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Date: 1785

Ideas may be "erased more quick than cyphers on the shore" by cruel waves

— Yearsley, Ann (bap. 1753, d. 1806)

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Date: 1785

"Yon starry orbs, / Majestic ocean, flowery vales, gay groves, / Eye-wasting lawns, and heaven-attempting hills / Which bound th' horizon, and which curb the view; / All those, with beauteous imagery, awaked / My ravished soul to ecstasy untaught, / To all the transport the rapt sense can bear; /...

— Yearsley, Ann (bap. 1753, d. 1806)

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Date: 1785

A ruined mind may be "A blank of Nature, vanish'd every thought / That Nature, Reason, that Experience taught."

— Lovibond, Edward (bap. 1723, d. 1775)

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Date: 1785

"I own thy image is engraven on my heart."

— Holcroft, Thomas (1745-1809)

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Date: 1785

Hearts may scarce yield to impression while "The daughter's can soften and melt"

— Lovibond, Edward (bap. 1723, d. 1775)

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Date: 1785

"Rules for rendering the Mind a tabula rasa, on which the hand of Nature is to write by observation and experiments: and for expelling the prejudices, which have retarded the progress of the useful Sciences and Arts."

— Bruce, John (1745-1826)

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Date: 1785

"Sir, Dr Cheyne has laid down a rule to himself on this subject, which should be imprinted on every mind: 'To neglect nothing to secure my eternal peace, more than if I had been certified I should die within the day: nor to mind any thing that my secular obligations and duties demanded of me, les...

— Boswell, James (1740-1795)

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Date: 1786

"But your humanity must ever be engraved on my heart."

— Inchbald [née Simpson], Elizabeth (1753-1821)

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Date: 1786

"Our minds are like blank paper, as a great philosopher has observed, and the first impressions they receive are generally the most permanent and powerful."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1787

"That frequently happens; and when once a false idea is impressed, it is very difficult to erase it, particularly at your age; as you are not yet capable of distinguishing the false from the true."

— Épinay, Louise Florence Pétronille Tardieu d'Ésclavelles, marquise d' (1726-1783)

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