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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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Papers on Popular Education and School-keeping

Robert Sullivan - 1863 - 252 pagina’s
...birds. The ski]],' continued he, 'consists in making them talk like little fithes: While he indulged himself in this fanciful reverie, he observed Johnson...easy as you seem to think ; for if you were to make littie Jishet talk, they would talk like WHALES.' "* Now, to apply this illustration to the rule before...
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Irving's Works, Volume 9

Washington Irving - 1864
...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." But though Goldsmith suffered frequent mortifications in society from the overbearing, and sometimes...
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The British Poets

1865
...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 eat in restless agitation, from a wish to get in and shine. Finding...
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Friends' Quarterly Examiner, Volume 11

1877
...like little fishes." Whereupon, observing Johnson shaking his sides with laughter, he smartly added, "Why, Dr. Johnson, this is not so easy as you seem...little fishes talk, they would talk like whales!" The writings of the Taylor family brought them into contact with many literary celebrities. One of...
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The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith - 1869 - 695 pagina’s
...talk like little fishes," Johnson's laughter roused him. " Why, Dr. Johnson," he proceeded smartly, " this is not so easy as you seem to think ; for, if...little fishes talk, they would talk like whales." Again, these two often-quoted sayings about Johnson are Goldsmith's : "There is no arguing with Johnson;...
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The miscellaneous works of Oliver Goldsmith, with beiogr. intr. by prof. [D ...

Oliver Goldsmith - 1869
...talk like little fishes," Johnson's laughter roused him. " Why, Dr. Johnson," he proceeded smartly, " the solid worth of self-applause. To men of other...flies, Embosom 'd in the deep where Holland lies. M A|ain, these two often-quoted sayings about Johnson are Goldsmith's : "There is no nguing with Johnson...
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The Literary World, Volumes 1-2

1870
...point he observed Johnson shaking his sides and laughing, whereupon he made this homethrust. 'Why, Mr. Johnson, this is not so easy as you seem to think...make little fishes talk, they would talk like WHALES. '" The present edition is profusely and beautifully illustrated; the tables of contents in each volume...
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New Outlook, Volume 61

1899
...fables— the skill demanded in making, say, little fishes talk as they should. " Why, Dr. Johnson, if you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales." He was prepared to see Dr. Johnson's rule for conversation given the place of honor in the Compendium...
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History of English Literature, Volume 2

Hippolyte Taine - 1871
...biography or essay, he always keeps the same tone. ' Dr. Johnson,' Goldsmith said one day to him, ' if you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales.' r In fact, his phraseology rolls always in solemn and majestic periods, in which every substantive...
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History of English literature, tr. by H. van Laun, Volume 2

Hippolyte Adolphe Taine - 1871
...biography or essay, he always keeps the same tone. ' Dr. Johnson,' Goldsmith said one day to him, ' if you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales.' 7 In fact, his phraseology rolls always in solemn and majestic periods, in which every substantive...
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