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Date: 1664

"[B]ut when the difficulty of artful rhyming is interposed, where the poet commonly confines his sense to his couplet, and must contrive that sense into such words, that the rhyme, shall naturally follow them, not they the rhyme; the fancy then gives leisure to the judgment to come in; which seei...

— Dryden, John (1631-1700)

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Date: 1664

"And finally, when a rational soul is present in this machine it will have its principal seat in the brain, and reside there like the fountain-keeper who must be stationed at the tanks to which the fountain's pipes return if he wants to produce, or prevent, or change their movements in some way."

— Descartes, René (1596-1650)

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Date: 1664

"What does the Soul, but (like an excellent Chymist) in this internal Laboratory of Man, by a fermentation of our nourishment in the stomach and guts, a filtration thereof through the Lacteae, a digestion in the Heart, a Circulation and Rectification in the Veins and Arteries: what does she, I sa...

— Power, Henry (1623-1668)

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Date: 1665

"The passions are the only orators who always convince"

— La Rochefoucauld, François, duc de (1613-1680)

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Date: 1665

"And indeed, the Thoughts of many a Person, are oftentimes so active, and restless, that something or other they must, and will perpetually be doing; and like unruly Souldiers, if you have not a care to employ them well, they will employ themselves ill."

— Boyle, Robert (1627-1691)

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Date: 1665

"The Understanding is to order all the inferiour services of the lower Faculties; but yet it is to do this only as a lawful Master, and not as a Tyrant."

— Hooke, Robert (1635-1703)

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Date: 1667

"Now I'm again possest / Of that late fugitive, my Breast"

— Philips [née Fowler], Katherine (1632-1664)

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Date: 1667

"Conscience is Christs Vicar in mans heart, / It keeps Court there, and acts the Judges part"

— Billingsley, Nicholas (bap. 1633, d. 1709)

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Date: 1667

Conscience "is our Patron, our Apologist; / It is impartial, active, and sincere, / Gods Register in us; his Harbinger / For to prepare his way; this is beside / Mans faithful Surety, Treasurer and Guide."

— Billingsley, Nicholas (bap. 1633, d. 1709)

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Date: 1667

"It is our narrow thoughts shorten these things, / By their companion Flesh inclin'd; / Which feeling its own weakness gladly brings / The same opinion to the Mind."

— Philips [née Fowler], Katherine (1632-1664)

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