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Date: 2014

"She'd heard that once and was trying to stamp the phrase on her mind."

— Rankine, Claudia (b. 1963)

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Date: 2015

"The memory branded itself on his brain: the gales of laughter, everyone offering him their cookies, the slave woman with her eyes on the floor."

— Zink, Nell (b. 1964)

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Date: July 26, 2016

"But it is true that she told none of these types of personal anecdotes that help people watching at home form impressions from mental clay."

— Haberman, Maggie (b. 1973)

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Date: July 31, 2017

"Character is like concrete: You can make an impression when it's freshly poured, in its youth, one could say, but when it sets, it's impervious to alteration."

— Blow, Charles (b. 1970)

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"The soften'd heart, prepar'd to take / Whate'er impressions Love shall make."

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