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Date: 1606

An "evill and hinderance to wisdome ... is the confusion and captivitie of his passions, and turbulent affections, whereof he must disfurnish and free himselfe, to the end he may be emptie and neate, like a white paper, and be made a subject more fit to receive tincture and impressions of wisdome...

— Charron, Pierre (1541-1603); Lennard, Sampson (d. 1633)

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Date: 1609

"But then begins a journey in my head / To work my mind, when body's work's expired"

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1609

"For then my thoughts (from far where I abide) / Intend a zealous pilgrimage to thee"

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1610

"How happy is he, which hath due place assigned / To his beasts, and disafforested his mind."

— Donne, John (1572-1631)

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Date: w. c. 70, trans. 1611

"And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid."

— Matthew the Evangelist

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Date: w. c. 48-58, 1611

"But we have the mind of Christ."

— Paul of Tarsus (b.c. 10, d.c. 67)

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Date: w. c. 48-58, trans. 1611

"[A]s the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ"

— Paul of Tarsus (b.c. 10, d.c. 67)

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Date: w. c. 56?, trans. 1611

"Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind."

— Paul of Tarsus (b.c. 10, d.c. 67)

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Date: 1611

"That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand"

— Paul of Tarsus (b.c. 10, d.c. 67)

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Date: 1690, 1694, 1695, 1700, 1706

"When the Ideas that offer themselves, (for as I have observed in another place, whilst we are awake, there will always be a train of Ideas succeeding one another in our Minds,) are taken notice of, and, as it were, registred in the Memory, it is Attention."

— Locke, John (1632-1704)

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