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Date: 1782

"I will aim at both sides of him--his pity and his pride--which, alas!--the last I mean, finds a first-floor in the breast of every son of Adam."

— Sancho, Charles Ignatius (1729-1780)

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Date: 1782

"Youth is naturally prone to vanity--such is the weakness of Human Nature, that pride has a fortress in the best of hearts--I know no person that possesses a better than Johnny W--e--but although flattery is poison to youth, yet truth obliges me to confess that your correspondence betrays no symp...

— Sancho, Charles Ignatius (1729-1780)

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Date: April, 1783

If human souls are of an essence pure, / How fix ideas in them to endure? / And if material, canst not thou, Monro, / The little cells of our ideas show?"

— Boswell, James (1740-1795)

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Date: April, 1783

"When we talk of a storehouse of our ideas, we are only forming an imagination of something similar to an enclosed portion of space in which material objects are reposited. But who ever actually saw this storehouse, or can have any clear perception of it when he endeavours by thinking closely to ...

— Boswell, James (1740-1795)

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Date: April, 1783

"As, however, his penetration could not but see that all this is absolutely incompatible with a spiritual substance which mind is, he, immediately without any interruption or preparation whatever, proceeds very quietly, though most effectually, to contradict what he has been assuming, and to anni...

— Boswell, James (1740-1795)

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Date: 1783

"At this window (as the wise man calls it) the soul is often seen in her genuine character, even when the porter below (I mean the tongue) is endeavouring to persuade us, that she is not within, that she is otherwise employed, or that she is quite a different person"

— Beattie, James (1735-1803)

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Date: 1783

"If thoughts could occupy space, we might be tempted to think, that we had laid them up in certain cells or repositories, to remain there till we had occasion for them."

— Beattie, James (1735-1803)

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Date: 1783

"Does the human soul go up to the pia mater, as a housewife does to her garret, only at certain times? Or, if she makes it her place of abode, are there any corners of it which she is unacquainted with, or neglects to look into?'

— Beattie, James (1735-1803)

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Date: 1783

"In the places thus appropriated to the artificial Memory (supposing them the apartments of the house) there would be moveables; as statues and pictures in one warlike weapons in another, tables and couches in a third: or, if they did not admit of such furniture, it would be easy for the orator t...

— Beattie, James (1735-1803)

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Date: 1783

"If, therefore, you are well instructed in theology, the argument of every Sermon will be familiar to you; on every such argument your mind will be stored with a great variety of expression; you can never be at a loss for topicks; and your quotations will be no burden to your Memory"

— Beattie, James (1735-1803)

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