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" No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail ; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned ; "
The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Including A Journal of a Tour to the ... - Pągina 338
per James Boswell - 1831
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I Cease Not to Yowl: Ezra Pound's Letters to Olivia Rossetti Agresti

Ezra Pound, Olivia Rossetti Agresti - 1998 - 327 pągines
...recorded by James Boswell in The /ournal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, 31 August 1759: "No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a )ail; for being on a ship is being in a )ail with the chance of being drowned. ... A man in a )ail...
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Book of Humorous Quotations

Connie Robertson - 1998 - 381 pągines
...place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes, than a public library. 2175 Being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned. 2176 When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. JOHNSON...
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Samuel Johnson

Lawrence Lipking - 2000 - 384 pągines
...delightful in prospect but straightway wracked by sickening storms.10 Johnson detested the sailor's life — "being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned"11 — and evokes it whenever he wants to "fix the lowest point to which humanity could fall,"...
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Mainsail to the Wind: A Book of Sailing Quotations

William Galvani - 1999 - 214 pągines
...and merry might he be. Verses from a song sung by women in Gosport, England, in the late 18th century No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough...being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned... A man in jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company. SAMUEL JOHNSON, 1759 When men...
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Hit Man

Lawrence Block - 2009 - 352 pągines
...wording." "Dr. Johnson," he said, "and one could hardly do that. Improve the man's wording, that is. 'Being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.' He said that as well, and I defy anyone to comment more trenchantly on the experience, or to say it...
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A Military History of Australia

Jeffrey Grey - 1999 - 300 pągines
...than the army, at least by those who were not in it. Samuel Johnson, acerbic as ever, thought that 'no man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into jail', but 'Jolly Jack Tar' enjoyed popular hero status during the Napoleonic Wars and after, although...
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The Many-headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of ...

Peter Linebaugh, Marcus Rediker - 2000 - 433 pągines
...captured. Their reasons are not difficult to fathom. Dr. Samuel Johnson put the matter succinctly when he said, "No man will be a sailor who has contrivance...himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in jail with the chance of being drowned. ... A man in jail has more room, better food, and commonly better...
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A Short History of Europe, 1600-1815: Search for a Reasonable World

Lisa Rosner, Professor Lisa Rosner, John Theibault - 2000 - 450 pągines
...pirate life. The seaman's life was in any case hard. The English writer Samuel Johnson quipped that "no man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into jail, for being in a ship is being in a jail with the chance of being drowned. ... A man in jail has...
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A Beginner's Guide to Critical Reading: An Anthology of Literary Texts

Richard Jacobs - 2001 - 481 pągines
...(Chapman, 1962, pp. 288-9) Nor was Johnson very inclined to romanticise the lives of soldiers and sailors. 'No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough...being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned ... A man in a jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company' (Boswell, 1979, p. 86)....
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The Military Quotation Book: More Than 1,200 of the Best Quotations About ...

James Charlton - 2002 - 182 pągines
...it is not the least of these necessary hardships to have to serve with sailors. BERNARD MONTGOMERY No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough...being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned. A man in jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company. SAMUEL JOHNSON SOLDIERS Men...
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