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Date: 1774

"Will the holy flame of liberty which burnt in their breasts never burn in yours?"

— Marat, Jean-Paul (1743-1793)

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Date: 1774

"Thus the love of independency, for want of fuel, is extinguished in every breast."

— Marat, Jean-Paul (1743-1793)

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Date: 1774

"When once honours are discredited, an incentive to generous actions, to great deeds, is wanting; and the love of glory, for want of fewel, is extinguished in every heart."

— Marat, Jean-Paul (1743-1793)

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Date: 1774

"I expect the incomparable fair one of Hamburg, that prodigy of beauty, and paragon of good sense, who has enslaved your mind, and inflamed your heart."

— Stanhope, Philip Dormer, fourth earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773)

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Date: 1774

"As you found your brain considerably affected by the cold, you were very prudent not to turn it to poetry in that situation; and not less judicious in declining the borrowed aid of a stove, whose fumigation, instead of inspiration, would at best have produced what Mr. Pope calls a souterkin<...

— Stanhope, Philip Dormer, fourth earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773)

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Date: 1776-1789

"The minds of men were gradually reduced to the same level, the fire of genius was extinguished, and even the military spirit evaporated."

— Gibbon, Edward (1737-1794)

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Date: 1776-1789

"The casual disputes that so frequently happened in their tumultuous parties of hunting or drinking were sufficient to inflame the minds of whole nations"

— Gibbon, Edward (1737-1794)

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Date: 1776

"But who that has the least spark of imagination, sees not how languid the latter expression is, when compared with the former."

— Campbell, George (1719-1796)

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Date: December 10, 1776; 1777

"But I am persuaded, that scarce a poet is to be found, from Homer down to Dryden, who preserved a sound mind in a sound body, and continued practising his profession to the very last, whose later works are not as replete with the fire of imagination, as those which were produced in...

— Reynolds, Joshua (1723-1792)

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Date: w. 1755, 1777

"But admitting a spiritual substance to be dispersed throughout the universe, like the ethereal fire of the Stoics, and to be the only inherent subject of thought, we have reason to conclude from analogy, that nature uses it after the same manner she does the other substance, matter."

— Hume, David (1711-1776)

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