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Stern men with empires in their brains.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers
         (second series, no. 2)

How wretched are the minds of men, and how blind their understandings.
  [Lat., O miseras hominum menteis! oh, pectora caeca!]
      - Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus),
        De Rerum Natura (III, 14)

We plainly perceive that the mind strengthens and decays with the body.
  [Lat., Cum corpore ut una
    Crescere sentimus pariterque senescere mentem.]
      - Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus),
        De Rerum Natura (III, 446)

The conformation of his mind was such, that whatever was little seemed to him great, and whatever was great seemed to him little.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay,
        On Horace Walpole

No barriers, no masses of matter, however enormous, can withstand the powers of the mind the remotest corners yield to them; all things succumb, the very heaven itself is laid open.
  [Lat., Rationi nulla resistunt.
    Claustra nec immense moles, ceduntque recessus:
      Omnia succumbunt, ipsum est penetrabile coelum.]
      - Manilius (Manlius or Mallius) (Marcus or Caius),
        Astronomica (I, 541)

The social states of human kinds
  Are made by multitudes of minds,
    And after multitudes of years
      A little human growth appears
        Worth having, even to the soul
          Who sees most plain it's not the whole.
      - John Masefield, Everlasting Mercy (st. 60)

The mind is its own place, and in itself
  Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 254)

Minds ripen at very different ages.
      - Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson Montagu (Montague)

Mankind are in the end always governed by superiority of intellectual faculties, and none are more sensible of this than the military profession. When, on my return from Italy, I assumed the dress of the Institute, and associated with men of science, I knew what I was doing: I was sure of not being misunderstood by the lowest drummer boy in the army.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

She ransacked her mind but there was nothing in it.
      - Joyce Carol Oates

The sick mind can not bear anything harsh.
  [Lat., Mensque pati durum sustinet aegra nihil.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (I, 5, 18)

The mind alone can not be exiled.
  [Lat., Mens sola loco non exulat.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (IV, 9, 41)

A mind conscious of right laughs at the falsehoods of rumour.
  [Lat., Conscia mens recti famae mendacia risit.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Fasti
         (bk. IV, 311)

Heavens! what thick darkness pervades the minds of men.
  [Lat., Pro superi! quantum mortalia pectora caecae,
    Noctis habent.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (VI, 472)

It is the mind that makes the man, and our vigour is in our immortal soul.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses

The mind is sicker than the sick body; in contemplation of its sufferings it becomes hopeless.
  [Lat., Corpore sed mens est aegro magis aegra; malique
    In circumspectu stat sine fine sui.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Tristium
         (IV, 6, 43)

My mind is my own church.
      - Thomas Paine

The mind has its arrangement; it proceeds from principles to demonstrations. The heart has a different mode of proceeding.
      - Blaise Pascal

The mind wishes for what it has missed, and occupies itself with retrospective contemplation.
  [Lat., Animus quod perdidit optat,
    Atque in praeterita se totus imagine versat.]
      - Petronius (Caius Petronius Arbiter),

A well-balanced mind is the best remedy against affliction.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

The great business of a man is to improve his mind and govern his manners; all other projects and pursuits, whether in our power to compass or not, are only amusements.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

The brain is the citadel of the senses: this guides the principle of thought.
  [Lat., Habet cerebrum sensus arcem; hic mentis est regimen.]
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus),
        Historia Naturalis (XI, 49, 2)

We ought, in humanity, no more to despise a man for the misfortunes of the mind than for those of the body, when they are such as he cannot help; were this thoroughly considered we should no more laugh at a man for having his brains cracked than for having his head broke.
      - Alexander Pope

Strength of mind is exercise, not rest.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. II, l. 104)

Love, Hope, and Joy, fair pleasure's smiling train,
  Hate, Fear, and Grief, the family of pain,
    These mix'd with art, and to due bounds confin'd
      Make and maintain the balance of the mind.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. II, l. 117)

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