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" Why, Dr. Johnson, this is not so easy as you seem to think; for if you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like WHALES. "
The Life of Samuel Johnson: Comprehending an Account of His Studies and ... - Pagina 219
door James Boswell - 1822
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The Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith - 1853 - 176 pagina’s
...himself: see an instance given on the subject of writing fables in character, when he tells Johnson, •If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like vhales.' — 1>. vol. ii. p. 220. more foolish when he had not a pen in his hand, nor more wise when...
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A History of the Earth, and Animated Nature

Oliver Goldsmith - 1854 - 998 pagina’s
...fishes." Just then, observing that Dr. Johnson was shaking his sides and laughing, he immediately added, " why, Dr. Johnson, this is not so easy as you seem...little fishes talk, they would talk like whales." * The following is given by Boswell, as an instance of robust sophistry : — " Once, when I was pressing...
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The Works of Oliver Goldsmith: With a Life and Notes, Volume 1

Oliver Goldsmith - 1854
...he observed Johnson shaking his sides with laughter ; upon which he smartly proceeded, " Why, Doctor Johnson, this is not so easy as you seem to think...little fishes talk, they would talk like WHALES."* At another time, f when he and Johnson were in Westminster Abbey, the former observed, " Forsi tan...
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The Complete Poetical Works of William Collins, Thomas Gray, and Oliver ...

William Collins - 1854 - 166 pagina’s
...sides and roll about with laughter. The comment of Goldsmith was inimitably apt and telling. " Why, Mr. Johnson, this is not so easy as you seem to think...little fishes talk, they would talk like WHALES." He was excitable, and, when excited, destitute of self control. This temperament brought him into numerous...
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The Life and Times of Oliver Goldsmith, Volume 2

John Forster - 1854
...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...little fishes talk, they would talk like WHALES."* This was giving Johnson what Garrick called a forcible " versible ; " and Dryden describes his own...
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Biographical sketch. Poetical extracts. Miscellaneous essays. From The bee ...

Washington Irving - 1858
...fishes." Just then observing that Dr. Johnson was shaking his sides and laughing, he immediately added, " Why, Dr. Johnson, this is not so easy as you seem...fishes talk, they would talk like whales." Johnson, in fact, was spoiled by being the oracle of the circle in which he moved. He talked as he wrote, for...
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1774-1780.-

Earl Philip Henry Stanhope Stanhope - 1858
...chanced to be discussing the composition of fables, Goldsmith cried, with equal truth and aptness, " Why, Dr. Johnson, this is not so easy as you " seem to think ; for, if you had to write a fable upon " fishes, you would make all your little fishes talk like "whales!"* As poets...
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Life of Johnson: Including Their Tour to the Hebrides

James Boswell - 1860 - 874 pagina’s
...birds. The skill," continued he, " consists in making them talk like little fishes." While he indulged himself in this fanciful reverie, he observed Johnson...little fishes talk, they would talk like WHALES." " Glow-worm * lying in the garden saw a candle in a neighbouring palace, — and complained of the...
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THE COMPLETE POETICAL WORKS OF WILLIAM COLINS, THOMAS GRAY AND OLIVER GOLDSMITH

EPES SARGENT - 1860
...sides and roll about with laughter. The comment of Goldsmith was inimitably apt and telling. " Why, Mr. Johnson, this is not so easy as you seem to think...little fishes talk, they would talk like WHALES." He was excitable, and, when excited, destitute of self control. This temperament brought him into numerous...
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The Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith With a Life

Thomas Babington Macaulay - 1862
...birds. The skill (continued he) consists in making them talk like little fishes.' While he indulged himself in this fanciful reverie, he observed Johnson...little fishes talk, they would talk like whales.', During this argument, Goldsmith sat in restless agitation, from a wish to get in and shine. Finding...
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