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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: 1656

"It is impossible, Lady, except you should alter the Fabrick of his mind, unbend its appetite, or give it new desires; for as long as the divine soul creating breath, is clad with different disposing matter, and cast in several moulds, there will be Wise and Fooles."

— Anonymous

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Date: 1671

"But all your flame and passion's pure: / Your thoughts you show in such a comely dress, / As never sullied Theater nor Press."

— Howard, Edward (bap. 1624, d. 1712)

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Date: 1700

"I feel my Soul rise with my Pocket."

— Burnaby, William (1673-1706)

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