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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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Energy: Science, Policy, and the Pursuit of Sustainability

Robert Bent, Lloyd Orr, Randall Baker - Business & Economics - 2002 - 257 pages
...as does a erisis. This is a vatiant of Dr. Johnsons famous observation: "Depend on it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." It could be argued, for insrance, that it took the expressive literary genius and scientific wisdom...
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Law and Literature

Brook Thomas - Law and literature - 2002 - 399 pages
...day of the trial with another proleptic gesture, quoting Dr. Johnson: "'Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully'" (70). Hoskins suggests that the prospect of capital punishment "concentrated the mind not only of the...
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One Thousand Six Hundred Thirty Three

David Weber, Eric Flint - Fiction - 2002 - 598 pages
...has him scheduled for the chopping block. It's like Samuel Johnson said: 'Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.' Not even Charles is silly enough to let his petty irritation with Wentworth stand in the way of staying...
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Modern Insurgencies and Counter-insurgencies: Guerrillas and Their Opponents ...

Ian Frederick William Beckett, Ian F. (University of Luton Beckett, UK) - History - 2001 - 268 pages
...right back to us and buy their education. like their pastrami. elsewhere Samuel Johnson said. "When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight. it concentrates his mind wondertully." Our equivalent hanging dealing with students and their families as customers — has...
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Blood & Ink: An International Guide to Fact-based Crime Literature

Albert Borowitz - Law - 2002 - 524 pages
...Johnson produced his famous quip: "Why should you think so? Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows that he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." In 1783 Johnson made his final comment on Dodd's case: "I was very willing to have him pardoned, that...
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Ha!: A Self-Murder Mystery

Gordon Sheppard - Biography & Autobiography - 2003 - 864 pages
...SHEPPARD: As Samuel Johnson said, speaking of a prisoner condemned to die, "Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." I imagine the same thing applies to you with regard to Hubert: since he had declared he was going to...
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Downstairs, Upstairs: The Changed Spirit and Face of College Life in America

John A. Flower - Education - 2003 - 375 pages
...had an effect similar to that described by Dr. Samuel Johnson, who said, "Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." Meanwhile the judges on the bench of the Tenth Circuit in Denver, after reconsidering the Adarand case,...
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Our Greatest Writers: And Their Major Works

John Carrington - English literature - 2003 - 331 pages
...What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. - Depend upon it , sir — when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. - Q: Why, sir, in your dictionary, do you define 'pastern' as the 'knee of a horse? A: Ignorance, madam,...
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The Service of the Sword: Worlds of Honor 4

David Weber - Fiction - 2003 - 496 pages
...to deal with. But now he was working an average of eighteen hours a day. Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. Granted, Yuri Radamacher had more than a fortnight at his disposal. But how much more, remained to...
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Preparing Heirs: Five Steps to a Successful Transition of Family Wealth and ...

Roy Orville Williams, Vic Preisser - Law - 2003 - 181 pages
...surprising impact on heirs and benefactors. As Samuel Johnson once wrote: "Depend on it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."20 Not that a hanging is in store, but the reality of planned responsibility (as a steward...
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