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Date: June 22, 1731

"The wise Man prepares himself for Death, by making it familiar to his Mind.--When strong Reflections hold the Mirror near,--and the Living in the Dead behold their future selves, how does each inordinate Passion and Desire cease or sicken at the View?"

— Lillo, George (1691/3-1739)

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Date: 1734

"Alas! that I shou'd view your Heart in the Mirror of my own!"

— Cooke, Thomas (1703-1756); Terence (c. 190 - 159 B.C.)

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Date: 1739

"Yes, Speech is Animi Index, & Speculum; 'tis the Interpreter of the Heart, 'tis the Image of the Soul."

— Baker, Henry (1698-1774); Miller James (1706-1744); Molière (1622-1673)

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Date: 1752

"Is not Ambition glutted with my Store? / And yet that faithful Mirror of the Mind, / Reflection, still a gloomy Prospect shews."

— Gentleman, Francis (1728-1784)

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Date: 1775

A new light may break in upon someone

— Sheridan, Richard Brinsley (1751-1816)

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Date: 1777

"Her shatter'd fancy, like a mirror broken, / Reflects no single image just and true, / But many false ones."

— Home, John (1722-1808)

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Date: 1782

"Wisdom, blest beam! / The brightness of the everlasting light! / The spotlesss mirror of the pow'r of GOD! / The reflex image of th' all-perfect mind!"

— More, Hannah (1745-1833)

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Date: May 18, 1782, 1785

"Why is the countenance made a mask for the soul, when it should be a mirror, in which every eye might behold the true features of the mind, in the deformity of vice, or the loveliness of virtue!"

— Pilon, Frederick (1750-1788)

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Date: April 20, 1796

"Oh! that superior mind is gone for ever! / --Yet still, thus ruin'd, like a broken mirror, / It gives a perfect image in each fragment!"

— Lee, Sophia (bap. 1750, d. 1824)

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Date: 1798

"The countenance, to attract the heart of a worthy man, must be the mirror of an unsullied mind."

— Papendick, George (fl. 1798)

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