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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 Intelligent Student's Guide to Learning at University

Geoffrey Cooper - Education - 2003 - 141 pages
...spend some time planning my written answers. Q Introduction Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows that he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully (Dr Samuel Johnson). Most students dislike exams yet universities persist with the timehonoured end-of-unit...
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Our Affair with El Niño: How We Transformed an Enchanting Peruvian Current ...

S. George Philander - Nature - 2004 - 275 pages
...considerable investment in science by quoting Samuel Johnson in a threatening tone: "Depend on it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." Today there is enormous pressure on scientists to do research that is useful, to predict El Nino for...
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Allusions in the Press: An Applied Linguistic Study

Paul Lennon - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2004 - 297 pages
...polls, like hanging, concentrate the mind wonderfully." This alludes to "Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully" (Samuel Johnson in Boswell's Life, volume 3: 167). This is a quotation well-known enough to be cited...
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Surprise, Security, and the American Experience

John Lewis Gaddis - History - 2005 - 150 pages
...might call the Dr. Samuel Johnson Test: "Depend on it, Sir," the great man once commented, "when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."* Despite a significantly altered strategic landscape, dangers before December 7, 1941, were not convincingly...
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Religion and the Death Penalty: A Call for Reckoning

David Novak - History - 2004 - 294 pages
...of heart. Here the picture is quite different. "Depend upon it, Sir," said Samuel lohnson, "when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."1 Indeed there may be many criminals for whom nothing else concentrates the mind enough....
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Calling a Halt to Mindless Change: A Plea for Commonsense Management

John Macdonald - Business & Economics - 1998 - 260 pages
...Why do you work for your present company? Chapter 10 Focus Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows that he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) Do not do unto others as you would they should do unto you. Their tastes...
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The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings

Peter Kreeft - Religion - 2005 - 237 pages
...of the most quoted man (besides Shakespeare) in English literature, Doctor Johnson, reads: "When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." (Watch the movie Dead Man Walking with this point in mind, and you may see a serious argument for capital...
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Paroles de traducteur: de la traduction comme activité jubilatoire

William Olivier Desmond, Fabrice Antoine - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2005 - 135 pages
...lecteur français de culture moyenne peut comprendre immédiatement. Si on lit, en revanche, "... when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully," vous ne saurez peut-être pas que c'est une citation, célèbre en Angleterre, de Samuel Johnson. Vous...
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Dark Eyes on America: The Novels of Joyce Carol Oates

Gavin Cologne-Brookes - Literary Criticism - 2009 - 296 pages
...available, are not necessarily desirable. The epigraph (Samuel Johnson's famous dictum that "when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully") suggests that the fact of death should focus our minds on how to live. The dogged pursuit of insoluble...
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Psychotherapy and the Treatment of Cancer Patients: Bearing Cancer in Mind

Lawrence Goldie, Jane Desmarais - Psychology - 2005 - 156 pages
...anything known to be his, Dr Johnson responded, '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'.7 All the soldiers writing hoped that their life would contribute to making the world...
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