Paraphrasing Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old paraphrasing quotes, paraphrasing sayings, and paraphrasing proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Paraphrase, in the sense of summary, is as indispensable to the novel-critic as close analysis is to the critic of lyric poetry. The natural deduction is that novels are paraphrasable whereas poems are not. But this is a false deduction because close analysis is itself a disguised form of paraphrase.     

David Lodge