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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, LL. D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies ... - Page 7
by James Boswell - 1821
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

James Boswell - Authors, English - 1826
...you that it was not Dodd's own, because it had a great deal more force of mind in it than any tiling known to be his, you answered, — ' Why should you...pass as his own, while that could do him any good, there was an implied promise that 1 should not own it. To own it, therefore, would have been telling...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Including a Journal of a Tour to the ...

James Boswell - Authors, English - 1835
...thing known to be; his, you answered j — 'Why should you think so? Depend upon it, sir, when any man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."' JOHNSON. "Sir, as Do(fd got it from me to pass as his own, while thai could do him any good, that waN an implied promise...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L. D.: Including A Journal of a Tour ..., Volume 2

James Boswell - 1843
...when any man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.'" JOHNSOK. "Sir, as Dodd got it from me to pass as his own, while that could do him anv good, that wak an implied promise that f snould not own it. To own it, therefore, would have been...
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The History of Junius and His Works: And a Review of the Controversy ...

John Jaques - 1843 - 406 pages
...general style, " Why should you think so?" observed Johnson ; "depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows that he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." " In one point of view," says Sir Philip Francis's advocate, " it seems unfortunate that the Letters...
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Scraps. [An anthology, ed.] by H. Jenkins

esq Henry Jenkins - 1864
...than anything known to be his, you answered, ' Why should you think so ? Depend upon it, sir, when any man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.' " [It is stated in Miss Reynolds's " Recollections " and in the "Gentleman's Magazine, v. 47, p. 340,...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson

James Boswell - 1873 - 576 pages
...that it was not Dodd's own, Ьесапк it had a great deal more force of mind in it than anything known to be his, you answered, " Why should you think...fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." ' Jons SON : ' Sir, as Dodd got it from me to pass at his own, while that could do him any good, that...
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The life of Samuel Johnson ... together with A journal of a tour to the ...

James Boswell - 1874
...the great surgeon, should not press loo tightly upon the was in attendance to try and resuscitate • Dodd's own, because it had a great deal more force...pass as his own, while that could do him any good, there was an implied promise that I should not own it. To own it, therefore, would have been telling...
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The life of Samuel Johnson ... together with A journal of a tour to the ...

James Boswell - 1874
...and the unhappy criminal had him. But all was found useless, been chareed to struggle as Ktlle as i Dodd's own, because it had a great deal more force...pass as his own, while that could do him any good, there was an implied promise that I should not own it. To own it, therefore, would have been telling...
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Acme Library of Standard Biography: Third Series

Authors, English - 1880 - 541 pages
...forcibly, Johnson felt bound not to expose him. " Why should you think so ? Depend upon it, sir, when any man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." On another occasion, Johnson expressed a doubt himself as to whether Dodd had really composed a certain...
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The life of Samuel Johnson ... together with The journal of a tour ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - 1884
...than anything known to be his, you answered,—'Why should you think so? Depend upon it, Sir, when any man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates...wonderfully.'" JOHNSON. " Sir, as Dodd got it from me'to pass as his own, while that could do him any good, that was an implied promise that I should...
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