Epistrophe (eh-PISS-truh-FEE): Figure of repetition that occurs when the last word or set of words in one sentence, clause, or phrase is repeated one or more times at the end of successive sentences, clauses, or phrases.

Note: Also "Antistrophe"



"...and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

- Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address (here delivered by Jeff Daniels)

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"I said you're afraid to bleed. [As] long as the white man sent you to Korea, you bled. He sent you to Germany, you bled. He sent you to the South Pacific to fight the Japanese, you bled. You bleed for white people. But when it comes time to seeing your own churches being bombed and little black girls be[ing] murdered, you haven't got no blood."

-- Malcolm X, Message to the Grassroots

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"I have only a very brief opening statement. I welcome these hearings because of the opportunity that they provide to the American people to better understand why the tragedy of 9/11 happened and what we must do to prevent a reoccurrence. I also welcome the hearings because it is finally a forum where I can apologize to the loved ones of the victims of 9/11. To them who are here in the room, to those who are watching on television: Your government failed you; those entrusted with protecting you failed you; and I failed you. We tried hard, but that doesn't matter -- because we failed.

- Richard Clarke, Testimony before the 9/11 Commission

Richard Clarke 911 Comission

"The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divides [sic] us has come."

-- Nelson Mandela, Presidential Inaugural Address

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"Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."

-- delivered by George C. Scott (from the movie Patton)

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"Booze sold to a preacher or a high school girl has the same effect as when it's sold to an automobile thief, or a horse thief."

-- Billy Sunday, Booze

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"You have the luxury of not knowing what I know -- that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives, and my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives."

-- Jack Nicholson (from the movie A Few Good Men)

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"The minister who has been called by God, ordained by God, appointed by God, and anointed by God, is assumed guilty until proven innocent."

-- Ravi Zacharias

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"One thing that I learned about Jerry Falwell: Jerry knew how to welcome sinners. The New York Times this week called him one of the 'old lions' replaced by a 'new breed' of evangelicals. I pray to God that these new leaders will be the champions of these same values that made him controversial. You see, he believed in the Gospel -- that's controversial. He believed in the inerrancy of Scripture -- that's controversial. He believed in the sanctity of life; was against abortion -- that's controversial. He believed that the moral decay weakened the fabric of America -- that's controversial."

-- Franklin Graham - Remarks at the Memorial Service for Reverend Jerry Falwell

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"MacSwiney and his comrades gave up their lives for their country. Oh, God. They shall be alive forever. They shall be speaking forever. They shall be remembered forever. The people will hear them forever."

-- Eamonn DeValera. Recording of Memorial Address for Terence MacSwiney

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"Caesar has his province: there are laws which govern property, maritime law, fiscal law, theological law -- which determines the lengths of robes and so forth."

-- Timothy Leary, LSD: Methods of Control

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