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Date: 1600

"How many cowards whose hearts are all as false / As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins / The beards of Hercules and frowning Mars, / Who, inward searched, have livers white as milk?"

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1600

"Thou wilt not only loose the forfeiture, / But, touched with human gentleness and love, / Forgive a moiety of the principal, / Glancing an eye of pity on his losses, / That have of late so huddled on his back / Enough to press a royal merchant down / And pluck commiseration of his state / From b...

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1600

"The King's a bawcock and a heart-of-gold."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1600

"But now behold, / In the quick forge and working-house of thought, / How London doth pour out her citizens."

— 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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Date: 1600

"From brassy bosoms and rough hearts of flint, / From stubborn Turks and Tartars never trained / To offices of tender courtesy. / We all expect a gentle answer, Jew."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1603

"Bow, stubborn knees; and heart with strings of steel, / Be soft as sinews of the new-born babe"

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1603

"And let me wring your heart; for so I shall / If it be made of penetrable stuff, / If damnèd custom have not brassed it so / That it is proof and bulwark against sense."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1603

"And my imaginations are as foul / As Vulcan's stithy."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1604, 1622

A thought may, "like a poisonous mineral," gnaw one's inwards

— 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.