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Date: August 2012

"My father tried turning his thoughts into a substitute immune system."

— Roth, Marco (b. 1974)

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Date: April 12, 2013

"All of which goes to show that the real 'eye' of the beholder is the brain itself."

— Kandel, Eric R. (b. 1929)

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Date: May 12, 2014

"Now a growing stream of research suggests that strengthening this mental muscle, usually with exercises in so-called mindfulness, may help children and adults cope with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and its adult equivalent, attention deficit disorder."

— Goleman, Daniel (b. 1946)

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Date: May 7, 2014

"You learn to keep your mental body armor handy to protect against sudden attacks -- providing precious seconds to collect yourself and fight back."

— Armeni, Damon T.

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Date: May 7, 2014

"This is the day I dream of, when the scars in my mind, like those on my body, will be nothing more than a reminder of darker days."

— Armeni, Damon T.

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Date: May 7, 2014

"Americans must know that the scars from PTSD are very real and in many ways, more painful than the ones caused by bullets or shrapnel."

— Armeni, Damon T.

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Date: December 20, 2014

"Further, just as the human stomach -- unlike the termite's -- can't digest wood, so there are some things our brains just aren't capable of knowing."

— Kaplan, Eric

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Date: March, 2014

"Culture: a kind of knife: / cuts one way     opens / your brain to a certain / breed of light     shaves / consciousness to its // purpose, its cross."

— Seibles, Tim (b. 1955)

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Date: March, 2014

"O, bold, / bare legs of women / upon which my soul beads / like sweat."

— Seibles, Tim (b. 1955)

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Date: November 14, 2015

"The venerated political strategist David Axelrod once described a presidential campaign as 'an M.R.I. for the soul.'"

— Bruni, Frank (b. 1964)

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