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Date: 1729

"Oh, let not the soft, penetrating plague / Creep on the freeborn mind! and working there, / With the sharp tooth of many a new-form'd want, / Endless, and idle all, eat out the heart / Of liberty; the high conception blast; / The noble sentiment, the impatient scorn / Of base subjection, and the...

— Thomson, James (1700-1748)

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Date: 1755

"Why did I not / Repent, while yet my Crimes were decibel! / Ere they had struck their Colours thro' my Soul, / As black as Night or Hell!"

— Brown, John (1715-1766)

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Date: 1775

A fellow may be forgotten--illiterated from the memory

— Sheridan, Richard Brinsley (1751-1816)

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