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Date: 1390

"Minerve for the hed thei soghten, / For sche was wys, and of a man / The wit and reson which he can / Is in the celles of the brayn, / Wherof thei made hire soverain."

— Gower, John (c. 1330-1408)

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Date: 1536

"For just as when through the mind and understanding men grasp a knowledge of things, and from this are said 'to know,' this is the source of the word 'knowledge,' so also when they have a sense of divine judgment, as a witness joined to them, which does not allow them to hide their sins from bei...

— Calvin, John (1509-1564)

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Date: 1588

"My mind to me a kingdom is; / Such perfect joy therein I find / That it excels all other bliss / Which God or nature hath assign'd."

— Dyer, Sir Edward (1543-1607)

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Date: 1590?, 1623

"My thoughts do harbour with my Silvia nightly, / And slaves they are to me, that send them flying. "

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: w. 1592-3 or 1595?, 1623

"My crown is in my heart, not on my head; / Not decked with diamonds and Indian stones, / Nor to be seen. My crown is called content."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1594

"There is enough written upon this earth / To stir a mutiny in the mildest thoughts."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1594, 1623

"Call home thy ancient thoughts from banishment, / And banish hence these abject lowly dreams."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1594

"And the Law of Reason or human Nature is that which men by discourse of natural Reason have rightly found out themselves to be all for ever bound unto in their actions."

— Hooker, Richard (1554-1600)

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Date: 1594

"And to conclude, the general principles thereof are such, as it is not easy to find men ignorant of them, Law rational therefore, which men commonly use to call the Law of Nature, meaning thereby the Law which human Nature knoweth itself in reason universally bound unto, which also for that caus...

— Hooker, Richard (1554-1600)

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Date: 1596

"Vnderstanding is that facultie in the soale whereby we vse reason: and it is the more principall part seruing to rule and order the whole man, and therefore it is placed in the soule to be as the wagginer in the waggin."

— Perkins, William (1558-1602)

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