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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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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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How many different feet

Back feet Front feet Feet, feet, feet.  How many different feet you meet! –Dr. Seuss, The Foot Book The Greek figures, or rhetorical devices, used is antistrophe/epistrophe/epiphora, as in the repetition of the last word (feet) in successive clauses, or thoughts; epizeuxis for … Continue reading

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Left foot left foot

Left foot  Left foot Right foot Right –Dr. Seuss, The Foot Book The Greek figures, or rhetorical devices, used is palilogia, as in the repeating of the phrase left foot; epanalepsis used with the right foot right where the first … Continue reading

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The Foot Book

The Foot Book –Dr. Seuss, book title The Greek figure, or rhetorical device, is assonance, due to the foot and the book having the same vowel sound and being right next to each other “like a rhyme.” Are there more of … Continue reading

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Feet in the day

Feet in the day. Feet in the night. –Dr. Seuss, The Foot Book The Greek figures, or rhetorical devices, used is anaphora, as in the repetition of the first word in successive clauses, or thoughts; and isocolon for the repetition of … Continue reading

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Let’s check

… Maybe there’s something in Backpack to help us see when the sun is too bright. Let’s check. … –Dora the Explorer in Swim, Boots, Swim! The Greek figure, or rhetorical device, used is assonance, as the e in let’s … Continue reading

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