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Date: 1690, 1694, 1695, 1700, 1706

"The Understanding, like the Eye, whilst it makes us see, and perceive all other Things, takes no notice of itself: And it requires Art and Pains to set it at a distance and make it its own Object."

— Locke, John (1632-1704)

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Date: 1690, 1694, 1695, 1700, 1706

"We may as well think the use of Reason necessary to make our Eyes discover visible Objects, as that there should be need of Reason, of the Exercise thereof, to make the Understanding see, what is Originally engraven in it"

— Locke, John (1632-1704)

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Date: 1690, 1694, 1695, 1700, 1706

"This would be, to make Nature take Pains to no Purpose; Or, at least, to write very ill; since its Characters could not be read by those Eyes, which saw other things very well: and those are very ill supposed the clearest parts of Truth, and the Foundations of all our Knowledge."

— Locke, John (1632-1704)

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Date: 1690, 1694, 1695, 1700, 1706

It is as impossible to see with another's eyes as to know with another's understanding

— Locke, John (1632-1704)

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Date: 1690, 1694, 1695, 1700, 1706

"I know it is an Opinion, that the Soul always thinks, and that it has the actual Perception of Ideas in it self constantly, as long as it exists; and that actual thinking is as inseparable from the Soul, as actual Extension is from the Body; which if true, to enquire after the beginning of a Man...

— Locke, John (1632-1704)

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Date: 1690, 1694, 1695, 1700, 1706

"How, as it were in an instant, do our Minds, with one glance, see all the parts of a demonstration, which may very well be called a long one, if we consider the time it will require to put into words, and step by step shew it another?"

— Locke, John (1632-1704)

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Date: 1690, 1694, 1695, 1700, 1706

"The Mind very often sets it self on work in search of some hidden Idea, and turns, as it were, the Eye of the Soul upon it."

— Locke, John (1632-1704)

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Date: 1690, 1694, 1695, 1700, 1706

There is "Nothing being so beautiful to the Eye, as Truth is to the Mind"

— Locke, John (1632-1704)

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Date: 1690, 1694, 1695, 1700, 1706

"For in this the Mind is at no pains of proving or examining, but perceives the Truth, as the Eye doth light, only by being directed towards it."

— Locke, John (1632-1704)

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Date: 1690, 1694, 1695, 1700, 1706

"The bent of our own minds may favour it as much as we please; that may show it to be a fondling of our own, but will by no means prove it to be an offspring of heaven, and of divine original."

— Locke, John (1632-1704)

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