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Date: 1700

"Our Understandings have a Natural, which is a Fallible-light; and therefore often leads us wrong."

— Leslie, Charles (1650-1722)

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Date: 1700

"The Lamp of Life burns dimly in my Breast, / Soon from its beating toil my weary Heart will rest."

— Blackmore, Sir Richard (1654-1729)

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Date: 1700

"God has placed a Natural light, as a Candle in our Hearts; and His Supernatural light does Influence and Direct it."

— Leslie, Charles (1650-1722)

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Date: 1700

"Solomon says, Prov. xx. 27. The Spirit of man is the Candle of the Lord, searching all the Inward Parts."

— Leslie, Charles (1650-1722)

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Date: 1700

"For (says he) Man can no more be a Light to his Mind than he is to his Body: And thence infers, that as the Eye has no Light in it self, so neither the Understanding."

— Leslie, Charles (1650-1722)

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Date: 1700

"He makes our Nature and Minds wholly Dark of themselves, only succeptible of Super-natural light, when sent into our Understanding."

— Leslie, Charles (1650-1722)

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Date: 1700

" I will not take advantage of the Philosophy of this; for, I suppose his meaning to be, that it is Natural to the Understanding to Receive a Light that is infused into it, as for the Eye to see by an Extraneous light; that is, it is an Organ fitted to Receive Light, tho' it has none in it self; ...

— Leslie, Charles (1650-1722)

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Date: 1700

"Reason's a Taper, which but faintly burns, / A languid Flame that glows and dyes by Turns; / We see't a while, and but a little Way, / We Travel by its Light as Men by Day."

— Pomfret, John (1667-1702)

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Date: 1700

"But quickly Dying, [reason] forsakes us soon, / Like Morning Stars, that never stay till Noon."

— Pomfret, John (1667-1702)

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Date: 1700

"Affliction, the sincerest Friend, the frankest Monitor, the best Instructer and indeed the only useful School that Women are ever put to, rouses her understanding, opens her Eyes, fixes her Attention, and diffuses such a Light, such a Joy into her Mind, as not only Informs her better, but Entert...

— 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.