Epanalepsis (eh-puh-nuh-LEAP-siss): Figure of emphasis in which the same word or words both begin(s) and end(s) a phrase, clause, or sentence; beginning and ending a phrase or clause with the same word or words.

Example: "Nothing is worse than doing nothing."

Further Examples

"But I ain't goin' no 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other poor people. If I wanna die, I'll die right here, right now fightin' you -- if I wanna die."

-- delivered by Will Smith (from the movie Ali)

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"The time must come. It's enough -- enough to go to cemeteries, enough to weep for oceans -- it's enough."

-- Elie Wiesel, Speech at Buchenwald Concentration Camp

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"Control, control, you must learn control."

-- from the movie The Empire Strikes Back

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"These things I have spoken unto you that in me you might have peace. In the world, ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer -- I have overcome the world."

-- John 16:33 (KJV)

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"Inflation is down since 1980, but not because of the supply-side miracle promised to us by the President. Inflation was reduced the old-fashioned way -- with a recession; two years of massive unemployment; more hungry, in this world of enormous affluence, the United States of America, more hungry."

-- Mario Cuomo, 1984 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address

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"A minimum wage that is not a livable wage can never be a minimum wage."

-- Ralph Nader

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"My name is Robert Neville. I'm a survivor living in New York City. I am broadcasting on all AM frequencies. If you are out there, if anyone is out there, I can provide food, I can provide shelter, I can provide security -- if there's anybody out there."

-- delivered by Will Smith (from the movie, I Am Legend)

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"I ask you to consider the evidence. Don't turn away from the truth. Don't turn away from your conscience. Please, don't ignore the law. No, embrace that higher principle for which the law was meant to serve: Justice -- that's all I ask -- justice."

-- delivered by Denzel Washington (from the movie The Hurricane)

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"Kyrie, Eleison, Kyrie" ("Lord, have mercy, Lord")

-- Mr. Mister, Kyrie Eleison, Live at the Ritz, NYC, 14 Dec 1985

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