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Date: c. 1603

"But do you suppose, when all the approaches and entrances to men's minds are beset and blocked by the most obscure idols -- idols deeply implanted and, as it were, burned in -- that any clean and polished surface remains in the mirror of the mind on which the genuine natural light of things can ...

— Bacon, Sir Francis, Lord Verulam (1561-1626)

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Date: 1605

"This kind of degenerate learning did chiefly reign amongst the schoolmen, who having sharp and strong wits, and abundance of leisure, and small variety of reading, but their wits being shut up in the cells of a few authors (chiefly Aristotle their dictator) as their persons were shut up in the c...

— Bacon, Sir Francis, Lord Verulam (1561-1626)

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Date: 1605, 1640

"Let us now pass on to the judicial place or palace of the mind, which we are to approach and view with more reverence and attention."

— Bacon, Sir Francis, Lord Verulam (1561-1626)

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Date: 1607

"Now for the body, as well it leuils at it: for those who distemper and misdiet them selues with vntimely and vnwonted surfeting, who make their bodies the noysome sepulchers of their soules, not considering the estate of their enfeebled body what will be accordant to it, not waighing their compl...

— Walkington, Thomas (b. c. 1575, d. 1621)

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Date: 1607

"Whose soule by his selfe ignorance (not knowing what repast was most conuenient for his body) was pent vp and as it were fettred in these his corps as in her dungeon."

— Walkington, Thomas (b. c. 1575, d. 1621)

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Date: 1615

"The head, the Castle and tower of the soule, the seate of reason, the mansion house of wisedome, the treasury of memory, iudgement, and discourse, wherein mankinde is most like to the Angels or intelligencies, obtaining the loftiest and most eminent place in the body; doth it not elegantly resem...

— Crooke, Helkiah (1576-1648)

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Date: 1615

"As the soul of man is of all sublunary formes the most noble, so his Body, the house of the soul, doth so far excel, as it may well be called [μετρσ], the measure and rule of all other bodies."

— Crooke, Helkiah (1576-1648)

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Date: 1615

"Secondly, that the functions and offices of the outward senses, which are all placed as it were a guard in pension, in the palace of the head, and in the view and presence Chamber of Reason, which is their sovereign, might in a more excellent manner be exercised and put in practice."

— Crooke, Helkiah (1576-1648)

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Date: 1615

"The eyes are the discouerers of the mind, as the countenance is the Image of the same; by the eyes as by a window, you may looke euen into the secret corners of the Soule: so that it was well sayde of Alexander ... that the eyes are the mirror or Looking-glasse of the Soule."

— Crooke, Helkiah (1576-1648)

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Date: 1615

"First, of all living creatures, only man hath a head made into a round and circular form, as it were turned on a wheel, both that it might be the more capable to receive a greater quantity of brains, and less apt to be over-taken with danger either from without or within; as also, for the more ...

— Crooke, Helkiah (1576-1648)

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