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Date: Wednesday, June 13, 1711

"The very Substance of the Soul is festered with them, the Gangrene is gone too far to be ever cured; the Inflammation will rage to all Eternity."

— Addison, Joseph (1672-1719)

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Date: Monday, June 18, 1711

"The latter [the fool and his passions] is like the Owner of a barren Country that fills his Eye with the Prospect of naked Hills and Plains, which produce nothing either profitable or ornamental; the other [the wise man and his ideas] beholds a beautiful and spacious Landskip divided into deligh...

— Addison, Joseph (1672-1719)

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Date: Saturday, July 7, 1711

"The Soul considered with its Creator, is like one of those Mathematical Lines that may draw nearer to another for all Eternity without a Possibility of touching it."

— Addison, Joseph (1672-1719)

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Date: Friday, July 27, 1711

"Women in their Nature are much more gay and joyous than Men; whether it be that their Blood is more refined, their Fibres more delicate, and their animal Spirits more light and volatile; or whether, as some have imagined, there may not be a kind of Sex in the very Soul, I shall not pretend to de...

— Addison, Joseph (1672-1719)

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Date: Friday, July 27, 1711

"They should each of them therefore keep a Watch upon the particular Biass which Nature has fixed in their Mind, that it may not draw too much, and lead them out of the Paths of Reason."

— Addison, Joseph (1672-1719)

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Date: Wednesday, September 5, 1711

"When Ambition pulls one Way, Interest another, Inclination a third, and perhaps Reason contrary to all, a Man is likely to pass his Time but ill who has so many different Parties to please."

— Addison, Joseph (1672-1719)

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Date: Wednesday, September 5, 1711

"When the Mind hovers among such a Variety of Allurements, one had better settle on a Way of Life that is not the very best we might have chosen, than grow old without determining our Choice, and go out of the World as the greatest Part of Mankind do, before we have resolved how to live in it."

— Addison, Joseph (1672-1719)

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Date: Wednesday, September 5, 1711

"There is scarce a State of Life, or Stage in it which does not produce Changes and Revolutions in the Mind of Man."

— Addison, Joseph (1672-1719)

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Date: Thursday, September 6, 1711

"The Mind meets with other Misfortunes in her whole Strength; she stands collected within her self, and sustains the Shock with all the Force which is natural to her; but a Heart in Love has its Foundations sapped, and immediately sinks under the Weight of Accidents that are disagreeable to its F...

— Addison, Joseph (1672-1719)

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Date: Saturday, June 21, 1712

"The Colours paint themselves on the Fancy, with very little Attention of Thought or Application of Mind in the Beholder."

— Addison, Joseph (1672-1719)

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