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Date: September 10, 1836

"Hundreds of writers may be found in every long-civilized nation, who for a short time believe, and make others believe, that they see and utter truths, who do not of themselves clothe one thought in its natural garment, but who feed unconsciously on the language created by the primary writers of...

— Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)

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Date: 1982

"'I can still see Wilkie,' says a contemporary, 'late for a speech, running through the library, raincoat over his shoulder, half done up, like his mind.'"

— Smith, Richard Norton (b. 1953)

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Date: July 23, 1995

"His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free."

— Smith, Chuck

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Date: Februrary 25, 2009

"He thinks that discourses are 'established conventions' and that language is a resource which constrains what can be said – as if words were ill-fitting clothes within which thoughts are confined."

— Wootton, David

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Date: 2018

"[A]ll the thoughts we produce are organized like clothes in a wardrobe, with trousers on one shelf, sweaters on another."

— Knausgaard, Karl Ove (b. 1968)

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