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Date: July 23, 1995

"His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free."

— Smith, Chuck

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Date: 2005

"Memories, like mohair sweaters, / Stretched and pilled faux distressed letters."

— Bird, Andrew (b. July 11, 1973)

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Date: Februrary 25, 2009

"He thinks that discourses are 'established conventions' and that language is a resource which constrains what can be said – as if words were ill-fitting clothes within which thoughts are confined."

— Wootton, David

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Date: 2018

"[A]ll the thoughts we produce are organized like clothes in a wardrobe, with trousers on one shelf, sweaters on another."

— Knausgaard, Karl Ove (b. 1968)

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Date: November 14, 2019

"If you're just well enough to drag yourself to your place of employment (your thoughts still a sound cloud of distress, but the volume on low), or if your depression takes the form more of an itchy sweater than a leaden dentist's apron (which is to say, anxiety), you are forever and always perfo...

— Senior, Jennifer

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