Antimetabole (an-tee-meh-TA-boe-lee): Figure of emphasis in which the words in one phrase or clause are replicated, exactly or closely, in reverse grammatical order in the next phrase or clause; an inverted order of repeated words in adjacent phrases or clauses (A-B, B-A).

Example #1: In the U.S., all crimes are illegalities but not all illegalities are crimes." To wit: It is not a federal crime for an immigrant to be in the U.S. illegally. - M.E.

Example #2: "The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence." -- Carl Sagan

Example #3: "Therefore the treasures of the Gospel are nets with which they formerly were wont to fish for men of riches. The treasures of the indulgences are nets with which they now fish for the riches of men."  -- Luther, Ninety-Five Theses

Example #4: "I don't throw darts at balloons. I throw balloons at darts." - Joe Montana (on his throwing velocity)

Example #5: "We gotta play with emotion but not let emotion play with us." - Coach Chip Kelly, (2011 University of Oregon vs. Arizona State University football game halftime remarks)

Example #6: "We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." -- Benjamin Franklin

Example #7: "Those who can't do -- teach; and those who can't teach -- do." -- delivered by Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and The City, Episode "Frenemies")

Example #8: "The richer they get, the tighter they become; and the tighter they become, the richer they get." -- Anonymous

Example #9: "Man is not a creature of circumstances. Circumstances are the creatures of men." -- Benjamin Disraeli

Example #10: "There is considerable irony in the Federal Communications Commission classifying the Internet as an information service and not as a communications service insofar as while that may have been a gambit to relieve ISPs of telephone-era regulation, the value of the Internet is ever more the bits it carries, not the carriage of those
bits."
-- Dan Geer, USA Black Hat 2014 Keynote

Example #11: "Intellectuals must never be given power because they want people to get down on their knees and learn to love what they really hate and hate what they really love." -- Eric Hoffer

Example #10: "When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you." -- Frederick Nietzsche

Slate.com on this rhetorical device: http://www.slate.com/id/2199536/

 

 

Further Examples  
"Any psychiatrist will tell you, if you suppress memories they come back with fury. You must face them. Even if you cannot articulate them, we must face them. And memories are many and varied: memories of those who died with weapons in their hands; and those who died with prayers on their lips. And let no one say that some were heroes and others martyrs. In those times the heroes were martyrs and the martyrs were heroes. It was heroic for a friend to give his piece of bread to his friend. It was heroic to go around on Shabbat and simply say to his or her friends: 'It's Shabbat, today.' It was heroic to have faith; it was heroic to be human."

-- Elie Wiesel, Remarks at the New Holocaust Museum Dedication

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"After contemplation, I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf of [the civil rights] movement is a profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time -- the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression."

-- Martin Luther King, Jr., Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Address

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"...that development, security, and human rights must go hand in hand; and that there can be no security without development and no development without security; and neither can be sustained in the longer term without it being rooted in the rule of law and respect for human rights."

-- Kofi Annan, Final Address to the United Nations General Assembly

"What I am claiming here is not that television is entertaining but that it has made entertainment itself the natural format for the representation of all experience. Our television set keeps us in constant communion with the world, but it does so with a face whose smiling countenance is unalterable. The problem is not that television presents us with entertaining subject matter, but that all [television] subject matter is presented as entertaining -- which is another issue altogether. To say it still another way: Entertainment is the supra-ideology of all discourse on television. No matter what is depicted, or from what point of view, the overarching presumption is that it is there for our amusement and pleasure."

-- delivered by Jeff Riggenbach, from the audio book Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman.

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"The poet only desires exaltation and expansion. The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head -- and it is his head that splits."

-- G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

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"It is time for us to say here in Beijing, and for the world to hear, that it is no longer acceptable to discuss women’s rights as separate from human rights. If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for all."

-- Hillary Rodham Clinton, Women's Rights Are Human Rights

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"But we must remember a crucial fact: East and West do not mistrust each other because we are armed; we're armed because we mistrust each other."

-- Ronald Reagan, Remarks at the Brandenburg Gage

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"Jesus Christ came to pay a debt he did not owe because we owed a debt we could not pay.'"

