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Date: 1770

A judge may sit serene "Above all mists of passion"

— Armstrong, John (1708/9-1779)

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Date: 1771

"And, like my friend, a gen'rous aim pursues: / To combat vice in this licentious age, / To teach the pleasing moral from the stage, / The rising gusts of passion to controul"

— Stevens, George Alexander (1710?-1784)

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Date: 1778

Stocks and mercury may stand "All on the elevation, madam, as if they kept time with my passion."

— Robertson, James (fl.1768-1788)

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Date: 1787

"It is enough--my scruples are at an end--my prejudices, like clouds before the rising sun, vanish before the lights of your superior reason."

— Bickerstaff, Isaac (b. 1733, d. after 1808)

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Date: 1799

The fatal mist through which one judges may be dispelled

— Sheridan, Richard Brinsley (1751-1816); Kotzebue (1761-1819)

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