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Date: 1788

"But if rebellion vex each vital part, / The head made dark by demons in the heart, / The will runs riot, while the passions rule, / The soul a slave, and reason quite a tool"

— Woodhouse, James (bap. 1735, d. 1820)

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Date: 1788

"The soul [is] a slave, and reason quite a tool."

— Woodhouse, James (bap. 1735, d. 1820)

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Date: 1789, 1800

"Human Nature's his show-box--your friend, would you know him? / Pull the string, Ruling Passion--the picture will show him."

— Burns, Robert (1759-1796)

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Date: w. 1798-1800, 1814

"Of the individual Mind that keeps her own / Inviolate retirement, subject there / To Conscience only, and the law supreme / Of that Intelligence which governs all."

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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Date: 1820

"Yet am I king over myself, and rule / The torturing and conflicting throngs within, / As Jove rules you when Hell grows mutinous."

— Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822)

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Date: 1940

"The provinces of his body revolted, / The squares of his mind were empty, / Silence invaded the suburbs, / The current of his feeling failed; he became his admirers."

— Auden, W. H. (1907-1973)

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