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Date: 1796

"Edgar, touched by a comparison to the person he most honoured, gratefully looked his acknowledgment; and all displeasure at her flight, even from Thomson's scene of conjugal felicity, was erased from his mind."

— Burney [married name D'Arblay], Frances (1752-1840)

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Date: 1796

"I then--alas, too late! dived deeper, with, then, useless investigation,--and discovered an early passion, never erased from her mind;--discovered--that I had never made her happy! that she was merely enduring, suffering me--while my whole confiding soul was undividedly hers!"

— Burney [married name D'Arblay], Frances (1752-1840)

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Date: 2003

"In fact, it seems quite plausible that some version of this axiom (perhaps 'Even a paranoid can have enemies,' uttered by Henry Kissinger) is so indelibly inscribed in the brains of baby boomers that it offers us the continuing illusion of possessing a special insight into the epistemologies of ...

— Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky (1950-2009)

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Date: 2010

"The idea of sex with a woman, of 'having a lesbian lover,' was simply unthinkable, like living alone at the North Pole or deciding to become a lycanthrope. If the thought existed at all, it was a mote, a sweet nothing--a little 'feather on the breath of God,' barely sensed now and then, but most...

— Castle, Terry (b. 1953)

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Date: September 5, 2011

"He [Derek Parfit] pictures his thinking self as a government minister sitting behind a large desk, who writes a question on a piece of paper and puts it in his out-tray. The minister then sits idly at the desk, twiddling his thumbs, while in some back room civil servants labor furiously, come up...

— MacFarquhar, Larissa

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Date: March 5, 2015

"We all have crowded bookshelves in our heads crammed with texts for every person we know. They knock about in our skulls, falling off the shelves. We refer to them again and again, wearing the pages thin."

— Grossman-Heinze, Dahlia

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Date: November 15, 2016

"He [Trump] has set the worst human impulses marching. But there are no clean slates in the unconscious."

— Rose, Jacqueline (b. 1949)

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Date: December 10, 2017

"Writing to Wilhelm Fleiss in 1896, Freud used the word Nachträglichkeit --'retranscription'--to describe the brain's action of calling up a memory and revising it in response to fresh circumstances."

— Krauss, Nicole (b. August 18, 1974)

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