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" For instance, (said he), the fable of the little fishes, who saw birds fly over their heads, and envying them, petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds. The skill (continued he,) consists in making them talk like little fishes. "
The Calcutta Review - Page v
1849
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Acme Library of Standard Biography: Third Series

Authors, English - 1880 - 541 pages
...Goldsmith admired the skill with which the little fishes in the fable were made to talk in character. " Why, Dr. Johnson, this is not so easy as you seem to think," was the retort, " for if you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales." In spite...
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Mahomet and his successors

Washington Irving - 1882
...fishes." Just then observing that Dr. Johnson was shaking his sides and laughing, he immediately added, " n @ n n it you were to make little hshes talk, they would talk like whales." But though Goldsmith suffered...
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THE CHURCHMAN

CERGYMEN AND LAYMEN OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND - 1883
...he observed Johnson shaking his sides and laughing, whereupon he made this home-thrust: " Why, Mr. Johnson, this is not so easy as you seem to think ; for if yon were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales." On one occasion they had at supper,...
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The Enchiridion of Wit: The Best Specimens of English Conversational Wit

William Shepard Walsh - English wit and humor - 1885 - 279 pages
...instance," said he, " the fable of the little fishes, who saw birds fly over their heads, and, envying them, petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds. The skill,"...fishes." While he indulged himself in this fanciful revery, he observed Johnson shaking his sides and laughing. Upon which he smartly proceeded, " Why,...
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The Works of Oliver Goldsmith: Life of Goldsmith. Vicar of Wakefield. Essays ...

Oliver Goldsmith - 1884
...birds fly over their heads, and, envying them, petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds : the skill consists in making them talk like little fishes." While he indulged himself in these speculations, he observed 1 Boswell's ' Life of Johnson, vol. vii., p. 85. 2 Dr. Johnson. See...
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Golden friendships: sketches of the lives and characters of friends

F L. Clarke - 1884
...Goldsmith admired the skill with which the little fishes in the fable were made to talk in character. "Why, Dr, Johnson, this is not so easy as you seem to think," was the retort, "for if you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales." And so most...
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The Works of Oliver Goldsmith: Life of Goldsmith. Vicar of Wakefield. Essays ...

Oliver Goldsmith - 1885
...birds fly over their heads, and, envying them, petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds : the skill consists in making them talk like little fishes." While he indulged himself in these speculations, he observed 1 Boswell's ' Life of Johnson, vol. vii., p. 85. 2 Dr. Johnson. See...
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The Works of Oliver Goldsmith: Life. Vicar of Wakefield. Essays. Letters

Oliver Goldsmith - 1885
...birds fly over their heads, and, envying them, petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds : the skill consists in making them talk like little fishes." While he indulged himself in these speculations, he observed ' ' Boswell's ' Life of Johnson, vol. vii., p. 85. * Dr. Johnson. See...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Together with A Journal of a ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - Authors, English - 1888
...instance, (said he,) the fable of the little fishes, who saw birds fly over their heads, and envying them, petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds. The skill...little fishes." While he indulged himself in this " I regretted that Dr. Johnson never took the trouble to study a question which interested nations....
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The Essays of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson - 1888 - 346 pages
...their heads, and envying them, petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds. The skill,' he continued, ' consists in making them talk like little fishes.' While he indulged himself in this fanciful review, he observed Johnson shaking his sides, and laughing. Upon which he smartly proceeded, ' Why,...
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