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Date: November 25, 1707; 1708

"The cursed Deed will turn me savage wild, / Blot ev'ry Thought of Nature from my Soul."

— Rowe, Nicholas (1674-1718)

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Date: 1722

"I believe my mistress herself has signed and sealed, in her heart, to Mr. Myrtle--did I not bid you kiss me but once and be gone?"

— Steele, Sir Richard (1672-1729)

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Date: 1726

"How the weak Mind a naked Blank, receives, / The first Impression Time, or Custom gives."

— Johnson, Charles (1679?-1748)

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