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QUOTES ON THE MIND


Hands, do what you’re bid:
Bring the balloon of the mind
That bellies and drags in the wind
Into its narrow shed.
W. B. YEATS, The Balloon Of The Mind
In every cry of every Man,
In every Infant’s cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forg'd manacles I hear.
WILLIAM BLAKE, London

There is a drowsy state, between sleeping and waking, when you dream more in five minutes with your eyes half open, and yourself half conscious of everything that is passing around you, than you would in five nights with your eyes fast closed, and your senses wrapt in perfect unconsciousness. At such time, a mortal knows just enough of what his mind is doing, to form some glimmering conception of its mighty powers, its bounding from earth and spurning time and space, when freed from the restraint of its corporeal associate.

CHARLES DICKENS, Oliver Twist

And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about. I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for it is the one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system.

JOHN STEINBECK, East of Eden

The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heav'n of hell, a hell of heav'n.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

The mind of man is capable of anything — because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future.

JOSEPH CONRAD, Heart of Darkness

Matter is plastic in the face of Mind.

PHILIP K. DICK, Valis

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