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"Forgetfulness, dumbness, necessity! / In chains of the mind locked up, / Like fetters of ice shrinking together."

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"Though grey our beards, our thoughts and aims are green: / Like damag'd clocks, whose hand and bell dissent, / Folly sings six, while nature points at twelve."

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"Let but the least trifle cross his way, and his desultorious fancy presently takes the scent, leaves the unfinished and half-mangled notion, and skips away in pursuit of the new game."

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