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" 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 ht;, " consists in making them talk like little fishes. "
The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies ... - Page 73
by James Boswell - 1807
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The Life and Adventures of Oliver Goldsmith: A Biography in Four Books, Volume 2

John Forster - 1848 - 704 pages
...Goldsmith were together one day, when the latter said that he thought he could write a good fable ; mentioned the simplicity which that kind of composition...petitioned ' Jupiter to be changed into birds. The skill,' he continued, 'consists in making them talk like little fishes.' At this point he observed Johnson...
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The Life and Adventures of Oliver Goldsmith: A Biography in Four Books, Volume 1

John Forster - 1848 - 704 pages
...Goldsmith were together one day, when the latter said that he thought he could write a good fable; mentioned the simplicity which that kind of composition...petitioned ' Jupiter to be changed into birds. The skill/ he continued, ' consists in making them talk like little fishes.' At this point he observed Johnson...
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Life and Adventures of Oliver Goldsmith

Joachim Fernau - 1848
...Goldsmith were together one day, when the latter said that he thought he could write a good fable ; mentioned the simplicity which that kind of composition...petitioned ' Jupiter to be changed into birds. The skill,' he continued, ' consists in making them talk like little fishes.' At this point he observed Johnson...
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Boswell's Life of Johnson: Including Their Tour to the Hebrides

James Boswell, John Wilson Croker - 1848 - 874 pages
...was in company with them one day, when Goldsmith said, that he thought he could write a good fable, elf wrote ; his Lordship having been pl'^j^d to communicate to me a copy of the following intro1 1 repretled that Dr. Johnson never took the trouble to study a Question which interested nations....
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The Calcutta Review, Volume 11

1849
...Goldsmith, in conversation with Dr. Johnson, was speculating on his own fitness for writing a good fable ; and observed that, in most fables, the animals introduced...who saw birds fly over their heads ; and, envying t lu- in, petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds." " The skill," continued he, " consists in making...
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The American Whig Review, Volume 10

1849
...peculiarities. Talking of fables, Goldsmith observed that the animale introduced in them seldom talked in character ; ' for instance,' said he, ' the fable...petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds ; the skill consists in making them talk like fish.' Just then observing that Dr. Johnson was shaking his sides...
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Works, Volume 7

Washington Irving - 1849
...peculiarities. Talking of fables, Goldsmith observed that the animals introduced in them .seldom talked in character. "For instance," said he, " the fable of the little fishes, who saw * The following is given by Boswell, as an instance of robust sophistry : — " Once, when I was pressing...
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Works, Volume 11

Washington Irving - 1851
...peculiarities. Talking of fables, Goldsmith observed that the animals introduced in them seldom talked in character. " For instance," said he, " the fable...petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds. The skill consists in making them talk like little fishes." Just then observing that Dr. Johnson was shaking...
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The life of Samuel Johnson. [Followed by] The journal of a tour to ..., Volume 2

James Boswell - 1851
...was in company with them one day, when Goldsmith said, that he thought he could write a good fable, mentioned the simplicity which that kind of composition...seldom talk in character. " For instance," said he, * I regretted that Dr. Johnson never took the trouhle to study a question which interested nations....
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The Works of Washington Irving: Oliver Goldsmith

Washington Irving - 1851
...introduced in them seldom talked in character. " For instance," said he, " the fable of the little fishe?. who saw birds fly over their heads, and, envying them,...petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds. The skill consists in making them talk like little fishes." Just then observing that Dr. Johnson was shaking...
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