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Date: 1665

Minds are "like smooth paper never writ upon, / When folded up, by some impression / Marks will remain it never had before, / And ne're return to former smoothness more."

— Howard, Sir Robert (1626-1698)

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Date: 1671

"[C]onfirm it within ... With my hand seal & heart--"

— Howard, Edward (bap. 1624, d. 1712)

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Date: August, 1674; 1675

"Your bounties too him have long since deeply engraven his crimes in my Soul"

— Crowne, John (bap. 1641, d. 1712)

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Date: 1680

Faults may be blotted from the breast

— D'Urfey, Thomas (1653?-1723)

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Date: 1681

"My Lady Millicent did me the honour to inform of some expressions of yours in favour of me; each syllable of which is engraven in my heart"

— D'Urfey, Thomas (1653?-1723)

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Date: November 25, 1707; 1708

"The cursed Deed will turn me savage wild, / Blot ev'ry Thought of Nature from my Soul."

— Rowe, Nicholas (1674-1718)

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Date: 1717

"Thou hast resolv'd his Fate, I read thy Soul, / This ten long Months I've study'd thy dark Breast / And know the Want of Vertue in thy Frame, / Which must subject thee to the Mind, that knows thee."

— Manley, Delarivier (c. 1670-1724)

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Date: April 18, 1721

"If, after Death, our Forms (as some believe) / Shall be transparent, naked every Thought, / And Friends meet Friends, and read each other's Hearts, / Thou'lt know one day, that thou wast held most dear. / Farewel."

— Young, Edward (bap. 1683, d. 1765)

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Date: February 22, 1723

"Sir, let her crime / Erase the faithful characters, which love / Imprinted on your heart."

— Fenton, Elijah (1683-1730)

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Date: 1726

"How the weak Mind a naked Blank, receives, / The first Impression Time, or Custom gives."

— Johnson, Charles (1679?-1748)

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