"The mind of man is, at first, a kind of tabula rasa; or like a piece of blank paper, and bears no original inscriptions, when we come into the world; we owe all the characters afterwards drawn upon it, to the impressions made upon our senses; to education, custom, and the like."
— Fielding, John, Sir (1721-1780)
Text from The Universal Mentor; Containing, Essays on the Most Important Subjects in Life; Composed of Observations, Sentiments, and Examples of Virtue, Selected from the most approved Ethic Writers, Biographers, and Historians. Both Antient and Modern. By Sir John Fielding, Kn. (Dublin: Printed for Sarah Cotter, and Samuel Watson, 1763). <Link to ESTC>