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Date: 1755

A soul's thoughts may "perish in thinking"

— Locke [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1755

A sweet idea (of a beloved) may wander through one's thoughts

— Fairfax [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1755

"Where beams of warm imagination play, / The memory's soft figures melt away"

— Pope [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1755

Despair may darken the imagination

— Sidney [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1755

"Love is by fancy led about"

— Granville [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1755

Fancy "is engender'd in the eyes, / With gazing fed and fancy dies/ In the cradle where it lies."

— Shakespeare [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1755

Fancy is engendered in the eyes, fed with gazing, and dies in its cradle

— Hooker [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1755

"Dim, as the borrow'd beams of moon and stars / To lonely, weary, wand'ring travellers, / Is reason to the soul."

— Dryden [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1755

"When she rates things, and moves from ground to ground, / The name of reason she obtains by this; / But when reason she the truth has found, / And standeth fixed, she understanding is."

— Davies [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1755

"When valour preys on reason / It eats the sword it fights with"

— Shakespeare [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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