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Date: 2001

"Wind, ocean, fire: the things we like to liken our passions to don't break, can't stop."

— Richardson, James (b. 1950)

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Date: 2002

"The river rises in the mind, but empties nowhere, / Its hair naked in naked branches."

— Wright, Charles (b. 1935)

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Date: 2003

"How to hold it all at once, / except by passion's climb, / its rising tides & breathless, / hawk's-eye view?"

— Spaar, Lisa Russ

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Date: 2006

"Back at Dayton Chaminade High, Weber had begun intellectual life as a confirmed Freudian--brain as hydraulic pipe for mind's spectacular waterworks--anything to confound his priest teachers."

— Powers, Richard (b. 1957)

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Date: Jul 18, 2009

"I can only wonder what it's like to be so well rested, to know that the deep pool of sleep within you -- the somnifer, I suppose it's called -- is filled to the brim."

— Klinkenbourg, Verlyn (b. 1952)

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Date: 2010

"But the squalor of it sank into my soul, adding not a little to the septic murk within."

— Castle, Terry (b. 1953)

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Date: 2010

"A thought to mind, so to the string / plucked, or touched, or bowed, the music is, / a wrinkling of the air as immaterial / and brief as sunlight glancing on a wave."

— Le Guin, Ursula (b. 1929)

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Date: March 11, 2011

"The huge submerged bulk of the mental iceberg, with its stores of memory and acquired skills that have become automatic, like language, driving and etiquette, supplies people with the raw materials on which they can exercise their reason and decide what to think and what to do."

— Nagel, Thomas (b. 1937)

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Date: 2011

"His thoughts washed back and forth between pitying the child and wanting to crush her, stamp her out for her own sake."

— Nadzam, Bonnie

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Date: 2011

"He stared at her little heart-shaped face and kissed her cheek and kissed her mouth and a thrilling horror spread like a stain through the hollow of his chest."

— Nadzam, Bonnie

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