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Date: May 15, 2017

"We've got this perverse situation in which the vast analytic powers of the entire world are being spent trying to understand a guy whose thoughts are often just six fireflies beeping randomly in a jar."

— Brooks, David (b. 1961)

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Date: June 30, 2017

"Research explains why forgetting delivers this memory boost. Memories don't fly out of our brains like sparrows from a barn."

— Boser, Ulrich

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Date: April 28, 2018

"Some magazine stories are fishhooks; they work their way into your mind and don't come out."

— Douthat, Ross (b. November 28, 1979)

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Date: May 4, 2018

"But if I can identify the lizard of envy crawling around in my psyche, I can usually tamp down the ire."

— Marino, Gordon

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Date: June 4 and 11, 2018

"'His brain works at the speed of a hummingbird,' Kasky said."

— Kasky, Cameron (b. 2000)

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Date: February 21, 2019

"The brief and hilarious reign of the atheists ('We are all atheists where Odin is concerned!') was over and we were back to being respectful of all religions, except Scientology, which posited that there were viral clams in the mind."

— Lockwood, Patricia

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Date: February 21, 2019

"The defences we had developed against the oppressor could only be discussed in the secret room, among others of our kind, as we poured fountains of a wine that was like our shared blood and held out our hearts that were like scraped sparrows."

— Lockwood, Patricia

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Date: February 21, 2019

"That the shorthand we developed to describe something could slowly, brightly, wiggle into an example of what it described: 'brain worms', until the whole phenomenon contracted to a single grey inch."

— Lockwood, Patricia

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Date: February 5, 2019

"I’m just trying to understand the squirrels running around in Trump’s brain case."

— Cole, Juan (b. October 23, 1952)

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"Minds let pointed Virtues grow, That, without injuring, resist a Foe."

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