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Date: 1697

"We are not pleas'd a glorious World to know, / Whereof our Senses no Impression show."

— Blackmore, Sir Richard (1654-1729)

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Date: 1697

"At such Reflections do's not Nature start, / And try at every Spring to touch your Heart? / Do's not soft Pity's fire begin to burn, / Do not your yearning Bowels in you turn? / In such a case Breasts arm'd with temper'd Steel / And Hearts of Marble, should impression feel."

— Blackmore, Sir Richard (1654-1729)

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Date: 1697

"Let every thing we desire to remember, be fairly written and distinctly, and divided into Periods with large Characters in the beginnings for by this means we shall the more readily imprint the Matter and Words in our Minds, the more remarkable the Writing appears to the Eye."

— D'Assigny, Marius (1643-1717)

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Date: 1697

" Let these Characters, or Beginnings of every Period, be well imprinted in our Minds, for they will quickly bring thither the whole Discourse also."

— D'Assigny, Marius (1643-1717)

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Date: 1697

"For this Similitude will certainly imprint the Thing or Person so in our Mind, that if we do casually forget, we shall the more easily recover the lost Idea; because the Idea that we have already in Memory, and that hath a resemblance and relation to that which is absent in some known Particular...

— D'Assigny, Marius (1643-1717)

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Date: 1697

"We may imprint in our Minds, and fix things in Memory, by thinking upon their Contraries or Opposites; and we may by the same means better remember things that are almost blotted out of our Imagination."

— D'Assigny, Marius (1643-1717)

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Date: 1702

"But if a Love of the sublimest Kind / Can make Impressions on a gen'rous Mind:"

— Pomfret, John (1667-1702)

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Date: 1702

"Or how the Mem'ry does th' Impression take / Of Things, and to the Mind restores 'em back."

— Pomfret, John (1667-1702)

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Date: 1705

"My Reasons always due Impressions made, / Proofs that are felt, are fittest to perswade."

— Blackmore, Sir Richard (1654-1729)

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Date: 1708

"Besides, he has given an account of those several steps and degrees by which a Man is brought to this perfection; till his Soul is like a polish'd Looking-glass, in which he beholds the Truth: and then he swims in pleasure, and rejoyces exceedingly in his Mind, because of the impressions of Trut...

— Ockley, Simon (bap. 1679, d. 1720)

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