Personification: Figure which represents abstractions or inanimate objects with human qualities, including physical, emotional, and spiritual; the application of human attributes or abilities to nonhuman entities.

Ex: You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

-- Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Successful Life

Further Examples

"In Torquemada's time, there was at least a system that could, to some extent, make righteousness and peace kiss each other. Now, they do not even bow."

-- G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

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"Once again, the heart of America is heavy. The spirit of America weeps for a tragedy that denies the very meaning of our land."

-- Lyndon Baines Johnson

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"I'm gonna speak to this mountain -- whether it's a mountain of sickness, whether it's a mountain of debt; whether it's a mountain of loneliness; whether it's a mountain of despair -- whatever this mountain is."

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

Can you spot the anaphora?

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"Peace now celebrates a great victory

for the nations of Egypt and Israel

and for all mankind."

-- Menachem Begin, Camp David Peace Accords Press Conference, Sept. 1978

"To the fans in Chicago, St. Louis and Atlanta, I wanna say 'thank you' for your support. Your chanting of 'B-r-u-u-u-c-e' as I entered the game always gave me chills. I wish I could trot out there and get that feeling again, but Father Time has caught up with me. First he took my arm, then he took my hair, then he took the color from my beard. But he cannot take the great friendships and memories I have from being a baseball player."

-- Bruce Sutter, Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Address

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"Today, we begin a new chapter in the history of Louisiana. I've said throughout the campaign that there are two entities that have the most to fear from us winning this election. One is corruption and the other is incompetence. If you happen to see either of them, let them know the party is over."

-- Bobby Jindal, Louisiana Governor-Elect victory Speech

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"Such acts are commonly stimulated by forces of hatred and malevolence such as today are eating their way into the bloodstream of American life."

-- USSC Justice Earl Warren, Eulogy for John F. Kennedy

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It's [COVID-19] one of these scenarios which we have been warning against for a couple of weeks already -- that countries have to be prepared for the virus literally knocking at their door."

-- Christian Lindmeier, Feb 2020 WHO Press Briefing

Note: This is some virus at hand, one not merely small enough (literally) to require a microscope to see, but also powerful and coordinated enough "literally" to rattle the door knockers of entire nation states -- on top of it's remarkable ability to upset conventional term-referent relationships literally without notice. (See also this Redditor commentary.)

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