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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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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: 1719, 1720

"For, says he, PUNS are like so many Torch-Lights in the Head, that give the Soul a very distinct View of those Images, which she before seemed to groap after as if she had been imprisoned in a Dungeon."

— Sheridan, Thomas (1687-1738)

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Date: 1720, 1735

A banker's soul may be "Weigh'd in the Ballance, and found Light."

— Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)

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Date: 1724

"And ev'ry one begins to find / The same impression on his mind."

— Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)

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