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Date: February 18, 2017

"So we're stuck in Trump's head with him. ... It's a very cluttered place to be, a fine-tuned machine spewing a torrent of chaos, cruelty, confusion, farce and transfixing craziness."

— Dowd, Maureen (b. January 14, 1952)

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Date: February 18, 2017

"Then think of the president's skull, which is stuffed with other humours: insecurity, insincerity, victimhood, paranoia, mockery, self-delusion, suspicion, calculation, illogic, vindictiveness, risk, bullying, alimentiveness, approbativeness, vitativeness. Gall, divided into three parts."

— Dowd, Maureen (b. January 14, 1952)

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Date: February 27, 2017

"And I don't want to pray, but I can picture / the plants deepening right now into the soil, / wanting to live, so I lie down among them, / in my ripped pink tank top, filthy and covered / in sweat, among red burying beetles and dirt / that's been turned and turned like a problem / in the mind."

— Limón, Ada (b. March 28, 1976)

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Date: March 18, 2017

"The Hirshhorn has a sold-out exhibit of Yayoi Kusama's stunning infinity mirror rooms. But they are nothing compared to the infinity mirror room of Trump's mind, now on display a mile and a half away at the White House."

— 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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There may by "Distempers and Uneasinesses either of Body of Mind"

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"Were it so with the soul (as some Philosophers have vainly imagined) to come into the world as an ab rasa tabula, a mere blank or piece of white paper, on which neither any thing written, nor any blots; it would then be equally receptive of good and evil, and no more averse to the ...

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If one weighs crowns and kingdoms against deeds they may "Far, far too light in Wisdom's eye" may seem--"Nor shake the scale, while Reason holds the beam

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"All the pleasing illusions, which made power gentle, and obedience liberal, which harmonized the different shades of life, and which, by a bland assimilation, incorporated into politics the sentiments which beautify and soften private society, are to be dissolved by this new conquering empire of...

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"The soften'd heart, prepar'd to take / Whate'er impressions Love shall make."

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