I'm a voracious reader. I collect a multitude of quotes and article snippets. My reason for doing this is that I frequently find an idea expressed by an author that is precisely what I've had in my mind, but could never put into words. I collect these quotes to have my own library for future reference in my own conversations and writing.

What single word (up to three if necessary) could be used in place of "I could not have said it better myself?"

Example sentence:

When I read the article, the author expressed my thoughts so perfectly, I thought ______.

  • For some reason my clarification comment is not present. I found this question to follow for acceptable format: english.stackexchange.com/questions/431336/… Feb 25, 2018 at 22:40
  • I'm new to all this so forgive me for asking or placing a comment here that doesn't belong. Whoever entered the example sentence (in my explanation) is a mind-reader! Thank you. Feb 26, 2018 at 0:03
  • I sense self-referentiality. Feb 26, 2018 at 2:20
  • Scott, thanks for the comment. Should I delete all of my comments? Actually should I delete this question? It seems the hold has not been lifted even though I followed the exact language from other similar "single word that means a phrase" questions. I'll wait another day or two and delete the whole thing. Complete waste of time for the group and for a newbie if no guidance given to improve and create acceptable question. Mar 1, 2018 at 4:59
  • I was wondering whether my comment would be understood as the light-hearted observation that it was meant to be, or whether I needed to include a :-) smiley face.  I was noting that your question asked for a way of saying “I could not have said it better myself”, and then, when jimm101 wrote a sample sentence, you said, essentially, «I could not have said it better myself».  So, while referring to an example sentence, you gave an example sentence (except “you are a mind-reader!” is too many words). … (Cont’d) Mar 1, 2018 at 12:34

2 Answers 2

  • Well said!
  • My thought exactly!
  • You read my mind!
  • Ditto!

These are a few common expressions that came to mind.

  • I'm waiting until the "put on hold as primarily opinion-based" is removed, but I think "Well said!" is pretty close. I was hoping that a word like "precis" would exist for my sentence, but probably not. Feb 26, 2018 at 0:07
  • Same! (This is what my teen says a lot.)
    – Aster
    Feb 26, 2018 at 5:38

likewise Mer-Webster

“I'm pleased to meet you.” “Likewise.” [=I'm also pleased to meet you] [in a sentence]2

  • (1) Good for you, for linking to a dictionary definition.  But, in addition to linking to it, you should also quote the relevant part(s).  (2) “Likewise” means that B is similar to A, and, in the example you cited, can even be used as a shorthand for saying “Likewise, B.”  It doesn’t really mean, “Wow! I was thinking something along the lines of A, but you phrased it much better than I would have been able to.” Feb 25, 2018 at 19:34

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