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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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Golden friendships: sketches of the lives and characters of friends

F L. Clarke - 1884 - 253 pagina’s
...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." And so most...
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The Works of Oliver Goldsmith: Life. Vicar of Wakefield. Essays. Letters

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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A Critical History of English Literature, Vol. 3, Volume 3

David Daiches - 1979 - 319 pagina’s
...for those who thought it difficult to make animal characters in a fable talk, and Goldsmith retorted: "This is not so easy as you seem to think; for if...little fishes talk, they would talk like WHALES." Another member of The Club (which became The Literary Club), whom Johnson particularly esteemed as...
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The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

Robert Andrews - 1989 - 343 pagina’s
...readers suffer so much. Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English author, lexicographer lo Mn. Sheridan If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales. Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) Anglo-Irish author to Dr. Johnson I portray men as they ought to be portrayed,...
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The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

Robert Andrews - 1993 - 1092 pagina’s
...DAHLBERC (1900-1977), US author, critic. Д/ms (or Oblivion, "Allen Tale, the Forlorn Demon" [19641. 4 If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales. OLIVER GOLDSMITH (1 728-7-1). Anglo-Irish auihor. poel. playwright. Quoted in: James Uoswdl, Life vf...
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Modern Manners: An Etiquette Book for Rude People

P. J. O'Rourke - 2007 - 280 pagina’s
...disconnected pop music performances, and dreadful late-night antidrug commercials on television. 9 If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales. — Oliver Goldsmith hy talk at all? How clever and original to be silent. No one does that. But talk...
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Oliver Goldsmith: The Critical Heritage

G. S. Rousseau - 1995 - 385 pagina’s
...the Little Fishes. Observing that Doctor Johnson •was laughing scornfully, he proceeded smartly; 'Why, Dr. Johnson, this is not so easy as you seem...little fishes talk, they would talk like whales.' . . . Goldsmith, amid these more petty labours, aspired to the honours of the sock, and the Goodnatured...
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Famous Lines: A Columbia Dictionary of Familiar Quotations

Robert Andrews - 1997 - 625 pagina’s
...Girl's Best Friend" (song), Gentleman Prefer Blondes (stage show 1 949; film 1953). Johnson, Samuel 1 If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales. OLIVER GOLDSMITH, (1728-1774) Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of...
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Life of Johnson

James Boswell - 1998 - 1492 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...variety of composition, never exercised his talents in table, except we allow his beautiful tale published in Mrs. Williams's Miscellanies to be of that species....
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Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes

Andre Bernard, Clifton Fadiman - 2000 - 800 pagina’s
...little fishes. Samuel Johnson was overcome by laughter. "Why, Dr. Johnson," said Goldsmith smartly, "this is not so easy as you seem to think, for if...make little fishes talk they would talk like WHALES." GOLDWATER, Barry [Morris], (1909-98), US politician. 1 Goldwater's family owned a department store...
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