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Date: 1716

"But the greatest imperfection is in our inward sight, that is, to be Ghosts unto our own Eyes, and while we are so sharpsighted as to look thorough others, to be invisible to our selves; for the inward Eyes are more fallacious than the outward."

— Browne, Sir Thomas (1605-1682)

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Date: 1718

"Epicurus, that it [sperm] is a Fragment torn from the Body and Soul."

— Plutarch (c. 46-120)

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Date: 1718

""Lausippus and Zeno, [sperm] 'tis a Body, and it is a Fragment of the Soul."

— Plutarch (c. 46-120)

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Date: 1718

"Pythagoras, Plato and Aristotle, that the Spermatick Faculty is incorporeal, as the Mind is which moves the Body, but the effused Matter is corporeal."

— Plutarch (c. 46-120)

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Date: Monday, June 8. 1724.

"I am, you must know, then, a kind of immaterial Anatomist: I can dissect an Imagination; or disembowel a Quality: I am about to make publick Profession of my Art: And having my Chariot as good as ready, the rest of my Apparatus will be, comparatively, of no Consequence."

— Hill, Aaron (1685-1750)

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Date: Monday, June 8. 1724.

"I am, therefore, inclinable, since very much of my Practice will lie among the Ladies, to call myself a Mind-Midwife: Insinuating, by that Hint, That I can see 'em as safely brought to Bed of their Affectation, and other spiritual Conceptions, as they can be assisted, in their Matrimonal Pregnan...

— Hill, Aaron (1685-1750)

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Date: Monday, June 22. 1724

"I express myself, with much Seriousness, when I declare, as I here do, that I know not one Science, so Advantageous in Theory, as Mr. Jyngle's New System of Mind Midwifery."

— Hill, Aaron (1685-1750)

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Date: Monday, June 22. 1724

"I shall proceed, to lay down some general Rules, and short Recipes, by way of Specimen, that the Ladies, especially, may encourage a Pocket Volume, which I intend shortly to publish, on the Subject of Mind-Labours, and Deliveries, and which I only wish may be dispersed into as many Hands as Culp...

— Hill, Aaron (1685-1750)

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Date: Monday, August 24. 1724

"There is a Dropsy, in his Mind, and his Thirst augments, with drinking."

— Hill, Aaron (1685-1750)

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Date: Monday, July 13, 1724

"This comes to acquaint you, That my dear Spouse is taken sick, of a sudden, and stands in need, to the utmost Degree, of that Experience in Mind-Midwifery, which you gave out Bills about, in your XXVIIth Paper."

— Hill, Aaron (1685-1750)

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