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Date: 1600

"A golden mind stoops not to shows of dross."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1600

"How many cowards whose hearts are all as false / As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins / The beards of Hercules and frowning Mars, / Who, inward searched, have livers white as milk?"

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1600

"The painter plays the spider, and hath woven / A golden mesh t' untrap the hearts of men / Faster than gnats in cobwebs."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1600

"Thou wilt not only loose the forfeiture, / But, touched with human gentleness and love, / Forgive a moiety of the principal, / Glancing an eye of pity on his losses, / That have of late so huddled on his back / Enough to press a royal merchant down / And pluck commiseration of his state / From b...

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1600

"[F]or in companions / That do converse and waste the time together, / Whose souls do bear an equal yoke of love, / There must be needs a like proportion / Of lineaments, of manners, and of spirit."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1600

"Not on thy sole but on thy soul, harsh Jew, / Thou mak'st thy knife keen."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1600

"Troilus, methinks, mounted the Trojan walls, / And sighed his soul toward the Grecian tents / Where Cressid lay that night."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1600

"Such harmony is in immortal souls, /But whilst this muddy vesture of decay / Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1600

"The motions of his spirit are dull as night, / And his affections dark as Erebus."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1600

Fancy "is engendered in the eyes, / With gazing fed; and fancy dies / In the cradle where it lies."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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