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Date: 1798

"In making observations upon subjects which are new to us, we must be content to use our memory unassisted at first by our reason; we must treasure up the ore and rubbish together, because we cannot immediately distinguish them from each other."

— Edgeworth, Maria

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Date: 1798

"When cards are dealt to us, we can sort our hand according to the known probabilities of the game, and a new arrangement is easily made when we hear what is trumps."

— Edgeworth, Maria

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Date: 1798

"Admitting the justice of these assertions, we see that memory to great men is but a subordinate servant, a treasurer who receives, and is expected to keep faithfully whatever is committed to his care; and not only to preserve faithfully all deposits, but to produce them at the moment they are wa...

— Edgeworth, Maria

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Date: 1798

"My mother I have never seen--never by affection's ties has she chained my soul to her's!"

— Plumptre, Anne (1760-1818); Kotzebue (1761-1819)

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Date: 1798

"But I'm a Bust with Heart of Steel, / That can nor Pain nor Pleasure feel."

— Elizabeth [née Lady Elizabeth Berkeley], margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach-Bayreuth [other married name Elizabeth Craven, Lady Craven] (1750-1828)

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Date: 1799

"Soul-chearing rays" may be eclipsed

— Seward, Anna (1742-1809)

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Date: 1799

Images may invade [the mind?]

— Seward, Anna (1742-1809)

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Date: w. 1784, 1799

"Pleased she surveys her infant charge, / Beholds the mental powers enlarge, / And as the young ideas rise, / Directs their issues to the skies."

— West, Jane (1758-1852)

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Date: 1799

God may diffuse his light into our hearts

— Plumptre, Anne (1760-1818); Kotzebue (1761-1819)

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Date: 1799

One may hie "From his own blank inanity"

— Seward, Anna (1742-1809)

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