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Date: 1755

"There is a real knowledge of material things, when the thing itself, and the real action and impression thereof on our senses, is perceived"

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

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Date: 1755

"Both kinds of metal he prepar'd, / Either to give blows or to ward; / Courage and steel both of great force"

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

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Date: 1755

"The foolish old poet says, that the souls of some women are made of sea-water"

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

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Date: 1755

"She through the porch and inlet of each sense / Dropt in ambrosial oils till she reviv'd."

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

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Date: 1755

"The brain contains ten thousand cells, / In each some active fancy dwells."

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

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Date: 1755

Mine eyes he clos'd, but open left the cell, / Of fancy, my internal sight.

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

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Date: 1797

"Tabula rasa. Lat.--'A shaved or smoothed tablet.'--His mind is a tabula rasa--it is a mere blank."

— MacDonnel, David Evans (fl. 1797)

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Date: 1901

"The double aspect theory ... professes to overcome the onesidedness of these two theories [materialism and idealism] by regarding both series as only different aspects of the same reality, like the convex and the concave views of a curve (G.H. Lewes); or, according to another favourite metaphor,...

— Baldwin, James Mark (1861-1934)

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Date: 1901

"Repeating Locke's metaphor, Kant blames Hume for declaring certain questions to lie beyond the 'horizon' of human knowledge, without determining where that horizon falls."

— Baldwin, James Mark

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Date: 1916

"Little minds, like weak liquors, are soonest soured."

— Wilstach, Frank J.

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