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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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Boswell's Life of Johnson: Life (v.l, 1709-1765; v.2 1765-1776; v.3, 1776 ...

James Boswell - 1887
...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...fishes, who saw birds fly over their heads, and envying fhem, petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds. The skill (continued he,) consists in making them...
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The Essays of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson - 1888 - 346 pages
...company •with them one day, when Goldsmith said, that he thought that he could write a good fable, mentioned the simplicity which that kind of composition...animals introduced seldom talk in character. 'For instance,'said he, 'the fable of the little fishes, who saw birds fly over their heads, and envying...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, Volume 2

James Boswell - 1889
...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...fly over their heads, and, envying them, petitioned •Tupiter to be changed into birds. The skill," continued he, " consists in making them talk like...
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From Chaucer to Tennyson: English Literature in Eight Chapters

Henry Augustin Beers - 1890 - 302 pages
...of Milton thus: ' Milton, Mr. John.' " Goldsmith said that he thought he could write a good fable, mentioned the simplicity which that kind of composition...little fishes, who saw birds fly over their heads, aud, envying them, petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds. The skill," continued he, " consists...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson ... Comprising a Series of His Epistolary ...

James Boswell - 1890 - 526 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...of the little fishes, who saw birds fly over their While he indulged himself in this fanciful reverie, he observed Johnson shaking his sides, and laughing....
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The Life and Times of Oliver Goldsmith, Volume 2

John Forster - 1871
...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..."the fable of the little fishes who saw birds fly 41 over their heads, and, envying them, petitioned Jupiter to bo " changed into birds. The skill,"...
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Longmans' School Composition

David Salmon - 1890 - 305 pages
...day^when Goldsmith said.that he thought he could write a good fable mentioned the simplicity whicn that kind of composition requires, and observed that...most fables the animals introduced seldom talk in character^'for instance \ said he/the fable of the little fishes who saw birds fly over their heads^nd...
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Miscellaneous Works

Oliver Goldsmith - 1893 - 695 pages
...talk with Johnson and Reynolds, spoke of the difficulty of fable-writing, and gave as an instance " "As we received much reputation for our skill on this...natural for me to ascribe part of the success to While he was dilating on this and pointing out very earnestly that the skill consisted in "making them...
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From Chaucer to Tennyson: With Twenty-nine Portraits and Selections from ...

Henry Augustin Beers - 1894 - 313 pages
...of Milton thus: ' Milton, Mr. John.' " Goldsmith said that he thought he could write a good fable, mentioned the simplicity which that kind of composition...their heads, and, envying them, petitioned Jupiter to bo changed into birds. The skill," continued he, " consists in making them talk like little fishes."...
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From Chaucer to Tennyson: With Twenty-nine Portraits and Selections from ...

Henry Augustin Beers - 1894 - 313 pages
...name of Milton thus: ' Milton, Mr. John.'" Goldsmith said that he thought he could write a good fable, mentioned the simplicity which that kind of composition...character. " For instance," said he, ''the fable of tin; little fishes, who saw birds fly over their heads, and, envying them, petitioned Jupiter to be...
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