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" Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. "
The life of Samuel Johnson ... including A journal of his tour to the ... - Page 305
by James Boswell - 1835
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L. D.: Together with a Journal of a ..., Volume 2

James Boswell - 1900
...struggle as little as Dodd's own, because it had a great deal more force of mind in it than any thing known to be his, you answered, — ' Why should you think so ? Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." JOHNSON. " Sir,...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson ...: To which is Added The Journal of a ..., Volume 2

James Boswell - Hebrides (Scotland) - 1900 - 726 pages
...you that it was not Dodd's own, because it had a great deal more force of mind in it than anything six mile-stone, on the Edgeware Road,115 and had carried down his I72 BOSWELL'S LI a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.'" JOHNSON: "Sir,...
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Alexander Pope

Leslie Stephen - Poets, English - 1902 - 216 pages
...so forcibly, Johnson felt bound not to expose him. " Why should you think so ? Depend upon it, air, when any man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." On another occasion, Johnson expressed a doubt himself as to whether Dodd had really composed a certain...
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Life of Johnson, Volumes 1-2

James Boswell - 1904
...you that it was not Dodd's own, because it had a great deal more force of mind in it than any thing a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." ' JOHNSON. '...
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Samuel Johnson

Leslie Stephen - 1908 - 200 pages
...expressed a doubt as to Dodd's power of writing so forcibly, Johnson felt bound not to expose him. " Why should you think so ] Depend upon it, sir, when...he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates bis mind wonderfully." On another occasion, Johnson expressed a doubt himself as to •whether Dodd...
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Development: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences, Volume 3

Stuart Corbridge - Developing countries - 2000 - 400 pages
...nation to its collective senses is the aggregate version of an insight due to Samuel Johnson: '[W]hen a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight. it concentrates his mind wonderfully." The quip seems to apply with equal force to nations in severe crisis. as some of the key cases of radical...
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A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War

Harry V. Jaffa - History - 2004 - 576 pages
...an unwonted attention to the immemorial problem of human liberty." According to Dr. Johnson, "when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." The prospect of Hitler's imminent victory concentrated Becker's mind in 1941 in a way that it had not...
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The Tide of Victory

Eric Flint, David Drake - Fiction - 2001 - 500 pages
...that would have been, who made so many fine quips. Dr. Samuel Johnson. "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." Chapter 23 THE DECCAN Autumn, 533 AD Rana Sanga kept his eyes firmly fixed on the ivory half-throne...
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Generation Exodus: The Fate of Young Jewish Refugees from Nazi Germany

Walter Laqueur, Chairman International Research Council Walter Laqueur - History - 2001 - 345 pages
...Neither of these people had any experience evading the security organs but, as Dr. Johnson said, "when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. Through German contacts they got advice on where and how to escape. Private Enterprise or Stories of...
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Seven Weeks for the Soul: A Reflective Journey for Lent Or Other Times of ...

Gerard W. Hughes - Religion - 2001 - 261 pages
...hypocrites do: they pull long faces to let men know they are fasting. mHttHEUI 6: I. 5. II, "\\Tien a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully," wrote Dr. Johnson. In the early days of Christianity, ashes were placed on the heads of penitents at...
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