Category Archives: Famous Quotes

If it’s to be

If it’s to be, it’s up to me. — William H. Johnsen The rhetorical device and/or Greek figure used is rhyme, where you duplicate a sound in words, or parts of words. Also, from a persuasive stand point, it’s a … Continue reading

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Til We Have Faces

Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that’s the whole art and joy of words. — Til We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis … Continue reading

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Teeth or tails

Winter either bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail. — Proverb The persuasive element is selectional restriction violation as winter doesn’t literally have teeth or tails, therefore cannot bite or lash.  Even though, it’s not quite an anthropomorphism as the … Continue reading

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Savor a bad mood

I like these cold, gray winter days. Days like these let you savor a bad mood. — Bill Watterson The rhetorical device, or Greek figure, is syncrisis, because of the pattern of the close comparison through similarity with something else, … Continue reading

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Winter sass

Winter is nature’s way of saying, “Up yours.” — Robert Byrne The rhetorical figure, is snoclone. It’s a snoclone because it follows a familiar (yet elusive origin) pattern of “X is Y’s way of saying Z;” anthropomorphism due to the fact … Continue reading

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The world will know peace

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. –Jimi Hendrix The Greek figure and/or rhetorical device is antimetabole, as the power-love-love-power creates an obvious ABBA pattern using the exact same words (which distinguishes … Continue reading

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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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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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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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