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The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature; Being the ... - Page 281
by William James - 1902 - 534 pages
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Harry Joscelyn, Volume 1

Mrs. Oliphant (Margaret) - 1881
...the way to his cottage, and she would prepare a still sharper rod in pickle for Isaac later still. " As well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb," he repeated to himself. How those young fellows did talk ! and what could they have to talk about after...
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All the Year Round, Volume 35; Volume 55

Charles Dickens - Literary Criticism - 1885
...such small offences would naturally, one would think, suggest to other intending malefactors that they might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb — for a great crime as for a little one. Better luck, in 1507, had Emma Barefoot, a prisoner in gaol...
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William Charles Macready

William Archer - 1890 - 224 pages
...wait for him with a rod in pickle, would often tend to intensify his paroxysms while they lasted. " As well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb," he would think, or rather feel ; " since I am doomed to a fit of remorse, why not unpack my whole heart...
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The story of Francis Cludde

Stanley John Weyman - History - 1891 - 288 pages
...horse-stealing. And horse-stealing was a hanging matter. But I had done so much already that I felt 1 might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb. I was not sure that I had not incited to treason, and what was stealing a horse beside that? "I will...
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Macmillan's Magazine, Volume 69

David Masson, Sir George Grove, John Morley, Mowbray Morris - History - 1894
...the situation over his solitary breakfast-table the less it pleased him ; but he decided at last that he might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb, and that before writing the inevitable reply he would offer himself in due form to Miss Faunthorpe,...
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Old Virginia and Her Neighbours, Volume 2

John Fiske - Maryland - 1897
...had already proclaimed them rebels, and would hang them for signing any part of the agreement ; one might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb, and as for himself he was not going to be satisfied with half support. They must choose between Berkeley...
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An Account of the Voyage and Discovery which was Made in the South Sea ...

Gomez Hernandez Catoira - 1901
...days does it take the said Indians to perform this voyage ? 1 Though Chepo evidently considered that he might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb, most native traditions have some slight substratum of truth, and he may have been relating a garbled...
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The Adversaries of the Sceptic: Or, The Specious Present, a New Inquiry Into ...

Alfred Hodder - Skepticism - 1901 - 339 pages
...an illusion ; and still you do not feel ready to insist," — on the principle, apparently, that one might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb, — " that the partial evil is universal good."1 Nay, it seems that in matters of science we not only...
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The Historical Writings of John Fiske: Illustrated with Many Photogravures ...

John Fiske - United States - 1902
...had already proclaimed them rebels, and would hang them for signing any part of the agreement ; one might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb, and as for himself he was not going to be satisfied with half support. They must choose between Berkeley...
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