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Date: Friday, February 1727

"The strongest Arguments leave no Impression on his Mind, and the clearest Truth has no Charms in his Eyes."

— Caleb d'Anvers [pseud. for Nicholas Amhurst, Henry, Viscount Bolingbroke, and William Pulteney, Earl of Bath]

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Date: 1737

One may "grateful bow / To those benignant pow'rs, who fram'd thy mind / In crimes unfruitful, never to admit / The black impression of a guilty thought."

— Glover, Richard (1712-1785)

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Date: 1739

"Ask ye what Law their conq'ring Cause confess'd? / Great Nature's Law, the Law within the Breast, / Form'd by no Art, and to no Sect confin'd, / But stamp'd by Heav'n upon th' unletter'd Mind."

— Brooke, Henry (c. 1703-1783)

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