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Date: 1713, 1734

"And that outward objects by the different impressions they make on the organs of sense, communicate certain vibrative motions to the nerves; and these being filled with spirits, propagate them to the brain or seat of the soul, which according to the various impressions or traces thereby made in ...

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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Date: 1713, 1734

"But the ideas perceived by sense, that is, real things, are more vivid and clear, and being imprinted on the mind by a spirit distinct from us, have not a like dependence on our will."

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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Date: 1713, 1734

"We are chained to a body, that is to say, our perceptions are connected with corporeal motions."

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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Date: 1713, 1734

"You cannot say objects are in your mind, as books in your study: or that things are imprinted on it, as the figure of a seal upon wax."

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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Date: 1713, 1734

"I have been a long time distrusting my senses; methought I saw things by a dim light, and through false glasses."

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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Date: 1713, 1734

"Look you, Hylas, when I speak of Objects, as existing in the Mind, or imprinted on the Senses; I wou'd not be understood in the gross, literal Sense, as when Bodies are said to exist in a place, or a Seal to make an Impression upon Wax."

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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Date: 1713

"One while to trace a theorem in mathematicks through a long labyrinth of intricate turns and subtilties of thought; another, to be conscious of the sublime ideas and comprehensive views of a philosopher, without any fatigue or wasting of my own spirits"

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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Date: 1713

"Sometimes, to wander through perfumed groves, or enamelled meadows, in the fancy of a poet."

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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Date: 1713

"At others [other times], to be present when a battel or a storm raged, or a glittering palace rose in his imagination"

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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Date: 1713

To visit the Imagination one must "descend a story lower," out of the Understanding and "into the Imagination, which [one may find] larger, indeed, but cold and comfortless."

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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