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Date: 1785

The mind may be pregnant "with some new theme"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

"All constraint, / Except what wisdom lays on evil men, / Is evil; hurts the faculties, impedes / Their progress in the road of science; blinds / The eyesight of discovery, and begets / In those that suffer it, a sordid mind."

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

"Thy saints proclaim thee King; and in their hearts / Thy title is engraven with a pen / Dipt in the fountain of eternal love"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

The "eyesight of discovery" may be blinded by constraints

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785, 1838

The body may feast while the mind may fast

— Crabbe, George (1754-1832)

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Date: 1785, 1838

The mind may be diseased

— Crabbe, George (1754-1832)

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Date: 1786

"A festive glass the drooping mind requires, / His far-off phiz keen Fancy's eye descries"

— Headley, Henry (1765-1788)

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Date: 1786

The infant mind may (and should) be fed with "proper fare"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1786

The growing mind needs better nourishment than "conjugated verbs" and "nouns declined"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1787

"Wisdom unseals charm'd Reason's drowsy eyes."

— Pye, Henry James (1745-1813)

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