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Date: 1389

"The soule ... muste suffre for the bonde of the body that he is joyned to."

— Trevisa, John (b. c. 1342, d. in or before 1402); Bartholomeus (1203-1272)

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Date: c. 1420

"Thou woost wel, who shal an hous edifie / Gooth nat ther-to withoute avisament / If he be wys, for with his mental ye / First is it seen, purposid, cast & ment, / How it shal wroght been, elles al is shent."

— Hoccleve [Occleve], Thomas (c.1367-1426)

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Date: c. 1440-1450

"Vnderstondying is þe sy3t in þe ey3e of soule, desire is þe ere & þe herying of the soule, dely3t is þe mowth & þe swelwying of þi soule, Mynde is þe nase & þe smellyng of þi soule; wyll & consent is þe felyng of þi soule."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1464

"For Simple Being, which is visible to the mind alone, is to the mind as the being of color is to the sense of sight."

— Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464)

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Date: 1464

" [I]f someone were to turn his mind's sight to the possibility, or power, of oneness: he surely would see in every number and in all plurality only oneness's power"

— Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464)

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Date: 1464

"Therefore, my dearly beloved Peter, with keen directedness turn your mind's eye to this secret, and with this analysis enter into my writings and into whatever other writings you read, and occupy yourself especially with my books and sermons."

— Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464)

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Date: 1561

A soul purged and "occupied in spirituall ... understanding" may "come to beholde the beautie that is seene with the eyes of the minde"

— Castiglione, Baldassare (1478-1529); Hoby, Sir Thomas (1530-1566), Trans.

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Date: 1566

"Those raging storms of wrath That so bedym the eyes of thine intent"

— Gascoigne, George (1534/5- - 1577)

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Date: 1590?, 1623

"How angerly I taught my brow to frown / When inward joy enforced my heart to smile. "

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1590?, 1623

"Say that upon the altar of her beauty / You sacrifice your tears, your sighs, your heart."

— 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.