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1. "The best we can do, to paraphrase Pollan, is to eat whole foods, mostly plants, and not too much."
Author: A. J. Jacobs
2. "For good-intentioned people making decisions, there's no such thing as a bad choice. So it doesn't matter what you choose. Choose something, then deliberately line up with the choice you make. This is the art of alignment and allowing. (paraphrased)"
Author: Abraham Hicks
3. "To knot a sentence up properly, it has to be thought out carefully, and revised. New phrases have to be put in; sudden changes of subject must be introducted; verbs must be shifted to unsuspected localities; short words must be excised with ruthless hand; archaisms must be sprinkled like sugar-plums upon the concoction; the fatal human tendency to say things straightforwardly must be detected and defeated by adroit reversals; and, if a glimmer of meaning yet remain under close scrutiny, it must be removed by replacing all the principal verbs by paraphrases in some dead language."
Author: Aleister Crowley
4. "... that when you're buying books, you're optimistically thinking you're buying the time to read them.(Paraphrase of Schopenhauer)"
Author: Arthur Schopenhauer
5. "I will not die, it's the world that will end."paraphrase of unknown philosopher"
Author: Ayn Rand
6. "Before, prior to. There is no difference between these two except length and a certain affectedness on the part of 'prior to.' To paraphrase Bernstein, if you would use 'posterior to' instead of 'after,' then by all means use 'prior to' instead of 'before."
Author: Bill Bryson
7. "For Schwartz this formed the paradox at the heart of baseball, or football, or any other sport. You loved it because you considered it an art: an apparently pointless affair, undertaken by people with special aptitude, which sidestepped attempts to paraphrase its value yet somehow seemed to communicate something true or even crucial about The Human Condition. The Human Condition being, basically, that we're alive and have access to beauty, can even erratically create it, but will someday be dead and will not.Baseball was an art, but to excel at it you had to become a machine. It didn't matter how beautifully you performed SOMETIMES, what you did on your best day, how many spectacular plays you made. You weren't a painter or a writer--you didn't work in private and discard your mistakes, and it wasn't just your masterpieces that counted."
Author: Chad Harbach
8. "There is a huge trapdoor waiting to open under anyone who is critical of so-called 'popular culture' or (to redefine this subject) anyone who is uneasy about the systematic, massified cretinization of the major media. If you denounce the excess coverage, you are yourself adding to the excess. If you show even a slight knowledge of the topic, you betray an interest in something that you wish to denounce as unimportant or irrelevant. Some writers try to have this both ways, by making their columns both 'relevant' and 'contemporary' while still manifesting their self-evident superiority. Thus—I paraphrase only slightly—'Even as we all obsess about Paris Hilton, the people of Darfur continue to die.' A pundit like (say) Bob Herbert would be utterly lost if he could not pull off such an apparently pleasing and brilliant 'irony."
Author: Christopher Hitchens
9. "If we allow ourselves to be misled by the heresy of paraphrase, we run the risk of doing even more violence to the internal order of the poem itself. By taking the paraphrase as our point of stance, we misconceive the function of metaphor and meter. We demand logical coherences where they are sometimes irrelevant, and we fail frequently to see imaginative coherences on levels where they are highly relevant."
Author: Cleanth Brooks
10. "The law is too important to be left to the lawyers, to paraphrase Georges Clemenceau about war and generals. We laymen know too little about our Constitution and think too superficially about its influence on the qualities of American life. Civic duty requires more."
Author: David K. Shipler
11. "Don't give in to doubt. Never be discouraged if your first draft isn't what you thought it would be. Given skill and a story that compels you, muster your determination and make what's on the page closer to what you have in your mind. The chances are that you'll never make them identical. That's one reason I'm still hitting the keyboard. Obsessed by the secrets of my past, I try to put metaphorical versions of them on the page, but each time, no matter how honest and hard my effort, what's in my mind hasn't been fully expressed, compelling me to keep trying. To paraphrase a passage from John Barth's "Lost in the Funhouse," I'll die telling stories to myself in the dark. But there's never enough time. There was never enough time."
