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Heads I win

Heads I win, tails you lose, to the never mind, When to draw the line. — Draw The Line, Aerosmith The rhetorical device, or Greek figure of speech, is autophasia.  Autophasia is extremely similar to a catch 22, where either way, you’re … Continue reading

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Take me drunk

Take me drunk, I’m home. –Any American ever drunk The Greek figure and/or rhetorical device is anastrophe, as revealed by the switching of the word order. See and read about this quote and others at UKY.edu. Click a tag below … Continue reading

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It’s better to have it

It is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. –Woodrow Call (actor Tommy Lee Jones) The Greek figure and/or rhetorical device is antimetabole, as the have-need-need-have creates an obvious ABBA pattern … Continue reading

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Blind leading blind

The blind leading the blind. The Greek figure, or rhetorical device, is epanalepsis, because the blind is the first and last thought with words in between. See this quote and others at Quote/CounterQuote.com.  Interesting site.  Interesting slant on presenting and … Continue reading

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Having ego so close

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. –Colin Powell The Greek figure and/or rhetorical device is antimetabole, as the ego-position-position-ego creates an obvious ABBA pattern using the exact … Continue reading

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Begin to lie

The moment a man talks to his fellows he begins to lie. –Hilaire Belloc The Greek figure, or rhetorical device, at play is autophasia, can’t not talk, thereby falling victim to the fate of lying.  And, maybe the author is lying when he says … Continue reading

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Between two evils

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before. –Mae West The persuasive element at play is reframing, particularly, reframing not making the same mistake twice. I found this quote and other great ones at FamousNiceQuotes.blogspot.com. Click a … Continue reading

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Major Minor difference

A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles. –Mignon McLaughlin The persuasive element is enantiosis, as major and minor are opposites and seemingly contradict each other in this quote. It’s a literary juxtaposition. I great quotes with great … Continue reading

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schadenfreude?

A humorist is a person who feels bad, but who feels good about it. –Don Herold The persuasive element is enantiosis, as feel good and feel bad are opposites and seemingly contradict each other in this quote.  It’s a literary … Continue reading

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I’m serious, this is a joke

A joke is a very serious thing. –Winston Churchill The Greek figure, or rhetorical device, is enantiosis,better known as juxtaposition.  The seeming contradiction of anything about a joke being funny is at the center of the enantiosis.  See this quote and … Continue reading

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