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THOUGHT. The operation of the mind. No one can be punished for his mere thoughts however wicked they may be. Human laws cannot reach them, first, because they are unknown; and, secondly, unless made manifest by some action, they are not injurious to any one; but when they manifest themselves, then the act, which is the consequence, may be punished. Dig. 50 16, 225.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The most commonly reported symptoms were a belief that others were spying on or following the patient (43.2%), auditory hallucinations (35.1%), visual hallucinations (32.4%), and thought broadcasting (32.4%) (Table 1).