I am trying to implement a quote in my text, but the quote has a different author than the author of the book. Can I simply cite the book, and not the original author? Is it a way to cite the "correct" author in a quote, without adding to bibliography?

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    How about adding a footnote, including the author name, to the end of the quote?
    – user78499
    Commented May 30, 2018 at 4:59
  • Your setup isn't entirely clear. Is it, say, that person A (the author of a book) quotes some (presumably unpublished) statement by person B?
    – Mico
    Commented May 30, 2018 at 5:06
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    I would cite the original author, but then mark it as cited in … the book you've consulted. You need to do this, since you have not actually checked the original quote and the quote might be wrong or used out of context. I would always try and source the original quote if possible. Expample: \cite[A. N. Author as cited in][56]{bookkey} Commented May 30, 2018 at 5:31
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    Related: tex.stackexchange.com/q/27964/35864
    – moewe
    Commented May 30, 2018 at 6:46
  • Any news here? It is not entirely clear to me what you want to do. As it stands right now your question is a duplicate of the question I linked above.
    – moewe
    Commented Jun 1, 2018 at 9:45

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My suggestion is to attribute the quote to the original author, but mark it as quoted in or cited in whatever source you consulted. biblatex includes the quotedin string for this purpose.


  author = {Packer, J. I.},
  title = {Among God's Giants},
  subtitle = {The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life},
  location = {Eastbourne},
  publisher = {Kingsway},
  date = {1991}
  Richard Baxter writes
  \blockcquote[\bibstring{quotedin}][91]{packer:1991}[.]{If heaven be too high
  for you to think on, and to provide for, it will be too high for you ever to

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