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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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Longmans' School Composition

David Salmon - English language - 1890 - 305 pages
...instance \ said he/the fable of the little fishes who saw birds fly over their heads^nd envying them^ petitioned Jupiter to' be changed into birds. The...he observed Johnson shaking his sides and laughing. ' Why Dr. Johnson, this is not so easy as you seem to think for if you were to make little fishes talk...
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Longmans' School Composition

David Salmon - English language - 1890 - 305 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'...he observed Johnson shaking his sides and laughing. ' Why Dr. Johnson this is not so easy as you seem to think for if you were to make little fishes talk...
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From Chaucer to Tennyson: English Literature in Eight Chapters

Henry Augustin Beers - English literature - 1890 - 302 pages
...said he, '. the fable of the little fishes, who saw birds fly over their heads, aud, envying them, petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds. The skill,"...fanciful reverie, he observed Johnson shaking his sides aud laughing. Upon which he smartly proceeded, " Why, Dr. Johnson, this is not so easy as you seem...
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Miscellaneous Works

Oliver Goldsmith - 1893 - 695 pages
...talk like little fishes," Johnson's laughter roused him. " Why, Dr. Johnson," he proceeded smartly, " W e Y b c & whalts." Again, these two often-quoted sayings about Johnson are Goldsmith's: "There is no arguing...
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The Living Age ..., Volume 211

1896
...his contention that it was difficult to make little flslies in fables talk in character. "Why, Mr. Johnson, this Is not so easy as you seem to think;...if you were to make little fishes talk they would all talk like whales." The complementary difficulty of getting great whales to understand the prattle...
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Pozy, Volume 2

Everhardus Johannes Potgieter - Dutch poetry - 1899
...blaauw Der vlngt, waartoe zij zich bestemd gelooft, te naauw! „made this home thrust. „Why, Mr. JOHNSON, this is not so easy as „„you seem to think; for if yon were to muke liltle fishes talk, they „„would talk like Whales."" JOHN FORSTER, The Life and...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L. D.: Together with a Journal of a ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - 1900
...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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English Men of Letters: Pope, by Leslie Stephen, 1900; Johnson by Leslie ...

1900
...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." ID spite...
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The life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

James Boswell - Hebrides (Scotland) - 1901
...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,"...proceeded, " Why Dr. Johnson, this is not so easy as yon seem to think ; for if you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like WHALES." "Glow-worm1...
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Alexander Pope

Leslie Stephen - Poets, English - 1902 - 216 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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