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Date: 1718

""Lausippus and Zeno, [sperm] 'tis a Body, and it is a Fragment of the Soul."

— Plutarch (c. 46-120)

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Date: 1718

"Pythagoras, Plato and Aristotle, that the Spermatick Faculty is incorporeal, as the Mind is which moves the Body, but the effused Matter is corporeal."

— Plutarch (c. 46-120)

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Date: Monday, June 8. 1724.

"I am, you must know, then, a kind of immaterial Anatomist: I can dissect an Imagination; or disembowel a Quality: I am about to make publick Profession of my Art: And having my Chariot as good as ready, the rest of my Apparatus will be, comparatively, of no Consequence."

— Hill, Aaron (1685-1750)

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Date: Monday, June 8. 1724.

"I am, therefore, inclinable, since very much of my Practice will lie among the Ladies, to call myself a Mind-Midwife: Insinuating, by that Hint, That I can see 'em as safely brought to Bed of their Affectation, and other spiritual Conceptions, as they can be assisted, in their Matrimonal Pregnan...

— Hill, Aaron (1685-1750)

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Date: Monday, June 22. 1724

"I express myself, with much Seriousness, when I declare, as I here do, that I know not one Science, so Advantageous in Theory, as Mr. Jyngle's New System of Mind Midwifery."

— Hill, Aaron (1685-1750)

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Date: Monday, June 22. 1724

"I shall proceed, to lay down some general Rules, and short Recipes, by way of Specimen, that the Ladies, especially, may encourage a Pocket Volume, which I intend shortly to publish, on the Subject of Mind-Labours, and Deliveries, and which I only wish may be dispersed into as many Hands as Culp...

— Hill, Aaron (1685-1750)

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Date: Monday, August 24. 1724

"There is a Dropsy, in his Mind, and his Thirst augments, with drinking."

— Hill, Aaron (1685-1750)

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Date: Monday, July 13, 1724

"This comes to acquaint you, That my dear Spouse is taken sick, of a sudden, and stands in need, to the utmost Degree, of that Experience in Mind-Midwifery, which you gave out Bills about, in your XXVIIth Paper."

— Hill, Aaron (1685-1750)

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Date: Friday, November 6. 1724.

"Where this Passion is Real, It will be the Sovereign of the Mind. It moulds the Soul to its own Purposes; and lends its own Eyes to the Understanding."

— Hill, Aaron (1685-1750)

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Date: Friday, January 15, 1725

"I have transplanted this good Custom [of looking back from rising ground while walking], from my Body, into my Mind; which I have, for some Years past, inur'd to make Pauses, now and then, in Life; and reckon over its past Stages, and the Uses I have adapted them to: And This I sometimes do, aft...

— Hill, Aaron (1685-1750)

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