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Date: 1800

"You see, though a man, I use your privilege, and prefer knitting yarn to threshing my brain with a book or the barn-floor with a flail"

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1800

"Mischievous passions" may be too "deeply rooted" in the heart to tear out

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1800

"They grow by certain laws, like the tree's fruit-- / No juggling chance can metamorphose them. / Have I the human kernel first examined? / Then I know, too, the future will and action."

— Schiller, Friedrich (1759-1805)

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Date: 1800

"So the schemes / Rais'd by fond Hope in youth's unclouded morn, / While sanguine youth enjoys delusive dreams, / Experience withers; till scarce one remains / Flattering the languid heart, where only Reason reigns!"

— Smith, Charlotte (1749-1806)

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Date: 1801

The urchin's mind may be like "a weedy garden wild"

— Sawyer, Ann (fl. 1794-1801)

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Date: 1806

"Thoughts spring up like plants in hot-house, / Every time the news are read."

— MacNeill, Hector (1746-1818)

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Date: 1808

"Judge not the Man by his exterior part: / Virtue's strong root in every soil will grow, / Rich ores lie buried under piles of snow"

— Cumberland, Richard (1732-1811)

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Date: 1810

"Your gentle souls are in your myrtle seen; / It's blossoms candid, and benign it's green"

— Stockdale, Percival (1736-1811)

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Date: 1810

"And these young ruffians in the soul will sow / Seeds of all vices that on weakness grow."

— Crabbe, George (1754-1832)

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Date: 1814

A "ripening mind" may be "fitted for a throne"

— Grant [née MacVicar], Anne (1755-1838)

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