almost a quote from *** [acceptable?]


Hi, everyone! I wonder if I can say "This is almost a quote from ***" when I mean to say this is not an exact quote from the person, I just quoted the gist of what was said by that person. The usage seems bizarre to me. Just to make sure.

Thanks a lot for your help!
  • PaulQ

    English - England
    You can say it, but whether you would say it is a different matter. ;) I would say, "Lao Tse said words to the effect of ..." or "To paraphrase Lao Tse ..."

    As I see it, either their words are a quote or not a quote; there is no halfway point. It is black or white.
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