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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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Date: 1667; 2nd ed. in 1674

"But know that in the soul / Are many lesser faculties, that serve / Reason as chief; among these Fancy next / Her office holds; of all external things / Which the five watchful senses represent, / She forms imaginations, aery shapes, / Which Reason, joining or disjoining, frames / All what...

— Milton, John (1608-1674)

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Date: 1667; 2nd ed. in 1674

"Oft in her absence mimick Fancy wakes / To imitate her; but, misjoining shapes, / Wild work produces oft, and most in dreams; / Ill matching words and deeds long past or late."

— Milton, John (1608-1674)

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Date: 1671

"In good faith this thought was no stranger to my imagination."

— Shadwell, Thomas (1642-1692)

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Date: 1674

"What then can remain to cause this dire war daily observed within us, betwixt the allurements of our Sense, on one side, and the grave dictates of our Mind, on the other; but two distinct Agents, the Rational Soul and the Sensitive, coexistent within us, and hotly contending about the conduct of...

— Charleton, Walter (1620-1707)

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Date: 1674

"To this Objection therefore I answer (1.) that had this excellent Man, Monsieur des Cartes been but half as conversant in Anatomy, as he seems to have been in Geometry, doubtles he would never have lodged so noble a guest as the Rational Soul, in so incommodious a closet of the brain, as the Gla...

— Charleton, Walter (1620-1707)

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Date: 1675

"Please to consult the Steward of your Soul, / And Ruler of your Senses, Your wise Reason."

— Anonymous; Dryden, John (1631-1700)

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Date: 1675

"Those things are mean, are forc'd to court the Eyes, The Porters of the Soul, to give 'em entrance."

— Fane, Sir Francis (d. 1691)

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Date: 1675

"Sir, you will find Ingratitude a stranger to my thoughts."

— Fane, Sir Francis (d. 1691)

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