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Date: 1775

"Our Author, who almost every where manifests a perfect knowledge in the anatomy of the human mind, proves his science more particularly in a passage of this Scene, by shewing a property in our natures which might have escaped any common dissecter of morals; and this is, our suffering, upon true ...

— Griffith, Elizabeth (1720-1793)

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Date: 1775

"That this is the sense in which our Poet meant this scene to be accepted, is fully evident from his representing both Richard and Richmond to have been asleep during the apparition, and therefore capable of receiving those notices in the mind's eye only, as Hamlet says; which intirely removes th...

— Griffith, Elizabeth (1720-1793)

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Date: 1775

"Momus well wished a window in every man's breast. Physiognomists pretend they can take a peep through the features of the face; but this is too abstruse a science to answer the general purposes of life; besides that education may render such knowledge doubtful, as in the case of Socrates."

— Griffith, Elizabeth (1720-1793)

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Date: 1775

"There is a contagion in minds and manners, as well as in bodies, when corrupt."

— Griffith, Elizabeth (1720-1793)

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Date: 1775

"But, as I have said before, I do not think that ethic philosophy can ever be a gainer, by overstraining the sinews of the human mind."

— Griffith, Elizabeth (1720-1793)

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Date: 1775

The imagination in its fullest enjoyments becomes suspicious of its offspring, and doubts whether it has created or adopted

— Sheridan, Richard Brinsley (1751-1816)

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Date: 1775

"If there be but one vicious mind in the Set, 'twill spread like a contagion--the action of their pulse beats to the lascivious movement of the jigg--their quivering, warm-breath'd sighs impregnate the very air--the atmosphere becomes electrical to love, and each amorous spark darts thro' every l...

— Sheridan, Richard Brinsley (1751-1816)

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Date: 1775

The thunder of words may sour the "milk of human kindness" in the breast

— Sheridan, Richard Brinsley (1751-1816)

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Date: 1776

"But various are the effects of the same disease, upon the human body, and as various are the effects of the self-same passion upon the human mind.--I think that last a good pretty philosophical sort of a sentence.--'Tis poetical, at least."

— Griffith, Elizabeth (1720-1793)

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Date: 1776

"O Lucy, if you ever loved me, strive, I conjure you, to assuage her gentle sorrows, and pour the balm of friendship on her wounded heart!"

— Griffith, Elizabeth (1720-1793)

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