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Date: 1783

"If thoughts could occupy space, we might be tempted to think, that we had laid them up in certain cells or repositories, to remain there till we had occasion for them."

— Beattie, James (1735-1803)

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Date: 1783

"Does the human soul go up to the pia mater, as a housewife does to her garret, only at certain times? Or, if she makes it her place of abode, are there any corners of it which she is unacquainted with, or neglects to look into?'

— Beattie, James (1735-1803)

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Date: 1783

"In the places thus appropriated to the artificial Memory (supposing them the apartments of the house) there would be moveables; as statues and pictures in one warlike weapons in another, tables and couches in a third: or, if they did not admit of such furniture, it would be easy for the orator t...

— Beattie, James (1735-1803)

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Date: 1783

"If, therefore, you are well instructed in theology, the argument of every Sermon will be familiar to you; on every such argument your mind will be stored with a great variety of expression; you can never be at a loss for topicks; and your quotations will be no burden to your Memory"

— Beattie, James (1735-1803)

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Date: 1784

"It is said of negroes, that their brain is blackish, and the glandula pinealis wholly black; a remark of which the Cartesian, with his audience-hall of perception, might make much."

— Ramsay, James (1733-1789)

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Date: 1785

"He conjectured, that the soul is seated in a small gland in the brain, called the pineal gland: That there, as in her chamber of presence, she receives intelligence of every thing that affects the senses, by means of a subtile fluid contained in the nerves, called the animal spirits; and that sh...

— Reid, Thomas (1710-1796)

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Date: 1786

"Add to this, that, whenever you sell the liberty of a man, you have the power only of alluding to the body: the mind cannot be confined or bound: it will be free, though its mansion be beset with chains."

— Clarkson, Thomas (1760–1846)

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Date: 1787

"Again, when some desires retire, there are others akin to them, which grow up, and through inattention to the father's instructions, become both many and powerful, draw towards intimacies among themselves, and generate a multitude, seize the citadel or the soul of the youth, finding it evacuated...

— Adams, John (1735-1826)

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