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Give us this day our daily bread.
Synecdoche
Brazil won the soccer match.
Synecdoche
"When I give, I give myself."
(Walt Whitman)
Anadiplosis
"At six o'clock we were waiting for coffee,
waiting for coffee and the charitable crumb . . ."
(Elizabeth Bishop, "A Miracle for Breakfast")
Anadiplosis
"Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task."
(Henry James)
Anadiplosis
"The laughter had to be gross or it would turn to sobs, and to sob would be to realize, and to realize would be to despair."
(Howard Griffin, Black Like Me)
Anadiplosis
"The land of my fathers. My fathers can have it."
(Dylan Thomas on Wales)
Anadiplosis
"Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you."
Anadiplosis
"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."
(Rick Blaine in Casablanca)
Anaphora
"I'm not afraid to die. . . . I'm not afraid to live. I'm not afraid to fail. I'm not afraid to succeed. I'm not afraid to fall in love. I'm not afraid to be alone. I'm just afraid I might have to stop talking about myself for five minutes."
(Kinky Friedman, When the Cat's Away)
Anaphora
"I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dryrot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time."
(Jack London)
Antithesis
"Everybody doesn't like something, but nobody doesn't like Sara Lee."
(advertising slogan)
Antithesis
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
(Martin Luther King, Jr., speech at St. Louis, 1964)
Antithesis
"You're easy on the eyes
Hard on the heart."
(Terri Clark)
Antithesis
"All the joy the world contains
Has come through wishing happiness for others.
All the misery the world contains
Has come through wanting pleasure for oneself."
(Shantideva)
Antithesis
"The more acute the experience, the less articulate its expression."
(Harold Pinter)
Antithesis
"I flee who chases me, and chase who flees me."
(Ovid)
Chiasmus
"Fair is foul, and foul is fair."
(William Shakespeare, Macbeth I.i)
Chiasmus
"Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good."
(Samuel Johnson)
Chiasmus
"The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order."
(Alfred North Whitehead)
Chiasmus
"I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me."
(Winston Churchill)
Chiasmus
"The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults."
(Peter De Vries)
Chiasmus
"Don't sweat the petty things--and don't pet the sweaty things."
(anonymous)
Chiasmus
"Never let a fool kiss you--or a kiss fool you."
(anonymous)
Chiasmus
• "My job is not to represent Washington to you, but to represent you to Washington."
(Barack Obama)
Chiasmus
"A knave, a rascal, an eater of broken meats; a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy worsted-stocking knave; a lily-livered, action-taking, whoreson, glass-gazing, super-serviceable, finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pander, and the son and heir to a mongrel bitch: one whom I will beat into clamorous whining if thou deni'st the least syllable of thy addition."
(William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of King Lear, II.2)
Invective
"Curse the blasted, jelly-boned swines, the slimy, the belly-wriggling invertebrates, the miserable sodding rotters, the flaming sods, the snivelling, dribbling, dithering, palsied pulse-less lot that make up England today. . . . God, how I hate them! God curse them, funkers. God blast them, wishwash. Extermine them, slime."
(D.H. Lawrence, letter to editor Edward Garnett)
Invective
"Well, of course, this is just the sort of blinkered philistine pig-ignorance I've come to expect from you non-creative garbage. You sit there on your loathsome spotty behinds squeezing blackheads, not caring a tinker's cuss for the struggling artist. You excrement, you whining hypocritical toadies with your colour TV sets and your Tony Jacklin golf clubs and your bleeding masonic secret handshakes. You wouldn't let me join, would you, you blackballing bastards. Well I wouldn't become a Freemason now if you went down on your lousy stinking knees and begged me."
(John Cleese in Monty Python's "The Architect Sketch")
Invective
"We are not amused."
(Attributed to Queen Victoria)
Litotes
"for life's not a paragraph
And death I think is no parenthesis"
(e.e. cummings, "since
Litotes
"O brawling love! O loving hate! . . .
O heavy lightness! serious vanity!
Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms!
Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health!
Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!
This love feel I, that feel no love in this."
(William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet)
Oxymoron
"That building is a little bit big and pretty ugly."
(James Thurber)
Oxymoron
• the expressions "act naturally," "original copy," "found missing," "alone together," "peace force," "definite possibility," "terribly pleased," "real phony," "ill health," "turn up missing," "jumbo shrimp," "alone together," "loose tights," "small crowd," and "clearly misunderstood"
Oxymoron
"Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater."
(William Hazlitt)
Ellipses
"There is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us, and not we, them."
(Virginia Woolf)
Ellipses