|Polysyndeton (paulee-SIN-dih-tawn): Figure of addition and emphasis which intentionally employs a series of conjunctions (and, or, but, for, nor, so, yet) not normally found in successive words, phrases, or clauses; the deliberate and excessive use of conjunctions in successive words or clauses.||
"In years gone by, there
were in every community men and women who spoke the language of duty
and morality and loyalty and
-- William F. Buckley
said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind,
cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the
earth after his kind: and it was so. And God
made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after
their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth
after his kind: and God saw that it was good."
-- Genesis 1:24-25 (KJV)
"They all tasted to me
like undersexed morons who had blundered or trickled into
the wrong beds in automatic response to sexy advertisements, or
to make themselves feel modern and emancipated, or to
reassure themselves about their virility or their
"normalcy," or even because they had nothing else
-- C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
"I ask you to look back on your moments of
powerlessness. Look back to that moment where you had to get on your
knees and scrub and sweep and mop
and wax and buff and buff
and buff and rebuff and buff again, a floor that someone was going to walk on and
promptly scuff two minutes later. That feeling is what it is to be
human. Humble yourself and accept your humanity -- and don't deny it in
-- DeCarol Davis, 2008 US Coast Guard Academy Commencement Address
"It's [football] a way of
life, really, to those particular people who are a part of it. It's more
than a game, and regardless of what level it's played upon, it still
demands those attributes of courage and stamina and
coordinated efficiency and goes even beyond that for
[it] is a means -- it provides a mental and physical relaxation to
everybody that watches it, like yourself."
-- Vince Lombardi
"We must change that
deleterious environment of the 80's, that environment which was
characterized by greed and hatred and
selfishness and mega-mergers and debt
-- Barbara Jordan, 1992 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address
Note: Can you spot the conduplicatio?
"As soon as he learned that
the Republican fiction writers, in Congress and out, had concocted a story
that I'd left him behind on the Lucian Islands and had sent a destroyer
back to find him at a cost to the taxpayers of two or three
or eight or twenty million dollars, his Scot
soul was furious."
-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt (on his dog, Fala)
"[World War II] veterans here today will tell you that the first thing they noticed
about basic training was breakfast. You could eat all that you wanted.
Many got their first new pair of boots or trousers in basic training
after a young life of hand-me-downs. Many will also tell you that before
war came to America at Pearl Harbor they were opposed to this country
getting involved. But when the Japanese attacked and the Germans
declared war they converted overnight and transformed America into a
mighty military machine -- in uniform and factories and laboratories
shipyards and coal mines and farm fields
and shops and offices.
-- Tom Brokaw, WWII Memorial Dedication Address
"Racial bias isn't epidemic in law enforcement any more than it's
epidemic in academia or the arts.
In fact, I believe law enforcement overwhelmingly attracts people who
want to do good for a living -- people who risk their lives because they
want to help other people. They don't sign up to be cops in New York
or Chicago or L.A. to help white people
or black people or Hispanic people or
Asian people. They sign up because they want to help all people."
-- James B. Comey, Address on Race and Law Enforcement
"I think it is fair to say that both in Eastern Europe and in the Soviet Union, Communism, Marxism-Leninism, as an organizing principle, is dead. That is to say, it no longer motivates in any significant degree public policy. There are still communist regimes in power, for example, in Korea or in Vietnam or in China or in Cuba which assertively proclaim their fidelity to the communist doctrine. But even there, public policy is no longer motivated by the doctrine. That is to say, public policy is not committed to the construction of a socialist or, eventually, a communist society. If one goes back to the party program adopted by the Soviet Communist Party in the early 60s in the days of Khrushchev, one would still find in it a commitment to the attainment of the state of communism, the condition of communism. But this no longer animates Soviet policy either. Soviet policy, internally, whether in its economic planning or in its economic reforms or in its discussion of the future of the political structure of the Soviet system, is no longer animated by a conscious, deliberate commitment to the doctrine. The doctrine is discredited -- and itís dead."
-- Zbigniew Brzezinski, Address on Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union
"Oh, my piglets, we are
the origins of war -- not history's forces, nor the times,
nor justice, nor the lack of it, nor
causes, nor religions, nor ideas, nor
kinds of government -- not any other thing. We are the killers."
-- delivered by Katherine Hepburn (from the movie The Lion in Winter)