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Date: April 18, 1721

"One Argument is ballanc'd by another, / And Reason Reason meets in doubtful Fight, / And Proofs are countermin'd by equal Proofs. / No more I'll bear this Battel of the Mind, / This inward Anarchy."

— Young, Edward (bap. 1683, d. 1765)

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Date: 1722

"When they followed the dictates for reason, they bore the torment of ungratify'd inordinate appetites; and when they chose to obey their passions, reflection fill'd them with terror and remorse: and in this sense, it is true, that all men are born in a state of war; that is, they felt in themsel...

— Blackmore, Sir Richard (1654-1729)

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Date: 1723

"Can Kings the Empire of the Soul invade?"

— Blackmore, Sir Richard (1654-1729)

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Date: 1723, 1725

"Beauclair was more gallant; and believing that if ever he desir'd any greater Testimonies of the Conquest he had made of her Heart, than what her Eyes declar'd, now was the Time to obtain them."

— Haywood [née Fowler], Eliza (1693?-1756)

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Date: 1722, 1723

"For Jesus sake, remove not my Distress, / Till free Triumphant Grace shall Reposess / The Vacant Throne; from whence my Sins Depart, / And make a willing Captive of my Heart."

— Defoe, Daniel (1660?-1731)

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Date: 1726

"[I]n vain I strove to conquer a Passion that had mingled with my Soul, and reigned in every Vein"

— Aubin, Penelope (1679?-1731?)

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Date: 1731

"It must needs follow from hence, that Knowledge is an Inward and Active Energy of the Mind it self, and the displaying of its own Innate Vigour from within, whereby it doth Conquer, Master and Command its Objects, and so begets a Clear, Serene, Victorious, and Satisfactory Sense within it self."

— Cudworth, Ralph (1617-1688)

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Date: 1733, 1736

"The ruling Passion conquers reason still."

— Pope, Alexander (1688-1744)

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Date: 1734

Love may take the heart with storm and rule there alone

— Fielding, Henry (1707-1754)

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Date: 1737

"Regard thy Powers, O Man! nor heed thy Size: / In piercing Reason thy Advantage lies; / Reason that conquers all, and rules the Skies."

— Baker, Henry (1698-1774)

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