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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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"Minds let pointed Virtues grow, That, without injuring, resist a Foe."

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"His heart is old, it is dark and hard, a heart of stone."

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"The peculiar nature of the materials it deals with, summons into the fray on the opposing side the most violent, sordid and malignant passions of the human breast, the Furies of private interest."

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"It is hitting below the intellect."

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"your heart of gold gets heavier to carry."

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"Weeds in abundance spring up in a piece of ground which is neglected; — so do naughty dispositions in an uncultivated mind

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'Tis in Clarinda's charming mind, / The sweet attraction lies; / There all that fire and life we find, / That sparkles in her eyes.

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As a piece of ground which is negligently cultivated, produces abundance of noxious weeds, so in the soul of an indolent man over-run with numberless vicious passions.

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