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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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Expecting the End: Millennialism in Social and Historical Context

Kenneth G. C. Newport, Crawford Gribben - Religion - 2006 - 319 pages
...1840-1854; Nazi Germany, 1933-1945), or more lastingly (Ming and Maoist China, Soviet Russia). 56 "When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully . . .," Samuel Johnson, quoted by J. Boswell, Life of Johnson, ed. GB Hill, revised by LF Powell, iii,...
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One Hundred Semesters: My Adventures as Student, Professor, and University ...

William M. Chace - Education - 2009 - 368 pages
...a quarry for articles and the basis of a book. As Samuel Johnson said, "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." I concentrated my mind. Slotted into those hours not devoted to learning how to teach or how to be...
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The Yale Book of Quotations

Fred R. Shapiro, Associate Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research Fred R Shapiro - Reference - 2006 - 1067 pages
...Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) (entry for 22 June 1776) 89 Depend upon it, Sir, when a >K H2 闡x N 7 # 옲 6 3 #Nߟ3 Quoted in James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) (entry for 19 Sept. 1777) 90 When a man...
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Psychology of Terrorism

Bruce Bongar, Lisa M. Brown, Larry E. Beutler, James N. Breckenridge, Philip G. Zimbardo - Political Science - 2006 - 512 pages
...Calhoun, 1998). In fact, and without going quite so far as to say with Samuel Johnson that "when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully," there is truth in the saying that the awareness of death causes a reexamination of value systems (Ursano,...
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The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where, and When

Ralph Keyes - Reference - 2007 - 416 pages
...reference to the unusually vigorous writing of a condemned forger, was "Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. Verdict: Credit Samuel Johnson for the thought, and his version of the words. "CONSISTENCY is the hobgoblin...
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The Simple Life: Plain Living and High Thinking in American Culture

David E. Shi - Philosophy - 2007 - 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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Effective Foundation Management: 14 Challenges of Philanthropic Leadership ...

Joel J. Orosz - Business & Economics - 2007 - 162 pages
...FOUNDATION FREEDOM: BLESSING OR CURSE? Samuel Johnson memorably wrote, "Be dependent on it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." Foundation leaders, however, know that they are unlikely ever to be hanged, literally or even figuratively,...
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Soaring with Fidel: An Osprey Odyssey from Cape Cod to Cuba and Beyond

David Gessner - Nature - 2007 - 289 pages
...Roosevelt's always restless energies were concentrated fully. Samuel Johnson said famously, "When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." So too charging into gunfire. Would Roosevelt's mind ever again be so wonderfully concentrated? Would...
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Commonsense Direct & Digital Marketing

Drayton Bird - Business & Economics - 2007 - 434 pages
...other justification worth mentioning.' Raymond Rubicam Founder, Young & Rubicam Advertising 'When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. ' Dr Johnson In 1 957 my situation was bleak. I was making 7.00 a week editing a small trade journal....
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The Psychiatry of Palliative Medicine: The Dying Mind

Sandy Macleod - Medical - 2007 - 168 pages
...medication-responsive depression is fundamentally what needs to be determined. Prevalence Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. Samuel Johnson ( 1709-1 784) 14 The current (1 month) prevalence of major depression in national epidemiological...
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