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Date: 1597

"No doubt the murd'rous knife was dull and blunt / Till it was whetted on thy stone-hard heart."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1597

"You have dancing shoes / With nimble soles; I have a soul of lead / So stakes me to the ground I cannot move."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1597

"So high above his limits swells the rage / Of Bolingbroke, covering your fearful land / With hard bright steel, and hearts harder than steel."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1597

"A jewel in a ten-times barred up chest / Is a bold spirit in a loyal breast."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1597

"As if this flesh, which walls about our life, / Were brass impregnable."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1598

"His heart like an agate with your print impressed, / Proud with his form, in his eye pride expressed."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1598

"Gallants, lads, boys, hearts of / gold, all the titles of good fellowship come to you!"

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1598

"Thou hid'st a thousand daggers in thy thoughts, / Whom thou hast whetted on thy stony heart / To stab at half an hour of my life."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1600

"But yet you draw not iron; for my heart / Is true as steel."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1600

"A golden mind stoops not to shows of dross."

— 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.