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Date: 1748, 1749

"'Tis this which is the source of all our sentiments, of all our pleasures, passions, and thoughts; for the brain has its proper muscles for thinking, as well as the legs have theirs for walking."

— Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709-1751)

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Date: 1759

The mind sees the truth as the eye sees light

— Alembert, Jean le Rond d' (1717-1783)

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Date: 1762

"The legislative power is the heart of the State; the executive power is its brain, which causes the movement of all the parts."

— Rousseau, Jean-Jacques (1712-1778)

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Date: 1762

"The public force therefore needs an agent of its own to bind it together and set it to work under the direction of the general will, to serve as a means of communication between the State and the Sovereign, and to do for the collective person more or less what the union of soul and body does for...

— Rousseau, Jean-Jacques (1712-1778)

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