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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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Harper's Magazine, Volume 24

Henry Mills Alden, Frederick Lewis Allen, Lee Foster Hartman, Thomas Bucklin Wells - 1862
...truth of tho remark, and said it was just as easy as to write any thing else. Boswell instanced tho fable of the little fishes who saw birds fly over their heads, and said " the skill consisted in making them talk like little fishes, but if Dr. Johnson were to make...
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Papers on Popular Education and School-keeping

Robert Sullivan - 1863 - 252 pages
...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...them, petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds. The ski]],' continued he, 'consists in making them talk like little fithes: While he indulged himself in...
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Irving's Works: Oliver Goldsmith

Washington Irving - 1864
...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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The miscellaneous works of Oliver Goldsmith, with beiogr. intr. by prof. [D ...

Oliver Goldsmith - 1869
...talk with Johnson and Reynolds, spoke of the difficulty of fable-writing, and gave as an instance " Where my worn soul, each wandering hope at rest, May...my fellows blest. But where to find that happiest bads." While he was dilating on this and pointing out very earnestly that the skill consisted in "making...
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The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith - 1869 - 695 pages
...difficulty of fable-writing, and gave as an instance " the fable of the little fishes who saw bird: I a ؐ m> f n J > df ݑc +l'S \>жu -Ɛ̀ Y6#&E Z int> birds." While he was dilating on this and pointing out very earnestly that the skill consisted...
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The Literary World, Volumes 1-2

1870
...Goldsmith were together one day, wlren the latter said that he thought he could write a good fable ; mentioned the simplicity which that kind of composition...saw birds fly over their heads, and envying them, pelitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds. The skill,' he continued, 'consists in nmking them talk...
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Works of Washington Irving: Goldsmith

Washington Irving - 1870
...peculiarities. Talking of fables, Goldsmith observed that the animals introduced in them seldom talked in character. " For instance," said he, " the fable...their heads, and, envying them, petitioned Jupiter to oe changed into birds. The skill consists in making them talk like little fishes." Just then observing...
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John Heywood's new code readers. Standard 1-3, 5, 6

John Heywood (ltd.) - 1872
...company with them one day, when Goldsmith said that he thought he could write a good fable, mentioning the simplicity which that kind of composition requires, and observed that in most fables the animals seldom talk in character. "For instance," said he, "the fable of the little fishes who saw birds fly...
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The Life and Times of Oliver Goldsmith

John Forster - 1873 - 408 pages
...day, when the latter said that he thought he could write a good fable; mentioned the simplicity .vhich that kind of composition requires; and observed that...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 of Samuel Johnson

James Boswell - 1873 - 576 pages
...was in company with them one day, when GohUmith said, that he thought he could write a good fable, mentioned the simplicity which that kind of composition...the fable of the little fishes, who saw birds fly ever their heads, and, envying them, petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds. The skill,' continued...
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