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Date: w. 350 B.C.

"This explains why, in those who are strongly moved owing to passion, or time of life, no memory is formed; just as no impression would be formed if the movement of the seal were to impinge on running water; while there are others in whom, owing to the receiving surface being frayed, as happens t...

— Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)

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Date: w. 350 B.C.

"The former are too moist, the latter too hard, so that in the case of the former the image does not remain in the soul, while on the latter it is not imprinted at all."

— Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)

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Date: w. 55-135

"Lay down for yourself, at the outset, a certain stamp and type of character for yourself, which you are to maintain whether you are by yourself or are meeting people"

— Epictetus (c. 55-c.135)

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Date: 58

"Even the all-embracing universe and God who is its guide extends himself forth into outward things, and yet altogether returns from all sides back to himself. Let our mind do the same thing: when, following its bodily senses it has by means of them sent itself forth into the things of the outwar...

— Seneca, Lucius Annaeus (c. 4 B.C. - A.D. 65)

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Date: w. c. 63 A.D.

"Moreover, we ought not to allow our desires to wander far afield, but we must make them confine themselves to our immediate neighbourhood, since they will not endure to be altogether locked up."

— Seneca, Lucius Annaeus (c. 4 B.C. - A.D. 65)

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Date: 167

"[T]hou canst at a moment's notice retire into thyself"

— Marcus Aurelius (121-180)

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Date: 397-401

"I have spilled and scattered ... my thoughts, the innermost bowels of my soul, are torn apart with the crowding tumults of variety."

— St. Augustine (354-430)

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Date: 399-426

"Well now, let us see where we are to locate what you might call the border between the outer and the inner man."

— St. Augustine (354-430)

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Date: w. c. 1210

"The measuring line of his mind lays out the work, and he mentally outlines the successive steps in a definite order."

— Vinsauf, Geoffrey of [called Galfridus Anglicus] (fl. 1208–1213)

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Date: w. c. 1210

"Let the mind's interior compass first circle the whole extent of the material."

— Vinsauf, Geoffrey of [called Galfridus Anglicus] (fl. 1208–1213)

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