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Date: 1694

The soul is "a spark of the Divine Mind" and "a blast of Almighty Breath"

— Aristotle [pseud.]

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Date: Monday, May 26, 1712

"I faint; I die! my laboring Breast / Is with the mighty Weight of Love opprest: / I feel the Fire possess my Heart, / And pain conveyed to every Part."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1731

Say "How Fancy ev'ry Shape puts on, / How kindling Sparks her Form compose, / And whence that ever shining Train / That Memory or Experience shows."

— Travers, H. (f. 1730)

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Date: 2006

"You doused my soul with gasoline / You flicked a match into my brain."

— Sonic Youth [Kim A Gordon, Thurston Joseph Moore, Lee M Ranaldo, Steven Shelley]

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