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Date: 1790

"Yet what infuses his mind unstain'd and pure? / Nurtur'd in venal, sycophantic schools-- / Eras'd each sterling virtue of the soul-- / Debas'd--new coin'd in flattery's servile mint, / He may become a pander to a prince."

— Warren, Mercy Otis (1728-1814)

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Date: 1792

"Brave spirit! He would coin his heart!"

— Holcroft, Thomas (1745-1809)

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Date: April 20, 1796

"Oh, farewell! / I cannot coin in words my soul's soft meaning!"

— Lee, Sophia (bap. 1750, d. 1824)

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Date: 1799

"The debt that lies on your heart, pay in the heart's coin, when you please. At present I am in no want of money"

— Hoare, Prince (1755-1834); Kotzebue (1761-1819)

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Date: 1802

"[H]e did boast he had made his fortune by the coinage of his own brain, by Radix Rheno, I did think he laid, by coining ready rhino"

— Reynolds, Frederick (1764-1841)

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Date: 1805

"Still is it the false coinage of my fears?"

— Baillie, Joanna (1762-1851)

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Date: 1813

"No, my generous friend, the Admiral's heart is gold, and I might coin it"

— Cumberland, Richard (1732-1811)

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