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Date: 1785

"It is true, that I have the dear little babes of some particular friends more immediately in view; but my heart glows at the idea of smoothing the thorny paths of a thousand little innocents—of sparing the tears of helpless infants."

— Fenn [née Frere], Ellenor (1744-1813)

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Date: 1785

"Authority may place a child in the path of learning; but pleasure only can entice him on; let us therefor endeavour to strew the entrance with flowers, which may induce him to proceed with alacrity."

— Fenn [née Frere], Ellenor (1744-1813)

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Date: 1786

"Our minds are like blank paper, as a great philosopher has observed, and the first impressions they receive are generally the most permanent and powerful."

— Anonymous

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Date: w. 1782, 1786, 1816

"He consoled himself, however, for this intruding and unwelcome perception of his littleness, with the thought of being great in the eyes of others; and flattered himself that the light of his mind would extend beyond the reach of his sight, and extort from the stars the decrees of his destiny."

— Beckford, William (1760-1844)

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Date: w. 1782, 1786, 1816

"'Drink then this draught,' said the stranger, as he presented to him a phial of a red and yellow mixture: 'and, to satiate the thirst of thy soul, as well as of thy body, know, that I am an Indian; but, from a region of India, which is wholly unknown.'"

— Beckford, William (1760-1844)

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Date: w. 1782, 1786, 1816

"They very politely invited Bababalouk to be of their party; but his head was full of other concerns."

— Beckford, William (1760-1844)

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Date: w. 1782, 1786, 1816

"The falling waters filled his soul with dejection, and his tears trickled down the jasmines he had caught from Nouronihar, and placed in his inflamed bosom."

— Beckford, William (1760-1844)

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Date: w. 1782, 1786, 1816

"The unexpected arrival of the Caliph and the splendour that marked his appearance, had already filled with emotion the ardent soul of Nouronihar."

— Beckford, William (1760-1844)

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Date: w. 1782, 1786, 1816

"All the stories of malignant Dives and dismal Goules thronged into her memory: but, her curiosity was, notwithstanding, more predominant than her fears."

— Beckford, William (1760-1844)

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Date: w. 1782, 1786, 1816

"In the first ebullition of his fury, Vathek had resolved to rip open the body of Alboufaki and to stuff it with those of the negresses and of Carathis herself, but the remembrance of the Giaour, the palace of Istakar, the sabres, and the talismans, flashing before his imagination, with the simul...

— Beckford, William (1760-1844)

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