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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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I have no responsibility

“I have been told,” said the count, “that you do not always yourselves understand the signals you repeat.” “That is true, sir, and that is what I like best,” said the man, smiling. “Why do you like that best?” “Because … Continue reading

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Happier than other people

If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, and that’s almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are. –Charles de Secondat The persuasive element is … Continue reading

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