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Date: 1615

"First, of all living creatures, only man hath a head made into a round and circular form, as it were turned on a wheel, both that it might be the more capable to receive a greater quantity of brains, and less apt to be over-taken with danger either from without or within; as also, for the more ...

— Crooke, Helkiah (1576-1648)

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Date: 1615

"Now we know, that the Soul was infused into us from Heaven, which even to our sense is round and circular: seeing then her heauenly habitation is round before she be infused, it was likewise requisite, that her mansion here below should be orbicular also."

— Crooke, Helkiah (1576-1648)

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Date: 1615

"For seeing the soul of man being cast into this prison of the body, cannot discharge her offices and functions without a corporeal Organ or instrument of the body; whosoever will attain unto the knowledge of the soul, it is necessary that he know the frame and composition of the body."

— Crooke, Helkiah (1576-1648)

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Date: 1615

"Enter thou whosoever thou art (though thou be an Atheist, and acknowledgest no God at all,) enter I beseech thee, into the Sacred Tower of Pallas, I mean the brain of Man, and behold and admire the pillars and arched Cloysters of that princely palace, the huge greatness of that stately building,...

— Crooke, Helkiah (1576-1648)

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Date: 1615

"From the brain, turn the eye of thy mind to the gates of the Sun, and Windows of the soul, I mean the eyes, and there behold the brightness of the glittering Crystal, the purity and neat cleanness of the watery and glassy humors, the delicate and fine texture of the Tunicles, and the wonderfull ...

— Crooke, Helkiah (1576-1648)

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Date: 1615

"There (say they) is the mansion and Tribunal of the soul where heat is to be found, the first instrument of all the functions; but the Heart is the springing fountain of Native heat, which by the arteries as it were by small riverers, is derived into the whole body."

— Crooke, Helkiah (1576-1648)

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Date: 1620

"For the studies of men in these places are confined and as it were imprisoned in the writings of certain authors, from whom if any man dissent he is straightway arraigned as a turbulent person and an innovator."

— Bacon, Sir Francis, Lord Verulam (1561-1626)

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Date: 1620

"For whereas in this first book of aphorisms I proposed to prepare men's minds as well for understanding as for receiving what is to follow; now that I have purged and swept and levelled the floor of the mind, it remains that I place the mind in a good position and as it were in a favourable aspe...

— Bacon, Sir Francis, Lord Verulam (1561-1626)

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Date: 1623

"[C]onscience, as a Scribe or Notary, sitting in the closet of mans heart, with pen in hand, records and keepes a Catalogue, or Diary of all our Doings, of the time when, place where, the manner how they were performed, adn that so cleere and evident, that goe where we will, doe what we can, the ...

— Carpenter, Richard (1575-1627)

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Date: 1624, 1628

"Heu dolor! caveae membra fuere meae. / Pes compes, manicaeque manus, nervique catenae, / Ossaque cancellis nativa repagula claustri, / Damner ut hospitii compede vincta mei?" ["Alas, what misery! that the light poured me forth on these unhappy airs! My very limbs are a prison to me. Feet fetters...

— Hugo, Herman (1588-1629)

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