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Date: 1897

"My mind feels like a Nesselrode pudding, cold, and stuffed with all sorts of things; but I’m certain, I sha’n’t ever forget the impression which the whole thing gives of magnificence and grandeur."

— Nixon-Roulet, Mary F.

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Date: 1969-70

"In this stock exchange within our minds 'modern' has been falling, 'bourgeois' has been rising: a small trend, but probably not without some significance."

— Lukacs, John (b. 1924)

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Date: 2009

"As far as I can tell, Quine’s philosophical and political thinking were conducted in two different and hermetically sealed off compartments of his mind."

— Feser, Edward (b. 1968)

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Date: December 12, 2014

"Though it seems counterintuitive, it is physically permanent stuff that evaporates from our minds."

— Brooks, Arthur C. (b. 1964)

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Date: December 12, 2014

"It is memories in the ether of our consciousness that last a lifetime, there for us to enjoy again and again."

— Brooks, Arthur C. (b. 1964)

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Date: August 9, 2016

"I just think it is a window into the soul of a person who is just not temperamentally suited to the task."

— Kaine, Tim (b. February 26, 1958)

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Date: February 18, 2017

"'He lives inside his head, where he runs the same continuous loop of conflict with people he turns into enemies for the purposes of his psychodrama,' says Trump biographer Michael D'Antonio."

— Dowd, Maureen (b. January 14, 1952)

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Date: February 18, 2017

"So we're stuck in Trump's head with him. ... It's a very cluttered place to be, a fine-tuned machine spewing a torrent of chaos, cruelty, confusion, farce and transfixing craziness."

— Dowd, Maureen (b. January 14, 1952)

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Date: February 18, 2017

"Then think of the president's skull, which is stuffed with other humours: insecurity, insincerity, victimhood, paranoia, mockery, self-delusion, suspicion, calculation, illogic, vindictiveness, risk, bullying, alimentiveness, approbativeness, vitativeness. Gall, divided into three parts."

— Dowd, Maureen (b. January 14, 1952)

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Date: March 18, 2017

"The Hirshhorn has a sold-out exhibit of Yayoi Kusama's stunning infinity mirror rooms. But they are nothing compared to the infinity mirror room of Trump's mind, now on display a mile and a half away at the White House."

— Dowd, Maureen (b. January 14, 1952)

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