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Date: 1594

"A far more glorious star thy soul will make / Than Julius Caesar or bright--"

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1594, 1623

"But sun it is not when you say it is not, / And the moon changes even as your mind."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1597

"Love's heralds should be thoughts, / Which ten times faster glides than the sun's beams / Driving back shadows over louring hills."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1597

"[A]s the morning steals upon the night, / melting the darkness," so may rising senses begin to chase away "the ignorant fumes that mantle [...] clearer reason"

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1600

"The motions of his spirit are dull as night, / And his affections dark as Erebus."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1600

A "good heart, Kate, is the sun and the moon -- or rather the sun and not the moon, for it shines bright and never changes, but keeps his course truly."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: w. 1610-11, 1623

"The charm dissolves apace, / And as the morning steals upon the night, / Melting the darkness, so their rising senses / Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle / Their clearer reason."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1664

"I can only say in general, that the souls of other men shine out at little crannies; they understand some one thing, perhaps to admiration, while they are darkened on all the other parts: but your Lordship's soul is an entire globe of light, breaking out on every side; and if I have only discove...

— Dryden, John (1631-1700)

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Date: 1686

"My Guts are grumbling a kind of Tune, Like the Base Pipes of an Organ: I am starv'd into a Substance so thin, that my Body is transparent; you may see my heart, and the appurtenances, hang up here in its mortal Closet, as easily as a Candle in a Lanthorn."

— D'Urfey, Thomas (1653?-1723)

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Date: 1686

"I am starv'd into a Substance so thin, that my Body is transparent; you may see my heart, and the appurtenances, hang up here in its mortal Closet, as easily as a Candle in a Lanthorn."

— D'Urfey, Thomas (1653?-1723)

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