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 in the money and they are S.O.L.

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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.

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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 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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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.

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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 same words (which distinguishes it from a chiasmus.)

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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 this.

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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.

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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.

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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 juxtaposition.

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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. 

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