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Date: 1725

"I ever been a Disciple of Artemedorus, I shou'd have been very uneasy at my last Night's Dream, which made so dreadful an Impression upon my Fancy, that I have hardly yet recovered it."

— Davys, Mary (1674-1732)

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Date: 1726

"But the Occasion had imprinted in my Mind a lively Idea of him."

— Chetwood, William Rufus (d. 1766)

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Date: 1726

" I remember very well, after this Accident, whenever I had Occasion to cross a Stile, in Pensylvania or Old England, I ever took Care to look before me; so lasting is the Impression of Fear and Danger upon the Minds of Men."

— Chetwood, William Rufus (d. 1766)

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Date: 1726

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