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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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Looking for Hamlet

Marvin W. Hunt - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 256 pages
...circumstance confers a special importance on this choice. Samuel Johnson famously remarked that "when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." What was Ferrers looking for in Hamlet? Perhaps he found a connection between his own circumstance...
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Thought-Provoking Quotations

...only mortals feel. - Vasantha Surya, "A Word Between Us" 20. Concentration Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. - Samuel Johnson, (Boswell's Life of Johnson) The one serviceable, safe, certain, remunerative, attainable...
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Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Lives and Legends of the Pirate Charles Gibbs

Joseph Gibbs - Biography & Autobiography - 2007 - 211 pages
...York press — seem contradictory or incoherent, belying Samuel Johnson's famous remark that "when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." Hopson began their March 23 session by telling the prisoner that "I expected all he had told me could...
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THE Rich Hiker's Guide to Walking with God

...your brethren. Eventually, each one of us must walk alone with God. "Depend upon it, sir, when a roan knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully," said Samuel Johnson. When trials come, when our life seems to be about over, it is time to walk alone...
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Monet to Dalí: Impressionist and Modern Masterworks from the Cleveland ...

Cleveland Museum of Art, William H. Robinson, William H Robinson, Laurence Channing, Barbara J. Bradley, Margaret Burgess - Art - 2007 - 135 pages
...of Pierre de Wiessant, One of the Burghers of Calais 1886 "Depend upon it. Sir, when a man knows lie is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." — Samuel Johnson Separate studies of the burghers' heads and hands became independent sculptures,...
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The Language of Silence - Volume 2, Volume 2

George Schloss - Religion - 2008 - 404 pages
...explorations for another three or four centuries. Letter 46 - September 1, 2005 "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." So said Dr. Johnson. And so say we all (or a reasonable facsimile thereof), when "faced", as I've been...
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Dear Mr Rudd: Ideas for a Better Australia

Robert Manne - Australia - 2008 - 294 pages
...problem, but it would be a step forward. WAR ON TERROR Martin Krygier According to Dr Johnson, 'when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.' Wondering whether you might be attacked by terrorists seems to have similar, if not always wonderful,...
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