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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 Sixth Reader of the Popular Series

Marcius Willson - 1882 - 544 pagina’s
...does in Pope. Art cannot be more consummate, nor nature more forced." Said Goldsmith to him one day, "If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales." An instance of Johnson's stately style, supported by elevated sentiment and pointed morality, may be...
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Short Sayings of Great Men: With Historical and Explanatory Notes

Samuel Arthur Bent - 1882 - 610 pagina’s
..."were it not for his bow-wow way." — Ibid., 1775. Goldsmith himself once said to the lexicographer, " If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk- like whales." — Ibid., 1773. pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt-end of it" When asked who was...
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Characteristics

Addison Peale Russell - 1883 - 362 pagina’s
...and to shake with laughter ; when Goldsmith broke in upon his entertainment by saying, " Why, Doctor Johnson, this is not so easy as you seem to think...little fishes talk, they would talk like whales." An American lady was so charmed at one time by his conversation that she could not help exclaiming,...
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The vicar of Wakefield, with a memoir of Goldsmith by prof. Masson

Oliver Goldsmith - 1883
...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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Churchman, Volume 7

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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English Language and Literary Criticism: English prose

James Baldwin - 1883
...was so impressed with this peculiarity of his friend that he one day remarked to him : " Dr. Johnson, if you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales." In fact, says M. Taine, "his phraseology rolls ever in solemn and majestic periods, in which every...
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Johnsoniana: Life, Opinions, and Table-talk of Doctor Johnson

Samuel Johnson - 1884 - 319 pagina’s
...birds. The skill," continued ht;, " 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." The English Roscius having been mentioned, Johnson observed of him : " Garrick's conversation is gay...
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The Enchiridion of Wit: The Best Specimens of English Conversational Wit

Enchiridion - 1885 - 279 pagina’s
...consists in making them talk like little fishes." While he indulged himself in this fanciful revery, he observed Johnson shaking his sides and laughing....make little fishes talk they would talk like whales." Rousing the Lion. One of the company at a supper, when Dr. Johnson was present, attempted, with too...
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The Works of Oliver Goldsmith: A New Ed. Containing Pieces ..., Volume 1

Oliver Goldsmith - 1885
...Beattie, &c. 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." l At another time,2 when he and Johnson were in Westminster Abbey, the former observed, " Forsitan...
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The Works of Oliver Goldsmith: Life of Goldsmith. Vicar of Wakefield. Essays ...

Oliver Goldsmith - 1884
...Beattie, &c. 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,2 when he and Johnson were in Westminster Abbey, the former observed, " Forsitan...
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