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In remembring the Mind is often active.       §7. In this secondary Perception, as I may so call it, or viewing
again the Ideas, that are lodg’d in the Memory, the Mind is oftentimes
more than barely passive, the appearance of those dormant Pictures,
depending sometimes on the Will. The Mind very often sets it self
on work in search of some hidden Idea, and turns, as it were, the
Eye of the Soul upon it; though sometimes too they start up in our
Minds of their own accord, and offer themselves to the Under-
standing; and very often are rouzed and tumbled out of their dark
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Cells, into open Day-light, by some turbulent and tempestuous
Passion; our Affections bringing Ideas to our Memory, which had
otherwise lain quiet and unregarded. This farther is to be observed,
concerning Ideas lodg’d in the Memory, and upon occasion revived
by the Mind, that they are not only (as the Word revive imports)
none of them new ones; but also that the Mind takes notice of them,
as of a former Impression, and renews its acquaintance with them,
as with Ideas it had known before. So that though Ideas formerly
imprinted are not all constantly in view, yet in remembrance they
are constantly known to be such, as have been formerly imprinted,
i.e. in view, and taken notice of before by the Understanding.
Locke Hum II, 10, §7, pp. 152-153