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Date: 1576

"Ignoraunce [...] maketh him unmeete metall for the impressions of vertue."

— Fleming, Abraham (c. 1552-1607)

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Date: 1590

The body is a Castle

— Spenser, Edmund (1552-1599)

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Date: 1594

"The soul of man being therefore at the first as a book, wherein nothing is and yet all things may be imprinted; we are to search by what steps and degrees it riseth unto perfection of knowledge."

— Hooker, Richard (1554-1600)

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Date: 1594

"Till we grow to some ripeness of years, the soul of man doth only store itself with conceits of things of inferior and more open quality, which afterwards do serve as instruments unto that which is greater; in the meanwhile above the reach of meaner creatures it ascendeth not."

— Hooker, Richard (1554-1600)

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Date: 1594

"Goodness is seen with the eye of the understanding. And the light of that eye, is reason."

— Hooker, Richard (1554-1600)

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Date: 1594

"Finally, Appetite is the Will’s solicitor, and the Will is Appetite’s controller."

— Hooker, Richard (1554-1600)

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Date: 1594

"In the rest there is that light of Reason, whereby good may be known from evil, and which discovering the same rightly is termed right."

— Hooker, Richard (1554-1600)

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Date: 1594

"Hereby it cometh to pass that custom inuring the mind by long practice, and so leaving there a sensible impression, prevaileth more than reasonable persuasion what way soever."

— Hooker, Richard (1554-1600)

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Date: 1594

"For a spur of diligence therefore we have a natural thirst after knowledge ingrafted in us. But by reason of that original weakness in the instruments, without which the understanding part is not able in this world by discourse to work, the very conceit of painfulness is as a bridle to stay us."

— Hooker, Richard (1554-1600)

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Date: 1594

"His meaning is, that by force of the light of Reason, wherewith God illuminateth every one which cometh into the world, men being enabled to know truth from falsehood, and good from evil, do thereby learn in many things what the will of God is; which will himself not revealing by any extraordina...

— Hooker, Richard (1554-1600)

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