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Date: May 18, 1782, 1785

"Why is the countenance made a mask for the soul, when it should be a mirror, in which every eye might behold the true features of the mind, in the deformity of vice, or the loveliness of virtue!"

— Pilon, Frederick (1750-1788)

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Date: 1785

The "eyesight of discovery" may be blinded by constraints

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

"To this it is owing, that, in ancient languages, the word which denotes the soul, is that which properly signifies breath or air."

— Reid, Thomas (1710-1796)

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Date: 1785

"I saw in this nobleman the best dispositions and best principles; and I saw him, in my mind's eye, to be the representative of the ancient Boyds of Kilmarnock."

— Boswell, James (1740-1795)

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Date: 1785, 1838

The body may feast while the mind may fast

— Crabbe, George (1754-1832)

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Date: 1785, 1838

The mind may be diseased

— Crabbe, George (1754-1832)

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Date: 1786

"A festive glass the drooping mind requires, / His far-off phiz keen Fancy's eye descries"

— Headley, Henry (1765-1788)

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Date: w. 1782, 1786, 1816

"'Drink then this draught,' said the stranger, as he presented to him a phial of a red and yellow mixture: 'and, to satiate the thirst of thy soul, as well as of thy body, know, that I am an Indian; but, from a region of India, which is wholly unknown.'"

— Beckford, William (1760-1844)

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Date: 1786

The infant mind may (and should) be fed with "proper fare"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1786

The growing mind needs better nourishment than "conjugated verbs" and "nouns declined"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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