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Date: Saturday, July 16, to Tuesday, July 19, 1709

"Mars, Pallas, Bacchus, and Hercules, have each of them furnished very good similes in their time, and made, doubtless, a greater impression on the mind of a heathen, than they have on that of a modern reader."

— Steele, Sir Richard (1672-1729)

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Date: From Thursd. Sept. 8. to Saturd. Sept. 10. 1709

"For ordinary Minds are wholly governed by their Eyes and Ears, and there is no Way to come at their Hearts but by Power over their Imaginations."

— Steele, Sir Richard (1672-1729)

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Date: From Tuesd. Sept. 13. to Thursd. Sept. 15. 1709

"I have often reflected, that there is a great Similitude in the Motions of the Heart in Mirth and in Sorrow; and I think the usual Occasion of the latter, as well as the former, is something which is sudden and unexpected."

— Steele, Sir Richard (1672-1729)

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Date: From Tuesd. Sept. 13. to Thursd. Sept. 15. 1709

"The Strings of the Heart, which are to be touched to give us Compassion, are not so played on but by the finest Hand."

— Steele, Sir Richard (1672-1729)

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Date: From Thursd. Nov. 24 to Saturd. Nov. 26. 1709

"I Have been this Evening recollecting what Passages (since I could first think) have left the strongest Impressions upon my Mind; and after strict Enquiry, I am convinced, that the Impulses I have received from Theatrical Representations, have had a greater Effect, than otherwise would have been...

— Steele, Sir Richard (1672-1729)

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Date: From Tuesday Dec. 13. to Thursd. Dec. 15. 1709

"To tell you truly, said I, about the Thirtieth Year of my Age, I received a Wound that has still left a Scar in my Mind, never to be quite worn out by Time or Philosophy."

— Steele, Sir Richard (1672-1729)

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Date: From Saturd. Dec. 24. to Tuesd. Dec. 27. 1709

"Besides that, the Slackening and Unbending our Minds on some Occasions, makes them exert themselves with greater Vigour and Alacrity, when they return to their proper and natural State."

— Steele, Sir Richard (1672-1729)

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Date: 1710

"Now, thought is to the mind what motion is to the body; both are equally improved by exercise and impaired by disuse"

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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Date: 1710, 1734

Ideas may be brought "bare and naked" into one's view, keeping out" the names.

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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Date: 1710, 1734

"It is evident to any one who takes a survey of the objects of human knowledge, that they are either ideas actually imprinted on the senses"

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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