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Date: 1785

"Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body, and stamp no character on the mind."

— Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)

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Date: 1787

"But his imagination [Ignatius Sancho's] is wild and extravagant, escapes incessantly from every restraint of reason and taste, and, in the course of its vagaries, leaves a tract of thought as incoherent and eccentric, as is the course of a meteor through the sky."

— Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)

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Date: 1799

"My heart began now, for the first time, to droop"

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1799

"Surely some insanity has fastened on my understanding"

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1799

Dreams haunt "undisciplined and unenlightened" imaginations

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1799

"It seemed as if I were walking in the dark and might rush into snares or drop into pits before I was aware of my danger"

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1799

"I cannot well account for the revolution in my mind."

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1799

"A mind thus susceptible of new impressions must be, I conceived, of a wonderful texture."

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1799

"In stepping to the instrument some motion or appearance awakened a thought in my mind, which affected my feelings like the shock of an earthquake"

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1799

"The images that haunted me at home and abroad, in her absence and her presence, gradually coalesced into one shape, and gave birth to an incessant train of latent palpitations and indefinable hopes"

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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