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Date: 1713, 1734

"When, therefore, you say, all Ideas are occasioned by Impressions in the Brain, do you conceive this Brain or no? If you do, then you talk of Ideas imprinted in an Idea, causing that same Idea, which is absurd."

— 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

"Therefore, to explain the Phaenomena, is to shew how we come to be affected with Ideas, in that Manner and Series, wherein they are imprinted on our Senses."

— 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 thro false Glasses. Now, the Glasses are removed, and a new Light breaks in upon my Understanding."

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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Date: w. 1702-1713, 1989

"But most Alas by vain opinion lead / Ore the wild maze of erring passions tread."

— Parnell, Thomas (1679-1718)

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Date: w. 1702-1713, 1989

"By turns a thousand inclinations rise / & each by turns as impotently dies."

— Parnell, Thomas (1679-1718)

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Date: w. 1702-1713, 1989

"[I]f reason from the throne be gon / The madd affections bear their master on"

— Parnell, Thomas (1679-1718)

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Date: w. 1702-1713, 1989

"His life proves restless & his labour vain / By hurrying after Phantomes of the brain."

— Parnell, Thomas (1679-1718)

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Date: w. 1702-1713, 1989

"So the brave Falcon when its glorys fade / When its strong wings their generous forces shed / The vacant holds ignobler birds supply / With Ravens feathers impd she mounts on high / & weak or giddy strayes along the sky."

— Parnell, Thomas (1679-1718)

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Date: w. 1702, 1713

"Fair Ideas in full Glory shine, / Eternal Models of exalted Parts, / The Pride of Minds, and Conquerors of Hearts."

— Parnell, Thomas (1679-1718)

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