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 using the exact same words (which distinguishes it from a chiasmus.)

This is, also, a snoclone.  It’s a snoclone of “Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.” -Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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