-- Greg Laurie, Harvest Christian Fellowship

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"All this means that the people of any country have the right, and should have the power by constitutional action, by free unfettered elections, with secret ballot, to choose or change the character or form of government under which they dwell; that freedom of speech and thought should reign; that courts of justice, independent of the executive, unbiased by any party, should administer laws which have received the broad assent of large majorities or are consecrated by time and custom. Here are the title deeds of freedom which should lie in every cottage home. Here is the message of the British and American peoples to mankind. Let us preach what we practice -- let us practice what we preach."

-- Winston Churchill, The Sinews of Peace

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"1999 and the illusion continues. In the name of freedom, many have used art as a means to destroy the human mind. As an excuse to continue we hear, "Art reflects society." In the name of recreation these people, in fact, are re-creating themselves in their own images; society then reflects art."

-- Prince

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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. Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done."

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

"The world faces a very different Russia than it did in 1991. Like all countries, Russia also faces a very different world."

-- William Jefferson Clinton, Address to the Russian Duma

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"How about this one on the international front. I don't know if you saw this -- just a few weeks ago. The German Parliament passed legislation giving animals the same rights as humans. I can't resist the irony: A nation that once declared people animals now declares animals people ."

-- Pastor Gary Brandenburg, 2003 sermon entitled 'Whirled Views' 

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"I, too, was born in the slum. But just because you're born in the slum does not mean the slum is born in you, and you can rise above it if your mind is made up."

-- Jesse Jackson, 1984 Democratic National Convention Address

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"The four verities of government are these: most important ideas are unappealing; most appealing ideas are unimportant; not every problem has a good solution; every solution comes with side effects."

-- Dan Geer, 2014 Black Hat Conference Keynote Address

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"And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

-- John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address

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"For a nuclear disaster, spread by winds and water and fear, could well engulf the great and the small, the rich and the poor, the committed and the uncommitted alike. Mankind must put an end to war -- or war will put an end to mankind.

-- John F. Kennedy, 1961 Address to the United Nations General Assembly

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"In an age when both sides have come to possess enough nuclear power to destroy the human race several times over, the world of communism and the world of free choice have been caught up in a vicious circle of conflicting ideology and interest. Each increase of tension has produced an increase of arms; each increase of arms has produced an increase of tension."

-- John F. Kennedy, Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Address to the Nation

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"We say to our children 'Be like grownups.' But Jesus said to us grownups, 'Be like children.'"

-- Billy Graham, Harvard University Address

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Alexa Woods: "Seven seasons on the ice and I've never seen a gun save someone's life."

Adele Rousseau: "I don't plan on using it."

Alexa Woods: "Then why bring it?"

Adele Rousseau: "Same principle as a condom: I'd rather have one and not need it than need it and not have one."

-- delivered by Sanaa Lathan & Agathe De La Boulaye (Alien vs. Predator)

"There are some who may feel that religion is not a matter to be seriously considered in the context of the weighty threats that face us. If so, they're at odds with the nation's Founders, for they, when our nation faced its greatest peril, sought the blessings of the Creator. And further, they discovered the essential connection between the survival of a free land and the protection of religious freedom. In John Adams' words: 'We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.' 'Our Constitution,' he said, was made for a moral and religious people.' Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom.

-- Mitt Romney, Faith in America Address, College Station, TX

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"And I think what we have really to do in Israel is to change the electoral system, and to enable people who are secular and religious to coexist. And if the rabbis want to decide who is a Jew, the Jews have the right to decide who is a rabbi. And that's the way life should go."

-- Shimon Peres, Q&A session response following a 1999 address at the University of Texas at Tyler

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"Israel has no better friend than America. And America has no better friend than Israel."

-- Benjamin Netanyahu, 2011 Address to Congress

 

"Here's how I look at the choice Americans face in this election. In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change."

-- Sarah Palin, 2008 Vice Presidential Nomination Acceptance

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Mission Commander Swanbeck: "...And Mr. Hunt, the next time you go on holiday please be good enough to let us know where you're going."

Tape Message: "This message will self destruct in five seconds."

Ethan Hunt: "If I let you know where I'm going, then I won't be on holiday."

-- delivered by Anthony Hopkins and Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible 2)

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