Anadiplosis (an-uh-dih-PLO-sis): Figure of repetition that occurs when the last word or terms in one sentence, clause, or phrase is/are repeated at or very near the beginning of the next sentence, clause, or phrase.

Ex #1: "My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to the universe. To him all good things -- trout as well as eternal salvation --come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy." - Norman McLean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

Ex #2: "Kinetic energy is also known as the energy of motion. A vehicle's energy of motion doubles when its weight doubles. When a vehicle's weight doubles, it needs about twice the distance to stop." --




Further Examples  
"They call for you: The general who became a slave; the slave who became a gladiator; the gladiator who defied an Emperor. Striking story."

-- delivered by Joaquin Phoenix (from the movie Gladiator)

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"Tonight, we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger, and anger to resolution."

-- George W. Bush, 9-20-01 Address to Congress and the Nation

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"When your cable company keeps you on hold, you get angry. When you get angry, you go blow off steam. When you go blow off steam, accidents happen. When accidents happen, you get an eye patch. When you get an eye patch, people think you're tough. When people think you're tough, people want to see how tough. And when people want to see how tough, you wake up in a roadside ditch. Don't wake up in a roadside ditch: Get rid of cable and upgrade to DIRECTV"

-- DIRECTV Ad, 2012

"Of course our vision and our aims go far beyond the complex arguments of economics, but unless we get the economy right we shall deny our people the opportunity to share that vision and to see beyond the narrow horizons of economic necessity. Without a healthy economy we canít have a healthy society and without a healthy society the economy wonít stay healthy for long."

-- Margaret Thatcher, The Lady's Not For Turning

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"Don't you surrender! Suffering breeds character; character breeds faith; in the end faith will not disappoint. You must not surrender...."

-- Jesse Jackson, 1988 Democratic National Convention Address

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Helen Parr/Elastigirl: "Dash, this is the third time this year you've been sent to the office. We need to find a better outlet, a more constructive outlet."

Dashiell 'Dash' Parr: "Maybe I could, if you'd let me go out for sports."

Helen Parr/Elastigirl: "Dashiell Robert Parr, you are an incredibly competitive boy -- and a bit of a showoff. The last thing you need is temptation."

Dashiell 'Dash' Parr: "You always say, 'Do your best.' But you don't really mean it. Why can't I do the best that I can do?"

 Helen Parr/Elastigirl: "Right now, honey, the world just wants us to fit in, and to fit in we just gotta be like everybody else."

-- delivered by Holly Hunter and Spencer Fox (from the movie The Incredibles)

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"Integrating our counterterrorism and regional strategies was the most difficult and the most important aspect of the new strategy to get right. Al-Qaida was both a client of and a patron to the Taliban, which in turn was supported by Pakistan. America's al-Qaida policy wasn't working because our Afghanistan policy wasn't working. And our Afghanistan policy wasn't working because our Pakistan policy wasn't working."

-- Condoleezza Rice, Statement to the 9/11 Commission

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"The process of being turned from a creature into a son would not have been difficult or painful if the human race had not turned away from God centuries ago. They were able to do this because He gave them free will. He gave them free will because a world of mere automata could never love and therefore never know infinite happiness."

-- C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (delivered by Geoffrey Howard)

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"Once you change your philosophy, you change your thought pattern. Once you change your thought pattern, you change your attitude. Once you change your attitude, it changes your behavior pattern and then you go on into some action."

-- Malcolm X,  The Ballot or the Bullet

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"Somehow, with the benefit of little formal education, my grandparents recognized the inexorable downward spiral of conduct outside the guardrails: If you lie, you will cheat; if you cheat, you will steal; if you steal, you will kill."

-- USSC Justice Clarence Thomas, 1993 Mercer Law School Address

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Moe Flatbush: You want a cigar?

Bleek Gilliam: No, I don't want a cigar. I don't want any meat and potatoes either. I want more money, okay? I'm not happy. When I'm not happy, I don't play good. When I don't play good, the music doesn't sound good. If the music doesn't sound good, nobody comes. We all lose our money."

-- Delivered by Denzel Washington & John Arturo (from the movie Mo' Better Blues)

"There were some in the House, and there may be some in the Senate, who argue that the [Voting Rights] Act is no longer needed. There are others who would argue that we shouldn't renew section 203's protection of language minorities. These arguments have been tied to debates over immigration and they tend to muddle a noncontroversial issue -- protecting the right to vote -- with one of today's most contentious debates. But let's remember, you can't request language assistance if you're not a voter. And you can't be a voter if you are not a citizen. And while voters, as citizens, must be proficient in English, many are simply more confident that they can cast ballots printed in their native languages without making errors. It's not an unreasonable assumption."

-- Barack Obama, Senate Floor Speech on Voting Rights Act Renewal

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Capt. Andrew Haldane:

"Never run when you can walk.
Never walk when you can stand.
Never stand when you can sit.
Never sit when you can lay down.
Never lay down when you can sleep." [joined by Sgts Haney]

And never pass a supply of clean water."

-- delivered by Scott Gibson and Gary Sweet [from the film The Pacific, Ep. 7)

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"But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed. Then, when lust has conceived, it bringeth forth sin. And sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death."

-- James 1:14-15

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