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Date: 1670, rev. 1678

"A mirk mirrour is a man's mind."

— Ray [formerly Wray], John (1627-1705)

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Date: 1678, 2nd edition in 1743

"For though the Geometrician perceive himself to make Lines, Triangles and Circles in the Dust, with his Finger, yet he is not aware, how he makes all those same Figures, first upon the Corporeal Spirits of his Brain, from whence notwithstanding, as from a Glass, they are reflected to him, Fancy ...

— Cudworth, Ralph (1617-1688)

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Date: 1679

The eyes are "False mirrors of an Heart, which deeper lies."

— Woodford, Samuel (1636-1700)

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Date: 1680

"Madam, your Person is Natures Essence Bottle, and your mind the Mirror of Virtue and Discretion"

— D'Urfey, Thomas (1653?-1723)

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Date: 1682

"Here Ovid's fancy in this Mirrour shines."

— Livingstone, Michael (fl. 1680)

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Date: November, 1682

"Some few, whose lamp shone brighter, have been led / From cause to cause, to Nature's secret head."

— Dryden, John (1631-1700)

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Date: w. 1628, published in 1684, 1701

"We can best learn how mental intuition is to be employed by comparing it with ordinary vision."

— Descartes, René (1596-1650)

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Date: 1685

"God is accustom'd seriously to show / To men (what often they conceal for shame) / Their future state i'th' mirrour of a dream."

— Clark, William (fl. 1663-1685)

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Date: 1687

"For whatsoe're the mighty Men of Sense, / Those skulls of Axiome and Philosophy, / By reasons Telescope pretend t' evince, / Beyond this World we can no other see"

— Rawlet, John (bap. 1642, d. 1686)

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Date: 1690, 1694, 1695, 1700, 1706

Native beams of light should shine out in their "full Lustre" in children, idiots, and savages.

— Locke, John (1632-1704)

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