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Date: 1664

"Now among these figures, it is not those imprinted on the external sense organs, or on the internal surface of the brain, which should be taken to be ideas--but only those which are traced in the spirits on the surface of the gland (where the seat of the imagination and the 'common' sense is loc...

— Descartes, René (1596-1650)

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Date: 1664

"But I shall content myself with telling you more about how the traces are imprinted on the internal part of the brain which is the seat of the memory."

— Descartes, René (1596-1650)

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Date: 1664

"I should like you to consider, after this, all the functions I have ascribed to this machine -- such as the digestion of food, the beating of the heart and arteries, the nourishment and growth of the limbs, respiration, waking and sleeping, the reception by the external sense organs of light, so...

— Descartes, René (1596-1650)

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Date: 1667

"Those kind Impressions which Fate can't controul, / Are Heaven's mintage on a worthy Soul."

— Philips [née Fowler], Katherine (1632-1664)

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Date: 1667

"Nor was thy Head so worthy as thy Heart; / Where the Divine Impression shin'd so clear"

— Philips [née Fowler], Katherine (1632-1664)

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Date: 1667

"Yet by Impressions born with us we find/ How good, great, just thou art, how unconfin'd."

— Philips [née Fowler], Katherine (1632-1664)

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Date: 1672

"[W]ith a goodly look she smil'd; / so that through pure impression / of his own imagination, / with all the heat of his courage / his love upon this fair Image / he set."

— Anon.

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Date: 1670, rev. 1678

"Youth and white paper take any impression."

— Ray [formerly Wray], John (1627-1705)

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Date: 1679

"You'l find it worse and worse; and what's behind / Will strange Impressions make upon your Mind."

— Keach, Benjamin (1640-1704)

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Date: 1679

"Ah! I may preach untill my heart doth ake, / And it on thee will no Impression make."

— Keach, Benjamin (1640-1704)

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