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I can’t remember her exact words, but I can paraphrase what she said.
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  • I can’t remember her exact words, but I can paraphrase what she said.
  • To paraphrase Justice Hugo Black, I find no such provision in the Constitution but perhaps I have an old copy.
  • In many places this poem is only a paraphrase of the Bible.
    Marshall, H.E.  --  English Literature For Boys And Girls
  • He was the only person she ever knew who could paraphrase three authors into one sentence and have them all make sense.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • Here, paraphrased, is Ootek’s tale.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • In my own journal, at the beginning of the final part of my chronicle of Leslie Lapidus—a Passion Week, I realized later, which began on that palmy Sunday at Coney Island and ended with my time on the Cross in the small hours of Friday morning back on Pierrepont Street—I brooded at some length on Gide and paraphrased from memory a few of his exemplary thoughts and observations.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • But then again, to paraphrase Boris, maybe I see a pattern because it’s there.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • They didn’t have someone like my dad to provide them with factoids about every movie playing on cable, or my mom to paraphrase entire life biographies of Hollywood’s most awarded and acclaimed actors.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • The theory of the transference of the will of the people to historic persons is merely a paraphrase—a restatement of the question in other words.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • In some cases they couId be translated into Oldspeak, or even into words taken from the A vocabulary, but this usually demanded a long paraphrase and always involved the loss of certain overtones.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • Then all the other little girls recited a paraphrase.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • That wasn’t, to paraphrase Patrick earlier, what she had been going for.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • "And why, Mr. Jackson," Brunner said, "to paraphrase Miss Bobofit’s excellent question, does this matter in real life?"
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • O.C. Bible: a paraphrase with identical meaning.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • I appeared here myself playing piano duets with Andrzej Goldfeder, and had a great success with my paraphrase of the Casanova Waltz by Ludomir Rozycki, to words by Wladyslaw Szlengel.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Mortenson wrapped up the evening by paraphrasing one of his favorite quotations from Mother Teresa.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • She quoted Frost; she misquoted Stevens; she paraphrased Rilke’s description of love.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • With this verse he compares three texts: the Arabic verse which says, The winds of God blew; Flavius Josephus who says, A wind from above was precipitated upon the earth; and finally, the Chaldaic paraphrase of Onkelos, which renders it, A wind coming from God blew upon the face of the waters.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • To paraphrase Henry David Thoreau, thousands are hacking at the branches of the problem; few are working at the root.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Neither of the nuns was looking at the other but at their crucifixes, and suddenly I laughed and a verse I’d heard long ago at the Golden Day paraphrased itself in my mind: Bread and Wine, Bread and Wine, Your cross ain’t nearly so Heavy as mine . And the nuns rode on with lowered heads.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Poor Peggotty lifted up her hands and eyes, and only answered, in a sort of paraphrase of the grace I usually repeated after dinner, ’Lord forgive you, Mrs. Copperfield, and for what you have said this minute, may you never be truly sorry!’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He’d been calling the Reverend Gordon Groves of the Amity Harbor Lutheran Congregation to ask about the sermon topic for Sunday in order that he might paraphrase the reverend’s answer in his "At Our Island Churches" column, a weekly feature in the San Piedro Review that ran beside the Ana-cortes ferry schedule.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • "Ah, you’ve caught up yesterday’s phrase, which so offended Miuesov—and which Dmitri pounced upon so naively, and paraphrased!" he smiled queerly.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • I’d come with my notebooks ready to answer his questions with quotations and paraphrases.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • This security measure erased both the agent’s handwriting and, by the paraphrasing automatic to translation, any personal peculiarities of his language.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • He smiles, paraphrasing the punch line from the old joke about the kid who went through his entire life without uttering a word.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • She felt none of those ups and downs of spirit which beset so many people without cause; never—to paraphrase a recent poet—never a gloom in Elizabeth-Jane’s soul but she well knew how it came there; and her present cheerfulness was fairly proportionate to her solid guarantees for the same.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The style in which it was written was that curious jewelled style, vivid and obscure at once, full of argot and of archaisms, of technical expressions and of elaborate paraphrases, that characterises the work of some of the finest artists of the French school of Symbolistes.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The circumstances of the gathering, however, the rhythm of the songs, and the limitations of allowable thought, confined the poetry for the most part to single or double lines, and they seldom were expanded to quatrains or longer tales, although there are some few examples of sustained efforts, chiefly paraphrases of the Bible.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Our oath of office is administered by the Vice President, not by the Governors of our respective states; and we come to Washington, to paraphrase Edmund Burke, not as hostile ambassadors or special pleaders for our state or section, in opposition to advocates and agents of other areas, but as members of the deliberative assembly of one nation with one interest.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • a little mineralogical cabinet; and the specimens were all arranged and labelled, and the bits of stone and ore looked as though they might have been broken from the parent substances by those tremendously hard instruments their own names; and, to paraphrase the idle legend of Peter Piper, who had never found his way into their nursery, If the greedy little Gradgrinds grasped at more than this, what was it for good gracious goodness’ sake, that the greedy little Gradgrinds grasped it!
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • To paraphrase, age doth wither, as they say.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Our (paraphrased) conversation was: Me: "I took it apart, found the problem, and fixed it."
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • "And blessed are they that serve him!" the Egyptian answered, wondering at the paraphrase of his own exclamation.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • To paraphrase Osler, a nurse with book knowledge but without Sound Nursing Sense is like a sailor at sea in a seaworthy vessel but without map, sextant, or compass.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Mom used to quote her paraphrase of Isaiah 64:4 over and over to me, We haven’t even seen a God like ours who acts on behalf of the one who waits for Him.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • I am paraphrasing Einstein.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • Then, paraphrasing a favorite line from the popular play Cato by Joseph Addison—a line that General Washington, too, would often call upon—Adams told her, "We cannot insure success, but we can deserve it."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Or, as Steiner paraphrases Emmon Bach: These deep structures eventually lead to the actual patterning of the cortex with its immensely ramifIed yet, at the same time, ’programmed’ network of electrochemical and neurophysiological channels.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Earlier, his pride hurt that the less experienced Heath was to outrank him, Thomas had talked of resigning, until Washington sent an urgent plea in which, paraphrasing a line from his favorite play Cato, he said that in such a cause as they were engaged, "surely every post ought to be deemed honorable in which a man can serve his country."
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • # "It is not our function—paraphrasing a philosopher whom we do not like—to be a fly swatter, but when a fly acquires delusions of grandeur, the best of us must stoop to do a little job of extermination.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • 1958 is a close year"), poems and literary quotations ("No man is an island, Entire of itself), and passages for newspapers and books paraphrased or quoted.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • "As long as you’re a whole person," she says finally, paraphrasing something Bishop Long once said, "you have nothing to worry about.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • ’But there are more things in heaven and earth too than truth,’ he thinks, paraphrases, quietly, not quizzical, not humorous; not unquizzical and not humorless too.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • "I will repeat you a bad imitation, or rather paraphrase, of my own," said Jones; "for I am but an indifferent poet: ’Who would not die in his dear country’s cause?
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • He went on, paraphrasing, "When I was hungry, you fed me.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • I’m paraphrasing," he said easily, flipping his hand.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • I’m paraphrasing, of course," I say.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • Remember, there are plenty of fish in the barn," he added in a rather unusual paraphrase of Cesar’s advice.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • "Oh wise young man!’ retorted Hayward, with a smile which made Philip blush, for he felt that in putting into plain words what the other had expressed in a paraphrase, he had been guilty of vulgarity.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
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