"When the soul is engrossed by any violent passion, when the imagination forms a lively picture of the charms of a favourite object, represents it as the idol of the heart, adorns it with every attractive grace, and suffers it to make a deep impression on the mind; by degrees the charms, in which we have cloathed and decked it, dazzle the sight, and impose even on ourselves: then wholly engaged thereby, we are insensible to every other object, and misled fo these phantoms, we take our visions for realities."
— Marat, Jean-Paul (1743-1793)
A Philosophical Essay on Man: Being an Attempt to Investigate the Principles and Laws of the Reciprocal Influence of the Soul on the Body, 2 vols. (London: Printed for J. Ridley; and T. Payne, 1773) <Link to Vol. II in ECCO_TCP>