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Date: 1742

"The poet says, he makes this courtesan worse than Circe; for she changed the minds and internal disposition of her followers, whereas Circe, as Homer expressly remarks, metamorphosed only their outward form"

— Fielding, Henry (1707-1754) and The Reverend William Young (d.1757); Aristophanes (c.448-c.380 B.C.)

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Date: 1743

"Where had Reason the Dominion, I should have long since expell'd the little Tyrant, who hath made such Ravage there"

— Fielding, Henry (1707-1754)

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Date: 1743

"Of what Use is Reason then? Why, of the Use that a Window is to a Man in a Prison, to let him see the Horrors he is confined in; but lends him no Assistance to his Escape"

— Fielding, Henry (1707-1754)

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Date: 1743

"Mine is a true English Heart; it is an equal Stranger to the Heat of the Equator and the Frost of the Pole."

— Fielding, Henry (1707-1754)

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Date: 1743

"Love still nourishes [the heart] with a temperate Heat, as the Sun doth our Climate; and Beauties rise after Beauties in the one, just as Fruits do in the other"

— Fielding, Henry (1707-1754)

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Date: 1744

"[O]ne would fancy he had chang'd his very Mind too, or, at least, made him leave his Memory in pawn, for the Overplus of Pride he has lent him"

— Ralph, James (1705-1762); original author: Thomas Tomkis (f. 1604-1615)

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Date: 1744

"In short, Sir, Gold is the true Soul of the World, and the first Mover of all Things."

— Ralph, James (1705-1762); original author: Thomas Tomkis (f. 1604-1615)

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Date: 1745

"O keep the dear impression on your breast, / Nor idly loose it for a wretched jest.

— Thomson, James (1700-1748)

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Date: 1745

"My Brother talks for ever of the Passion, / That fires young Tancred's Breast."

— Thomson, James (1700-1748)

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Date: 1745

"He says that, tho' he were not nobly born, / Nature has form'd him noble, generous, brave, / Truely magnanimous, and warmly scorning / Whatever bears the smallest Taint of Baseness: / That every easy Virtue is his own; / Not learnt by painful Labour, but inspir'd, / Implanted in his Soul."

— Thomson, James (1700-1748)

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