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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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Life of Johnson, Volumes 1-2

James Boswell - Authors, English - 1904
...instance, (said he,) the fable of the little fishes, who saw birds fly over their heads, and envying them, by degrees be varied so as to be totally different...fidgeted at this, and ventured to say, 'Nay, this is too H you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like WHALES.' Johnson, though remarkable for...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson ...: Together with a Journal of a Tour ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - Authors, English - 1910
...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 Life of Samuel Johnson

James Boswell - Authors, English - 2008 - 1024 pages
...fable of the little fishes, who saw birds fly over their heads, and envying them, petitioned Jupiter to changed into birds. The skill (continued he), consists...like little fishes.' While he indulged himself in fanciful reverie, he observed Johnson shaking his sides, and laughing. Upon which he smartly proceeded,...
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Literary World, Volumes 1-3

1870
...point he observed Johnson shaking his sides and aughing, whereupon he made this homethrust. 'Why, Mr. Johnson, this is not so easy as you seem to think ; for if you were to iiake little fishes talk, they would talk like WHALES.'" The present edition is profusely and beautifully...
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