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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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Foreign Policy for America in the Twenty-first Century: Alternative ...

Thomas H. Henriksen - Political Science - 2001
...species. Dr. Samuel Johnson provided a reason more than two hundred years ago: "Depend on it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." There was plenty to concentrate the American mind in 1940-41, with the result that we had a grand strategy...
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Korea's Future and The Great Powers

Nicholas Eberstadt, Nick Eberstadt, Richard J Ellings - History - 2001 - 361 pages
...from Johnson to Boswcll dated September 19, 1777. The precise quote is: "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." 2. The examples of East Germany and Russia suggest that communist-era assets, when turned loose in...
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The Simple Life: Plain Living and High Thinking in American Culture

David E. Shi - History - 2001 - 332 pages
...limits to American economic growth and standards of living. As England's Dr. Johnson once said, "When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." The energy crisis certainly caught the attention of the American public. That the postwar era of cheap...
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Game, Set, Match: Winning the Negotiations Game

Henry S. Kramer - Business & Economics - 2001 - 360 pages
...the final end game stage. 28O CHAPTER 1 2 THE MID-NEGOTIATION PROCESS "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." [Dr. Samuel Johnson] Time, along with power and information, are the three key elements in any negotiation....
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Presidential Disability: Papers, Discussions, and Recommendations on the ...

The Working Group on Presidential Disability - Political Science - 2001 - 562 pages
...one day, and he suddenly begins to behave in a manifestly loopy fashion. As Dr. Johnson said, "When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."* By the same token, an incident of that kind, drawing attention to the hazards of presidential dementia,...
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Children Who Remember Previous Lives: A Question of Reincarnation, rev. ed.

Ian Stevenson, M.D. - Body, Mind & Spirit - 2016 - 355 pages
...natural one. Here I am thinking of Dr. Johnson's remark about the execution of Rev. William Dodd: "When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully" (Boswell, 1931/1791, p. 725). Further testimony on this point came from a condemned criminal, who,...
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The One Year Devotions for Men

Stuart Briscoe - Religion - 2010 - 400 pages
...This phenomenon is similar to the one described by Samuel Johnson, in his famous observation: "When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."24 In many instances, the promises to God made in the foxhole have been fulfilled when...
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A Handbook on Hanging: Being a Short Introduction to the Fine Art of ...

Charles Duff - Social Science - 2001 - 196 pages
...its part in the battle for human rights. "Depend upon it," said Dr. Johnson, "when a man knows that he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. " Constant readers of the admirable daily Press (not excluding the equally admirable sabbath newspapers,...
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The Death Penalty: an American history

Stuart BANNER, Stuart Banner - History - 2009 - 396 pages
...respect a death sentence was of inestimable value. We may remember Samuel Johnson's comment — "when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully" — as satire, and when Johnson, one of the most prominent of the early English penal reformers, said...
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From Cold War to New World Order: The Foreign Policy of George H.W. Bush

Meenekshi Bose, Rosanna Perotti - Political Science - 2002 - 577 pages
...patrimony. In sum, there may be something to Samuel Johnson's famous dictum "Depend upon it, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully"; however, pressures to put a new line of work together while running an existing operation in crisis...
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