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Date: Tuesday, October 2, 1753

"It has been discovered by Sir Isaac Newton, that the distinct and primogenial colours are only seven; but every eye can witness, that from various mixtures, in various proportions, infinite diversifications of tints may be produced. In like manner, the passions of the mind, which put the world i...

— Johnson, Samuel (1709-1784)

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Date: 1754

"But memory will never present ideas to the human mind, as it does perhaps to superior intelligences, like objects in a mirror, where they may be viewed at every instant, all at once, without effort or toil, in their original freshness, and with their original precision, such as they were when th...

— St John, Henry, styled first Viscount Bolingbroke (1678-1751)

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Date: 1755

The heart may follow the "light of sound and sincere judgment, without either cloud of prejudice or mist of passion"

— Hooker [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1755

"The only true zeal is that which is guided by a good light in the head"

— Spratt [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1755

"Where beams of warm imagination play, / The memory's soft figures melt away"

— Pope [from Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language]

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Date: 1756, 1766

"I will love thee therefore, O Lord, my strength; yea, I will love thee: and it ever shall be my heart's desire, that my soul may behold by faith in its self, as in a glass, the glory of the Lord, able and ready to change it into the same image from glory to glory, reflected upon, and conveyed to...

— Amory, Thomas (1690/1-1788)

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Date: 1756, 1766

From "the natural lights of our understanding" we have the highest reason to conclude we will be rewarded or punished in the afterlife

— Amory, Thomas (1690/1-1788)

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Date: 1756, 1766

God may cast his "bright beams of light upon our souls, and irradiate our understandings with the rays of ... wisdom"

— Amory, Thomas (1690/1-1788)

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Date: 1746, 1757

"Yet tho' to human Sight invisible, / If She, whom I implore, Urania deign, / With Euphrasy to purge away the Mists / Which, humid, dim the Mirror of the Mind; / (As Venus gave ├ćneas to behold / The angry Gods with Flame o'erwhelming Troy, / Neptune and Pallas,) not in vain, I'll sing / The mysti...

— Thompson, William (bap. 1712, d.c. 1766)

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Date: 1757

"Shall ev'ry blockhead think his mind, / Like yours, the mirrour of mankind?"

— Boyce, Samuel (d. 1775)

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