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Date: 1785

Play [gambling] may be a ruling passion

— MacNally, Leonard (1752-1820)

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Date: 1785

In the "scales of suspense" two fancies may be hung

— MacNally, Leonard (1752-1820)

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Date: 1785

"To Younge, where the smile-stealing comic we find, / With the soft, the sublime, and the graceful combin'd. / To Younge who can each diff'rent passion impart, / Who pleases the judgement, but conquers the heart, / And guided by Nature, is followed by Art."

— MacNally, Leonard (1752-1820)

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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

"Love is a lady's profession, / Her heart is so tenderly cast, / Like wax it will take an impression, / But then the impression will last"

— Colman, George, the younger (1762-1836)

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Date: 1785

"While in high life our hearts the fashions steel, / Too gay to listen, and too fine to feel--"

— Cumberland, Richard (1732-1811)

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Date: May 18, 1782, 1785

"Why is the countenance made a mask for the soul, when it should be a mirror, in which every eye might behold the true features of the mind, in the deformity of vice, or the loveliness of virtue!"

— Pilon, Frederick (1750-1788)

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Date: May 18, 1782, 1785

"Oh, that every heart was like mine, a stranger to dissimulation!"

— Pilon, Frederick (1750-1788)

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Date: December 8, 1785, 1786

"And I from my purpose will never depart, / To bind faster those bonds in which Love holds your heart."

— Cobb, James (1756-1818)

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Date: March 29, 1785; 1793

"Do, mother, put your hand upon my heart, it springs like a bird in my breast with joy."

— Pilon, Frederick (1750-1788)

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