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Date: September 18, 2016

"In the bunk bed of your mind, he's the compassionate brother lying a few feet above you, a voice in the darkness promising he'll talk until you drift off."

— Kennedy, Pagan (b. 1963)

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Date: December 6, 2016

"We often hide our problems inside the closet of our hearts as if they never existed."

— Kondo, Marie (b. 1984)

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Date: January 12, 2017

"It opened a door in my mind, and behind that door I found the room where I wanted to spend the rest of my life."

— Auster, Paul (b. February 3, 1947)

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Date: February 18, 2017

"'He lives inside his head, where he runs the same continuous loop of conflict with people he turns into enemies for the purposes of his psychodrama,' says Trump biographer Michael D'Antonio."

— Dowd, Maureen (b. January 14, 1952)

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Date: February 18, 2017

"So we're stuck in Trump's head with him. ... It's a very cluttered place to be, a fine-tuned machine spewing a torrent of chaos, cruelty, confusion, farce and transfixing craziness."

— Dowd, Maureen (b. January 14, 1952)

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Date: June 30, 2017

"Or consider living with an unending library of easily recalled memories. It would be overwhelming: Dates, names, phone numbers -- they would all be constantly top of mind."

— Boser, Ulrich

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Date: August 26, 2017

"The soliloquy was fixed in the architecture of his brain, ready to serve in a moment of boredom or underground anxiety."

— Worthen, Molly (b. 1981)

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Date: September 7, 2017

"Like one of Yayoi Kusama's 'Infinity Rooms,' my consciousness, and that of the women I knew, gained new dimensions."

— Adams, Carol J. (b. 1951)

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Date: October 23, 2017

"Evans said that, after the incident, 'I just put it in a part of my brain and closed the door.'"

— Farrow, Ronan (b. 1987)

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Date: 2017

Can I let go, and let your memory dance / In the ballroom of my mind, / Across the county line?"

— Lana Del Rey [Elizabeth Woolridge Grant] (b. June 21, 1985)

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