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Date: 1594, 1623

"Comb down his hair -- look, look: it stands upright, / Like lime twigs set to catch my wingèd soul."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1594

"For a spur of diligence therefore we have a natural thirst after knowledge ingrafted in us. But by reason of that original weakness in the instruments, without which the understanding part is not able in this world by discourse to work, the very conceit of painfulness is as a bridle to stay us."

— Hooker, Richard (1554-1600)

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Date: 1596

"For as the sicke man, vvhen he seemes to sleepe and take his rest, is invvardly full of troubles: so the benummed and drousie conscience wants not his secret pangs and terrours; and when it shal be roused by the iudgement of God, it waxeth cruell and fierce like a wild beast."

— Perkins, William (1558-1602)

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Date: 1596

"Lastly, such persons after the last iudgement, shall haue not onely their bodies in torment, but the vvorme in the soule and conscience shall neuer die."

— Perkins, William (1558-1602)

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Date: 1596

"[A]nd so Gods care to man is manifest in this, that when he created man and placed him in the worlde, he gaue him conscience to be his keeper to follow him alwaies at the heeles & to dogge him (as we say) & to pry into his actions & to beare witnesse of them all."

— Perkins, William (1558-1602)

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Date: 1597

"That our swift-wingèd souls may catch the King's, / Or like obedient subjects follow him / To his new kingdom of ne'er-changing night."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1597

"O serpent heart hid with a flow'ring face! / Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?"

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1597

"Thy head is as full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat, and yet thy head hath been beaten as addle as an egg for quarrelling."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1597

"And for we think the eagle-wingèd pride / Of sky-aspiring and ambitious thoughts."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1598

"[B]ut, for their spirits and souls, / This word 'rebellion', it had froze them up, / As fish are in a pond"

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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