Author: David Morrell
12. "A leopard never stretches, yet it is powerful, fast, adaptable, stealthy... badass - paraphrased from Kelly Starrett"
Author: Deepak 'The Fitness Doc' Hiwale
13. "This indignation builds up an accumulation of anger over the many ways I am being reminded by the system then and now of my inferiority. This gradual anger over one humiliation after another may be hard for men to understand and even women who have not had the need to seek redress from perpetrators and who have been allowed to grow as I did in my youth unhindered, protected from male dominated themes like the military."47 (47 - paraphrased from Gurko, Miriram, The Ladies of Seneca Falls; the Birth of the Women's Rights Movement, 1974."
Author: Diane Chamberlain
14. "(paraphrased from Tim Powers) "My style might seem awkward, but I'm only trying to write down the things in the scene that I think the reader should know."
Author: Ernest Hemingway
15. "Another quote--I shall have to paraphrase again (since I don't have the book) but it went something like:"For all of us who lived in Paris; we will never forget it because Paris is a moveable feast"
Author: Ernest Hemingway
16. "Her life was the significant pause between two glances in a mirror." ( paraphrased from The Beautiful and Damned")"
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
17. "The Aeon is a child at play with colored balls.(translation/paraphrase: Terence McKenna)"
Author: Heraclitus
18. "You can have everything in the world, but if you don't have love, none of it means crap," he said promptly. "Love is patient. Love is kind. Love always forgives, trusts, supports, and endures. Love never fails. When every star in the heavens grows cold, and when silence lies once more on the face of the deep, three things will endure: faith, hope, and love." And the greatest of these is love," I finished. "That's from the Bible." First Corinthians, chapter thirteen," Thomas confirmed. "I paraphrased. Father makes all of us memorize that passage. Like when parents put those green yucky-face stickers on the poisonous cleaning products under the kitchen sink."
Author: Jim Butcher
19. "To read a poem with no thought in mind but to paraphrase it into a single, simple and usually high-minded prose statement is the destruction of poetry."
Author: John Ciardi
20. "I'm going to paraphrase Thoreau here... rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness... give me truth."
Author: Jon Krakauer
21. "Scrawled in the album's white space, in an angry deeply-pushed biro that indented even the next page, were some words paraphrased from Tennyson's Locksley Hall: I'm mad.She bears but bitter fruit.She never loved me.Love is love forever more.Fucking traitorous bitch.The last three words were purely Alex's addition."
Author: Karl Drinkwater
22. "When your life has an expiration date, you don't have time to be negative. (Paraphrased from Kresley Cole's book "Lothaire")"
Author: Kresley Cole
23. "The secret, if one may paraphrase a savage vocabulary, lies in the egg of night."
Author: Loren Eiseley
24. "To paraphrase Forrest Gump, "Ugly is, as Ugly does!"
Author: Lorene Stunson Hill
25. "To paraphrase Shakespeare's Polonius, you sometimes have to get your hands a little dirty to set things straight."
Author: Lynn Steward
26. "When I listen to you, Godwhen I do what you ask me to,I am like a treeplanted by a river,a tree full of fruitwith leaves that are always green. Ps 1(paraphrased)"
Author: Marie Helene Delval
27. "To paraphrase Paul, God often uses the cheesy to confound the sophisticated. He regularly honors those who are confused about his leading as if they have nailed it."
Author: Mark Galli
28. "An unexamined idea, to paraphrase Socrates, is not worth having and a society whose ideas are never explored for possible error may eventually find its foundations insecure."
Author: Mark Van Doren
29. "There's a certain arrogance to an actor who will look at a script and feel like, because the words are simple, maybe they can paraphrase it and make it better."
Author: Mary Steenburgen
30. "To paraphrase Woody Allen in Annie Hall, love was too weak a word for what I felt for that tiny crying creature who had my eyes, my mouth, my hair. I lurved my daughter, my Ava. I looved her. I lurfed her."
