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Date: 1600

"And in her bosom I'll unclasp my heart / And take her hearing prisoner with the force / And strong encounter of my amorous tale."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1600

"I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart. But the saying is true: 'The empty vessel makes the greatest sound.'"

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1600

"But see, thy fault France hath in thee found out: / A nest of hollow bosoms, which he fills / With treacherous crowns."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: w. c. 90, trans. 1611

"A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things."

— Matthew the Evangelist

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Date: w. c. 90, trans. 1611

"And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart."

— Luke the Evangelist (d. c. 84)

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Date: 1611

"But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?"

— Luke the Evangelist (d. c. 84)

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Date: 1611-12, 1623

"Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased; / Pluck from the memory of a rooted sorrow; / Raze out the written troubles of the brain; / And with some sweet oblivious antidote / Cleanse the stuff'd bosom of that perilous stuff / Which weighs upon the heart?"

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1614, 1638

"The soules of Women and Lovers, are wrapt in the port-manque of their senses."

— Overbury, Sir Thomas (bap. 1581, d. 1613)

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Date: 1632

"Looke as it is with a Gold smith that melteth the metall that he is to make a vessell of, if after the melting thereof, there follow a cooling, it had beene as good it had never beene melted, it is as hard, haply harder, as unfit, haply unfitter, then it was before to make vessell of; but after ...

— Hooker, Richard (1554-1600)

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Date: 1641

"Now admittedly, it is not necessary that I ever light upon any thought of God; but whenever I do choose to think of the first and supreme being, and bring forth the idea of God from the treasure house of my mind as it were, it is necessary that I attribute all perfections to him, even if I do no...

— Descartes, René (1596-1650)

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