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What is this little, agile, precious fire, this fluttering motion which we call the mind?
      - Matthew Prior

My mind's my kingdom.
      - Francis Quarles, School of the Heart
         (ode IV, st. 3)

Our minds are like our stomaches; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite.
  [Lat., Mens mutatione recreabitur; sicut in cibis, quorum diversitate reficitur stomachus, et pluribus minore fastido alitur.]
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus),
        De Institutione Oratoria (I, 11, 1)

Whose cockloft is unfurnished.
      - Francois Rabelais,
        The Author's Prologue to the Fifth Book

The mind is but a barren soil; a soil which is soon exhausted, and will produce no crop or only one, unless it be continually fertilized and enriched with foreign matter.
      - Sir Joshua Reynolds

A mind too active is no mind at all.
      - Theodore Roethke

The mind grows narrow in proportion as the soul grows corrupt.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A feeble body weakens the mind.
  [Fr., Un corps debile affoiblit l'ame.]
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile (I)

Man is only miserable so far as he thinks himself so.
  [It., Tanto e miser l'uom quant' ei si riputa.]
      - Jacopo Sannazaro (Sannazarius),
        Ecloga Octava

Every great mind seeks to labor for eternity. All men are captivated by immediate advantages; great minds alone are excited by the prospect of distant good.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

The mind is the eyesight of the soul.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

It is the mind that makes us rich and happy, in what condition soever we are, and money signifies no more to it than it does to the gods.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

The mind is the proper judge of the man.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

The sovereign good of man is a mind that subjects all things to itself and is itself subject to nothing; such a man's pleasures are modest and reserved, and it may be a question whether he goes to heaven, or heaven comes to him; for a good man is influenced by God Himself, and has a kind of divinity within him.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

A great mind becomes a great fortune.
  [Lat., Magnam fortunam magnus animus decet.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Clementia (I, 5)

The mind is the master over every kind of fortune: itself acts in both ways, being the cause of its own happiness and misery.
  [Lat., Valentior omni fortuna animus est: in utramque partem ipse res suas ducit, beataeque miserae vitae sibi causa est.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (XCVIII)

For I do not distinguish them by the eye, but by the mind, which is the proper judge of the man.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Of a Happy Life (ch. I),
        (L'Estrange's Abstract)

A good mind possesses a kingdom.
  [Lat., Mens bona regnum possidet.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Thyestes
         (act II, 380)

Canst thou not minster to a mind diseased;
  Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow;
    Raze out the written troubles of the brain;
      And, with some sweet oblivious antidote,
        Cleanse the foul bosom of that perilous stuff,
          Which weighs upon the heart?
      - William Shakespeare

It is the mind that makes the body rich.
      - William Shakespeare

'Tis but a base ignoble mind that mounts no higher than a bird can soar.
      - William Shakespeare

O, what a noble mind is here o'erthrown!
  The courtier's, soldier's, scholar's, eye, tongue, sword,
    Th' expectancy and rose of the fair state,
      The glass of fashion and the mould of form,
        Th' observed of all observers, quite, quite down!
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Ophelia at III, i)

The incessant care and labor of his mind
  Hath wrought the mure that should confine it in
    So thin that life looks through and will break out.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (Clarence at IV, iv)

My lord, 'tis but a base ignoble mind
  That mounts no higher than a bird can soar.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Gloucester at II, i)

'Tis good for men to love their present pains
  Upon example: so the spirit is eased;
    And when the mind is quicken'd, out of doubt,
      The organs, though defunct and dead before,
        Break up their drowsy grave and newly move
          With casted slough and fresh legerity.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at IV, i)

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