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Date: 1692, 1724

"How difficult a Task will it be, to make an Impression on that unpractis'd Heart?"

— Aulnoy, Madame d' (Marie-Catherine) (1650/51-1705)

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Date: 1692, 1724

"We us'd to see but little Company, according to the Custom of Spain; but my Father having receiv'd into his House a young Gentleman of a distinguish'd Family in Toledo, whose Name is Don Ramire of Castro, a secret Sympathy dispos'd his Heart and mine, to receive Impressions for each other."

— Aulnoy, Madame d' (Marie-Catherine) (1650/51-1705)

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Date: 1692, 1724

"Assure him from me, that my Heart never receiv'd an Impression before."

— Aulnoy, Madame d' (Marie-Catherine) (1650/51-1705)

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Date: 1692, 1724

"The Condition I am in, Madam, continu'd she, has not made any dishonourable Impression on my Heart."

— Aulnoy, Madame d' (Marie-Catherine) (1650/51-1705)

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Date: 1692, 1724

"Give me Leave to tell you, cry'd the young Prince, that when a Heart is touch'd with a powerful Passion, it's incapable of receiving any other Impression."

— Aulnoy, Madame d' (Marie-Catherine) (1650/51-1705)

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Date: 1692, 1724

"Before I had seen her, nothing cou'd be equal to my Ambition; but now her Charms have made so deep an Impression in my Heart, that all other Passions have submitted to my transcendent Love."

— Aulnoy, Madame d' (Marie-Catherine) (1650/51-1705)

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Date: 1725-6

"The manner likewise of its introduction is not less judicious; the mind is apt to dwell upon those objects in sleep which make a deep impression when awake."

— Pope, Alexander (1688-1744), Broome, W. and Fenton, E.

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Date: 1725-6

A story "comes with more weight at once, than if it had been made at several times, and consequently makes a deeper impression upon the memory and passion of the auditors"

— Pope, Alexander (1688-1744), Broome, W. and Fenton, E.

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Date: 1733

"It was not for any Credit that she gave to such vain Images, but her Mind was still impress'd with the Vision she saw in her Sleep; and though every Thing seem'd to preclude her Hopes, yet it was not possible for her to renounce the Thoughts of Happiness after what she had seen with her own Eyes."

— Morando, Bernardo (1589-1656); Gaspard-Mo├»se-Augustin de Fontanieu; Anonymous

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Date: 1737

"As pliant Wax each new Impression takes, / Fixt to no Form, but still the Old forsakes, / Yet is the same: so Souls the same abide, / Tho' various Figures their Reception hide."

— 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.