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Date: 1698

"This, I say, was evidently the Tenour of his Discourse; because, did not those Reasons of his, against the Sufficiency of our Senses to give us this Information, conclude; but that, notwithstanding all those Reasons could prove, the Senses might still imprint on our Mind those First Notions, his...

— Sergeant, John (1622-1707)

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Date: 1698

"For, in case those Impressions on our Mind could have been made by means of the Senses, as aforesaid; then those Impressions, or Notions, being the Immediate Foundation, on which is built all our Knowledge, could not be call'd, or resembl'd to Rubbish; nor compar'd to a Hole, to lay the Foundati...

— Sergeant, John (1622-1707)

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Date: 1698

"When the Impression is made by the Object, and receiv'd into the Organ of Sense, it is convey'd from thence with the same Type or Character, by an Agitation of its Nervous Expansions and their continued Trunks, to the common Sensory."

— Cowper [Cooper], William (1666/7–1710)

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Date: 1698

"Every Change in Figure and Impulse, must alter the Idea, and wear off the former Impression. So that by these Principles, Friendship will depend on the Seasons, and we must look in the Weather Glass for our Inclinations."

— Collier, Jeremy (1650–1726)

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Date: 1698

"No body can be pleas'd without Sensible Impressions. Nor can such Perceptions be received without a Train of Passions attending them."

— Collier, Jeremy (1650–1726)

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Date: 1698

"Love has generally a Party Within; And when the Wax is prepared, the Impression is easily made."

— Collier, Jeremy (1650–1726)

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Date: 1699

"The Spirit of God, or Wind of God, stands sometimes for a high and strong Wind; but more frequently it signifies a secret Impression made by God on the Mind of a Prophet."

— Burnet, Gilbert (1643-1715)

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Date: 1700

The "Great Father's Character" may be found "Visibly stampt upon the Hero's mind."

— Prior, Matthew (1664-1721)

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Date: 1700

"This made the first impression in his mind / Above, but just above, the brutal kind."

— Dryden, John (1631-1700)

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Date: 1700

"In what figure shall I give his Heart the first Impression? There is a great deal in the first impression."

— Congreve, William (1670-1729)

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