Epizeuxis: Figure of emphasis in which the same word (or words) is repeated two or more times over in immediate succession; repetition of the same word, word, word....



"You wanna know what I make? I make kids wonder. I make 'em question. I make 'em criticize. I make 'em apologize -- and mean it. I make 'em write, write, write. And then I make 'em read. I make 'em spell: definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful -- over and over and over again, until they will never misspell either one of those words again."

-- delivered by Taylor Mali

"What kind of America do we want over the next 20-25 years? Do we want an America thatís going to be able to compete in a global marketplace with two serious challengers: China and India? Over the next 20-25 years China and India will emerge as serious, serious, serious global players. And we will have to compete with them."

-- J.C. Watts, Keeping American Competitive in the Global Marketplace

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"So, they sent me to a salon where they gave me a perm, and after a few days all my hair fell out and I had to shave my head. And then they really didn't like the way I looked, Ďcause now I am black and bald and sitting on TV. Not a pretty picture. But even worse than being bald, I really hated, hated, hated being sent to report on other people's tragedies as a part of my daily duty. Knowing that I was just expected to observe, when everything in my instinct told me that I should be doing something. I should be lending a hand."

-- Oprah Winfrey, Stanford Commencement Address

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"Here he is! The one and only winner of the Gemini Croquet contest! This boy is fueled, like FIRE! So start melting ladies 'cause the boy is hotter than hot. He's hot Hot! HOT!!"

-- delivered by Chris Tucker (from the movie The 5th Element)

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"When I first arrived in the Senate in 1972, I met with John Stennis, another old Southern Senator, who became my friend. We sat at the other end of this gigantic, grand mahogany table he used as his desk that had been the desk of Richard Russellís. It was a table upon which the Southern Manifesto was signed, I am told. Senator Stennis patted the leather chair next to him when I walked in to pay my respects as a new young Senator, which was the order of the day. And he said, 'Sit down, sit down, sit down here, son.' And he looked at me and he said, 'Son, what made you run for the Senate?' And like a darn fool I told him the exact truth before I could think of it -- I said, 'civil rights, sir.' And [as] soon as I did I could feel the beads of perspiration pop out of my head and get that funny feeling. He looked at me and said, 'Good, good, good.' And that was the end of the conversation."

-- Joseph Biden, Eulogy for Strom Thurmond

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"Rhett, Rhett, Rhett! If you go, where shall I go? What shall I do?"

-- delivered by Vivien Leigh (from the movie Gone with the Wind)

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"I, along with millions -- scores of millions -- of Americans, will pray, pray, pray for the safety of our troops."

-- Robert C. Byrd, The Arrogance of Power

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"The rich nations and the poor nations have different responsibilities, but one responsibility we all have -- and that is action. Action, action, action. The current stalemate between the developed and the developing worlds must be broken. It is time to came together in a new international agreement that can be embraced by rich and poor nations alike."

-- Arnold Schwarzenegger, United Nations Address on Climate Change

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"On Commencement Day, speechmakers are expected to offer advice -- as though you need any, as though anything said today could aid your making sense of our one-damn-thing-after-another world. But things are too confused, too loud, too dangerous to make "advice" an option. You need to hear something much more relevant on this day. You need to hear the most important message thus far in the third millennium. You need to hear a maxim so simple, so clear, and so evocative that no one could misconstrue its meaning or miss its weighty issue -- so, here goes. Itís not a statement, but it's a request, It's not a bit of advice, but it's a plea: Help. HELP. HEEEELLLLLLP."

-- Tom Hanks, Commencement Address at Vassar College

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"Isn't extraordinary that the Prime Minister of our country can't even urge his Party to support his own position?! Yeah.




-- Tony Blair, 1997 House of Commons exchange with Prime Minister John Major

"Warning! Warning! Warning! Alien approaching!"

-- from the movie Lost in Space

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"And we must build effective coalitions capable of confronting dangerous regimes like Iran and North Korea. Itís time for more than just tough talk. Just like you -- probably just so tired of hearing the talk, talk, talk.

-- Sarah Palin, Tea Party Convention Keynote Speech

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"I lost my mom to cancer and my dad's going through it right now and I -- that was the first place where I stopped was pop's house. Started crying in front of him and told him I loved him and you've got nothing to worry about now except getting better, so we're a happy bunch of group. We're a very, happy, happy, happy, as some of my friends would say."

-- William Seeley, Powerball Jackpot Press Conference

Raymond Reddington: Are you a gambling man, Crispin?

Crispin Crandall: No. I abhor casinos.

Raymond Reddington: [laughing], Yes, well, I would agree with you, there. But perhaps you're familiar with the old saw, "You can't beat the house." No matter how many poor souls you turn into popsicles, the fix is in. The world in which you awaken will be one incapable of sustaining human life. And why? Because at the critical tipping point,  one tragically quixotic, megalomaniac cannibalized humanity of the very minds that might have been its salvation. You see, if you were a betting man, you would understand that now trumps later, every time. The futureís a suckerís bet. A maybe. A contingency. A what-if. The only thing that is real is the present. And youíve plundered it --  robbed it of the very geniuses that might have averted the dystopia you so fear; indeed, perhaps, even the very one who might have devised a means to revive your sad, tired, frozen ass. Congratulations, Crispin: Youíve doubled-down on extinction.

- delivered by James Spader (as Raymond Reddington), the The Blacklist

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"Yes! Yes! Somebody holler: 'Move mountain!' 'Move mountain!' 'Move this mountain.' 'This mountain!' 'The mountain in my life!' ''The mountain in my finances!' 'This mountain!' Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Look at somebody and say, 'Move that thing! Move it out of your....'"

-- T.D. Jakes, All I Have is a Seed on My Side

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