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Date: December 1843-January 1844

"He freed the body from chains because he enchained the heart."

— Marx, Karl (1818-1883)

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Date: 1852

"Ah! well for us, if even we, / Even for a moment, can get free / Our heart, and have our lips unchain'd; / For that which seals them hath been deep-ordain'd!"

— Arnold, Matthew (1822-1888)

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Date: 1868

"From sin and Satan's iron chain! / Our souls Thou offerest to release."

— Wesley, John and Charles

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Date: 1868

"O make me free within / From pride, and passion's chain, / My spirit by Thy bonds release, / And bid me go in perfect peace."

— Wesley, John and Charles

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Date: 1869

"But, in that case, all that has been done in the modern world to relax the chain on the minds of women, has been a mistake."

— Mill, John Stuart (1806–1873)

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Date: 1872

"At Shakespear's happy birth / With fire ethereal Jove his soul endow'd, / Then bade him spurn the narrow bounds of earth, / And sordid wishes of the grov'ling crowd, / That chain the free-born mind."

— Laurence, French (1757-1809)

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Date: 1905

"Those hidden bonds are twined about the heart, / So that the captive wanders unconfined, / And has no sovereign but o'er his mind!"

— Betham, Matilda (1776-1852)

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Date: 1922

"He laughed to free his mind from his mind's bondage."

— Joyce, James (1882-1941)

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Date: 1928

"Or what is Hair but threads of gold / That Lovers Hearts in fetters hold?"

— Butler, Samuel (1613-1680)

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Date: 1975, 1976

"Wherever the mind goes, it still lies in the harness of the mind. The Sutra sometimes uses the expression "Bind the monkey" to refer to taking hold of the mind. But the monkey image is only a means of expression. Once the mind is directly and continually aware of itself, it is no longer like a m...

— Thich Nhat Hanh (b. October 11, 1926)

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