Author: Melissa Senate
31. "The authority of the Scriptures does not depend on the decision of the church or the individual to validate it. To paraphrase the Westminster Confession, we receive it as the word of God because of what it is, not because of what we make of it."
Author: Michael S. Horton
32. "Where commerce and capitalism are invloved, often times, morality and honor sink to the bottom-Oliver Goldsmith paraphrased"
Author: Oliver Goldsmith
33. "To paraphrase Nietzsche: 'That which doesn't kill us, sometimes makes us wish it had."
Author: Oran Kangas
34. "There's no clear water from a muddy well. All you can do is let the silt settle until the water clears otherwise it will taste sour. (paraphrased)"
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
35. "The point isn't to win the game. The point is to play a beautiful game. (paraphrased)"
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
36. "A man sees what he wants to see and disregards the rest. - Paraphrased from The Boxer"
Author: Paul Simon
37. "But to paraphrase Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind, ignorance and mediocrity are forever busy, and the forces of mediocrity aren't content with being mediocre; they'll do everything in their power to prevent even the humblest of teachers and children from accomplishing anything extraordinary. For good work shines a light on the failures of the mediocre, and that is a light which terrifies those who conspire to keep our nation's children, like themselves, ordinary."
Author: Rafe Esquith
38. "When scriptures are used as the Lord has caused them to be recorded, they have intrinsic power that is not communicated when paraphrased."
Author: Richard G. Scott
39. "We are kind people in an unkind world, to paraphrase Wallace Stevens. How do you pretend you don't know about it, after you see it? How do you go back to acting like you don't need it? How do you even the score and walk off a free man? You can't. I found myself forced to let go of all sorts of independence I thought I had, independence I had spent years trying to cultivate. That world was all gone, and now I was a supplicant, dependent on the mercy of other people's psychic hearts."
Author: Rob Sheffield
40. "To paraphrase science writer John D. Barrow … we know they are impossible and yet we can imagine them anyway. Our brains, it turns out, are not prisoners of the world we live in; we can fly free! We can, any time we like, create the impossible."
Author: Robert Krulwich
41. "To paraphrase Oedipus, Hamlet, Lear, and all those guys, "I wish I had known this some time ago."
Author: Roger Zelazny
42. "To paraphrase several sages: Nobody can think and hit someone at the same time."
Author: Susan Sontag
43. "True art selects and paraphrases, but seldom gives a verbatim translation."
Author: Thomas Bailey Aldrich
44. "They are approaching now a lengthy brick improvisation, a Victorian paraphrase of what once, long ago, resulted in Gothic cathedrals—but which, in its own time, arose not from any need to climb through the fashioning of suitable confusions toward any apical God, but more in a derangement of aim, a doubt as to the God's actual locus (or, in some, as to its very existence), out of a cruel network of sensuous moments that could not be transcended and so bent the intentions of the builders not on any zenith, but back to fright, to simple escape, in whatever direction, from what the industrial smoke, street excrement, windowless warrens, shrugging leather forests of drive belts, flowing and patient shadow states of the rats and flies, were saying about the chances for mercy that year."
Author: Thomas Pynchon
45. "There was room for them. A great deal of Italy, back then, was forest. Where man goes, trees die; or, to paraphrase Tacitus, we make a desert and call it progress."
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
46. "To read is to translate, for no two persons' experiences are the same. A bad reader is like a bad translator: he interprets literally when he ought to paraphrase and paraphrases when he ought to interpret literally."
Author: W.H. Auden
47. "Lunar Paraphrase"The moon is the mother of pathos and pity.When, at the wearier end of November,Her old light moves along the branches,Feebly, slowly, depending upon them;When the body of Jesus hangs in a pallor,Humanly near, and the figure of Mary,Touched on by hoar-frost, shrinks in a shelterMade by the leaves, that have rotted and fallen;When over the houses, a golden illusionBrings back an earlier season of quietAnd quieting dreams in the sleepers in darkness—The moon is the mother of pathos and pity."
Author: Wallace Stevens

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