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Date: 1652

"So that Reason is the Pen by which Nature writes this Law of her own composing; This Law 'tis publisht by Authority from heaven, and Reason is the Printer: This eye of the soul 'tis to spy out all dangers and all advantages, all conveniences and disconveniences in reference to such a being, and ...

— Culverwell, Nathanael (bap. 1619, d. 1651)

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Date: 1652

"He did not antedate his own knowledge, nor remember the several postures of his soul, and the famous exploits of his minde before he was born; but plainly profest that his understanding came naked into the world. He shews you an [...], an abrasa tabula, a virgin-soul espousing it self to the bod...

— Culverwell, Nathanael (bap. 1619, d. 1651)

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Date: 1652

"As he could perceive no connate colours, no pictures or portraictures in his external eye: so neither could he finde any signatures in his minde till some outward objects had made some impression upon his [GREEK] his soft and plyable understanding impartially prepared for every seal."

— Culverwell, Nathanael (bap. 1619, d. 1651)

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Date: 1652

"They must have some time to spell the [GREEK] that was of Reasons writing."

— Culverwell, Nathanael (bap. 1619, d. 1651)

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Date: 1653

"[T]here is an indelible Idea of a Being absolutely perfect in the Mind of Man."

— More, Henry (1614-1687)

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Date: 1653

The idea of an absolutely perfect being "is as distinct and indelible an Idea in the Soul, as the Idea of the five Regular Bodyes, or any other Idea whatsoever"

— More, Henry (1614-1687)

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Date: 1653

The mind of man is not "a Table book in which nothing is writ."

— More, Henry (1614-1687)

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Date: 1653

There are not "Ideas flaring and shining to the Animadversive faculty like so many Torches or Starres in the Firmament to our outward sight [...] and Red Letters or Astronomical Characters in an Almanack."

— More, Henry (1614-1687)

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Date: 1653

"Upon thine heart let me be put, / and set like as a seal; / And as a seal upon thine arme"

— Slater, Samuel (c.1629-1704)

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Date: 1690, 1694, 1695, 1700, 1706

"When the Ideas that offer themselves, (for as I have observed in another place, whilst we are awake, there will always be a train of Ideas succeeding one another in our Minds,) are taken notice of, and, as it were, registred in the Memory, it is Attention."

— Locke, John (1632-1704)

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