The mind bears a mental burthen as the body bears a physical one

— Fielding, Henry (1707-1754)

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The mind bears a mental burthen as the body bears a physical one
Metaphor in Context
"My Affairs, Sir," answered the Gentleman, "are very bad, it is true; and yet there is one Circumstance, which makes you appear to me more the Object of Pity than I am to myself; and it is this, that you must from your Years be a Novice in Affliction; whereas I have served a long Apprenticeship to Misery, and ought, by this Time, to be a pretty good Master of my Trade. To say the Truth, I believe, Habit teaches Men to bear the Burthens of the Mind, as it enures them to bear heavy Burthens on their Shoulders. Without Use and Experience, the strongest Mind s and Bodies both will stagger under a Weight, which Habit might render easy, and even contemptible."
13 entries in ESTC (1752, 1762, 1771, 1775, 1777, 1780, 1790, 1793).

See Amelia. By Henry Fielding, 4 vols. (London: A. Millar, 1752). <Link to ECCO>

Reading Henry Fielding, Amelia, ed. David Blewett (London: Penguin Books, 1987).
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.