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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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A drug called Charlie Sheen

I am on a drug, it’s called Charlie Sheen. — Charlie Sheen The rhetorical device and/or Greek figure used is anthimeria, where you take a word in one part of speech, like a noun (in this case, a proper noun) and … Continue reading

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Two and a Half Men

[creator Chuck Lorre is] a stupid, stupid little man and a pu**y punk that I never want to be like. — Charlie Sheen The rhetorical devices and/or Greek figures used are the figure of repetition epizeuxis for stupid stupid (battologia for … 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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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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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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