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Date: July 1, 2013

"Many lines of poetry are so long-embedded in my memory that I find them appearing when I speak or write. Sometimes I am quoting. Sometimes I am unconsciously drawing from the reservoir."

— Ebert, Roger (1942-2013)

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Date: September 19, 2014

"But concealment makes the soul a swamp. Confession is how you drain it."

— Blow, Charles (b. 1970)

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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: 2014

"No, it's a strange beach; each body is a strange beach, and if you let in the excess emotion you will recall the Atlantic Ocean breaking on our heads."

— Rankine, Claudia (b. 1963)

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Date: 2014

"That's the bruise the ice in the heart was meant to ice."

— Rankine, Claudia (b. 1963)

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Date: July 31, 2014

"It summons a mental flood."

— Garner, Dwight (b. 1965)

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Date: April 16, 2015

"And I must do so with both ardor and cool appraisal, with the passions of eye and heart, but in that ardent heart there must also be a splinter of ice."

— Mann, Sally (b. 1951)

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Date: November 28, 2015

"It's as if our brain has become a full cup of water and anything more poured into it starts to spill out."

— Schwartz, Tony

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Date: 2015

"And yes, mortal knells / in sleepless hours, hollow knocks of empty / boats against a dock but still the mind / is a meadow, the heart an ocean even though / it burns."

— Young, Dean (b. 1955)

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Date: May 28, 2016

"It occurred to me that of all mind-boiling aspects of the current presidential race, the worst part was arguing with people whom I considered friends."

— Flores, Jake

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