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Date: 1740, 1742

Children are at a time in their life "when, like Wax, their tender Minds may be moulded into what Shape they please"

— Richardson, Samuel (bap. 1689, d. 1761)

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Date: 1740, 1742

"Your two Souls, I can see that, are like well-tun'd Instruments: But they are too high-set for me a vast deal."

— Richardson, Samuel (bap. 1689, d. 1761)

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Date: 1740, 1742

"I can write my whole Mind to you, tho' I cannot, from the most deplorable Infelicity, receive from you the wish'd for Favour of a few Lines in Return, written with the same Unreservedness."

— Richardson, Samuel (bap. 1689, d. 1761)

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Date: 1740, 1742

A mother may "watch the beamy Dawnings of Reason" in her child and direct his or her "little Passions, as they shew themselves, to this or that particular Point of Benefit and Use"

— Richardson, Samuel (bap. 1689, d. 1761)

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Date: 1740, 1742

A mother may "prepare the sweet Virgin Soil of [her childrens'] Minds to receive the Seeds of Virtue and Goodness so early, that as they grow up, one need only now a little Pruning, and now a little Watering, to make them the Ornaments and Delights of the Garden of this Life!

— Richardson, Samuel (bap. 1689, d. 1761)

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Date: 1740

"My Tongue has slipp'd, and quite deceiv'd my Heart, / That melts like Wax before your hottest Anger"

— Sheffield, John, first duke of Buckingham and Normanby (1647-1721)

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Date: 1740

Pamela talks to her heart which is a "busy Fool" and a "busy Simpleton"

— Richardson, Samuel (bap. 1689, d. 1761)

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Date: 1740

Mr. B's "Presence, like the Sun, has dissipated the Mists that hung upon my Mind"

— Richardson, Samuel (bap. 1689, d. 1761)

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Date: 1740

"Love, Thy image love, impart, / Stamp it on our face and heart"

— Wesley, John and Charles

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Date: 1740

"Be I, O Thou my better part, / A seal impress'd upon Thy heart:"

— Wesley, John and Charles

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