the true and perfect image of the soul of man, is every whit as necessarily religious as rational."

— Harrington, James (1611-1677)

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Date: 1700

"Tho' I'm convinc'd she lov'd me not, I can't / Banish her Image from my Love-sick mind."

— Centlivre [née Freeman; other married name Carroll], Susanna (bap. 1669?, d. 1723)

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Date: 1700

"She who Elects a Monarch for Life, who gives him an Authority she cannot recall however he misapply it, who puts her Fortune and Person entirely in his Power; nay even the very desires of her Heart according to some learned Casuists, so as that it is not lawful to Will or Desire any thing but wh...

— Astell, Mary (1666–1731)

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Date: 1700

"Superiors indeed are too apt to forget the common Priviledges of Mankind; that their Inferiors share with them the greatest Benefits, and are as capable as themselves of enjoying the supreme Good; that tho' the Order of the World requires an Outward Respect and Obedience from some to others, yet...

— Astell, Mary (1666–1731)

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Date: 1700

"What Government of his Passions!"

— Astell, Mary (1666–1731)

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Date: 1700

"Not as an absolute Lord and Master, with an Arbitrary and Tyrannical sway, but as Reason Governs and Conducts a Man, by proposing what is Just and Fit."

— Astell, Mary (1666–1731)

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