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Date: 2009

"These days grief seems like walking on a frozen river; most of the time he feels safe enough, but there is always that danger that he will plunge through."

— Nicholls, David (b. 1966)

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Date: Jul 18, 2009

"I can only wonder what it's like to be so well rested, to know that the deep pool of sleep within you -- the somnifer, I suppose it's called -- is filled to the brim."

— Klinkenbourg, Verlyn (b. 1952)

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Date: 2009, trans. 2012

"Feelings are like water, they always adapt to their surroundings."

— Knausgaard, Karl Ove (b. 1968)

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Date: 2010

"But the squalor of it sank into my soul, adding not a little to the septic murk within."

— Castle, Terry (b. 1953)

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Date: March 29, 2010

"Drip, drip, drip — that’s what insomniac thoughts feel like, a leaky faucet behind the eyes."

— Marino, Gordon

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Date: 2010

"A thought to mind, so to the string / plucked, or touched, or bowed, the music is, / a wrinkling of the air as immaterial / and brief as sunlight glancing on a wave."

— Le Guin, Ursula (b. 1929)

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Date: June 14, 2011

"According to this view, bias, lack of logic and other supposed flaws that pollute the stream of reason are instead social adaptations that enable one group to persuade (and defeat) another."

— Cohen, Patricia

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Date: Winter 2011

"I'm doing a reading that night and so is Jean but in different places and I don't know how to reach her or Andrew or the vague choir of boys swimming in my mind or why I even need to reach the vague choir (except for another fix of beauty)."

— Klein, Michael

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Date: March 11, 2011

"The huge submerged bulk of the mental iceberg, with its stores of memory and acquired skills that have become automatic, like language, driving and etiquette, supplies people with the raw materials on which they can exercise their reason and decide what to think and what to do."

— Nagel, Thomas (b. 1937)

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Date: 2011

"His thoughts washed back and forth between pitying the child and wanting to crush her, stamp her out for her own sake."

— Nadzam, Bonnie

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