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Date: 1733

"It was not for any Credit that she gave to such vain Images, but her Mind was still impress'd with the Vision she saw in her Sleep; and though every Thing seem'd to preclude her Hopes, yet it was not possible for her to renounce the Thoughts of Happiness after what she had seen with her own Eyes."

— Morando, Bernardo (1589-1656); Gaspard-Mo├»se-Augustin de Fontanieu; Anonymous

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Date: 1735

"But the whole Scene of this Voyage made so strong an Impression on my Mind, and is so deeply fixed in my Memory, that in committing it to Paper, I did not omit one material Circumstance"

— Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)

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Date: 1742

"Of this number I could name a Peer no less elevated by Nature than by Fortune, who whilst he wears the noblest Ensigns of Honour on his Person, bears the truest Stamp of Dignity on his Mind, adorned with Greatness, enriched with Knowledge, and embelished with Genius."

— Fielding, Henry (1707-1754)

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Date: 1742

"But as it happens to Persons, who have in their Infancy been thoroughly frightned with certain no Persons called Ghosts, that they retain their Dread of those Beings, after they are convinced that there are no such things; so these young Ladies, tho' they no longer apprehend devouring, cannot so...

— Fielding, Henry (1707-1754)

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Date: 1749

"It was well, perhaps, for poor Tom, that no such Suggestions had been made before he was pardoned; for they certainly stamped in the Mind of Allworthy the first bad Impression concerning Jones."

— Fielding, Henry (1707-1754)

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Date: 1751

"[B]ut this dreadful vision had been the result of that impression which was made upon his brain, by the intolerable anguish of his joints"

— Smollett, Tobias (1721-1777)

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Date: 1751

"[A] circumstance of barbarity, which had made such an impression upon his mind, as disordered his brain, and drove him to despair in a fit of which he had made away with himself, leaving his wife then big with child, to all the horrors of indigence and grief"

— Smollett, Tobias (1721-1777)

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Date: 1751

"[A]s her mother's consent was already obtained, there was surely no necessity for a delay, that must infallibly make a dangerous impression upon his brain and constitution"

— Smollett, Tobias (1721-1777)

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Date: 1752

"His Mind was formed of those firm Materials, of which Nature formerly hammered out the Stoic, and upon which the Sorrows of no Man living could make an Impression. "

— Fielding, Henry (1707-1754)

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Date: 1756, 1766

"[O]ur gracious and good Father makes now and then some friendly impressions upon our minds, and by representing in several lights the terrors and promises of the gospel, excites our hopes and fears"

— Amory, Thomas (1690/1-1788)

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