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Date: January 17, 2017

"A man who mocks John McCain, denounces Gold Star parents, snarls at an actor who spoofs him, and makes fun of a crippled reporter is someone whose core is empty, and whose need for approbation is unlimited because the void within him is so complete."

— Cohen, Eliot A. (b. 1956)

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Date: January/February, 2017

"Scarier still for those who have never supported Trump is that he just might colonize their brains, too."

— Konnikova, Maria (b. 1984)

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Date: February 7, 2017

"This question just made my brain pixelate, and now the inside of my head's a roaring celebration."

— Smith, Ali (b. August 24, 1962)

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Date: February 18, 2017

"'He lives inside his head, where he runs the same continuous loop of conflict with people he turns into enemies for the purposes of his psychodrama,' says Trump biographer Michael D'Antonio."

— Dowd, Maureen (b. January 14, 1952)

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Date: March 18, 2017

"So many secrets, so many plots, so many shards of gossip swirl in his head, there seems to be no room for reality."

— Dowd, Maureen (b. January 14, 1952)

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Date: July 27, 2017

"'My emotions are like a Ping-Pong ball being bounced back and forth between the players,' said Mrs. Borland, who, with her husband, owns a karate school in Pleasant Valley, N.Y., and whose younger daughter, Amelia, 2, is receiving chemotherapy for leukemia."

— Hoffman, Jan

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Date: July 28, 2017

"Scaramucci is the personification of Trump's deep brain."

— Parker, Kathleen

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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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Date: May-June, 2017

"A full recollection--say of a person--almost always involves some visual re-experiencing of expressions, gestures and bearing, some of which are held frozen in the mind."

— Stallabrass, Julian (b. March 16, 1960)

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Date: August 17, 2017

"Y'know, you have an idea. It's like when you read a thing and then an image pops into your head, or however that happens. You're seeing a picture in your brain like on TV."

— Murray, Noel

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