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Date: 1596

"Conscience giues testimonie by determining that a thing was done or it was not done."

— Perkins, William (1558-1602)

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Date: 1596

"In this respect [conscience] may fitly be compared to a notarie, or a register that hath alwaies the penne in his hand, to note and record whatsoeuer is saide or done: who also because he keepes the rolles and records of the court, can tell what hath bin said and done many hundred yeares past."

— Perkins, William (1558-1602)

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Date: 1596

"Herein conscience is like to a Iudge that holdeth an assize and takes notice of inditements, and causeth the most notorious malefactour that is to hold up his hand at the barre of his iudgement."

— Perkins, William (1558-1602)

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Date: 1596

"Nay it is (as it were) a little god sitting in the middle of mens hearts arraigning them in this life as they shall be arraigned for their offences at the tribunall seate of the euerliuing god in the day of iudgement."

— Perkins, William (1558-1602)

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Date: 1597

"Or my true heart with treacherous revolt / Turn to another, this shall slay them both."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1597

"My bosom's lord sits lightly in his throne, / And all this day an unaccustomed spirit / Lifts me above the ground with cheerful thoughts."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1597

"Hath Bolingbroke / Deposed thine intellect?"

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1598

"But thoughts, the slaves of life, and life, time's fool, / And time, that takes survey of all the world, / Must have a stop."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1598

"But let one spirit of the first-born Cain / Reign in all bosoms, that each heart being set / On bloody courses, the rude scene may end, / And darkness be the burier of the dead!"

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1600

"So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord, / Ere I will yield my virgin patent up / Unto his lordship whose unwishèd yoke / My soul consents not to give sovereignty."

— 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.