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Date: 1728

"I must have Women. There is nothing unbends the Mind like them."

— Gay, John (1685-1732)

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Date: 1732

"The vulgar (by whom I understand all those who do not make a free use of their reason) are apt to take these prejudices for things sacred and unquestionable, believing them to be imprinted on the hearts of men by God himself, or conveyed by revelation from heaven, or to carry with them so great ...

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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Date: 1732

"Trace it to the fountain-head, and you shall not find that you had it by any of your senses, the only true means of discovering what is real and substantial in nature: you will find it lying amongst other old lumber in some obscure corner of the imagination, the proper receptacle of visions, fan...

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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Date: 1732

"He that wants the proper materials of thought, may think and meditate for ever to no purpose: those cobwebs spun by scholars out of their own brains being alike unserviceable, either for use or ornament."

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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Date: 1732

"Gorgias hath gone further, demonstrating man to be a piece of clock-work or machine; and that thought or reason are the same thing as the impulse of one ball against another."

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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Date: 1732

"To remove and cast off a heap of rubbish that has been gathering upon the soul from our very infancy, requires great courage and great strength of faculties."

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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Date: 1732

"It is very possible, the heroic labours of these men may be represented (for what is not capable of misrepresentation?) as a piratical plundering and stripping the mind of its wealth and ornaments, when it is in truth the divesting it only of its prejudices, and reducing it to its untainted orig...

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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Date: 1736, 1743

"Hail, heav'n-born Piety! unknown / Where mad Ambition taints the Mind."

— Wesley, Samuel, the Younger (1691-1739)

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Date: 1736, 1743

"But Care no Desert can exclude, / We haunt ourselves in Solitude."

— Wesley, Samuel, the Younger (1691-1739)

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Date: 1739

"True Witness of my Sonship Thou, / Engraving Pardon on my Heart: / Seal of my Sins in CHRIST forgiven, / Earnest of Love, and Pledge of Heav'n."

— Wesley, John and Charles

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