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In rhetoric, antimetabole (// AN-ti-mə-TAB-ə-lee) is the repetition of words in successive clauses, but in transposed order (e.g., "I know what I like, and I like what I know"). It is similar to chiasmus although chiasmus does not use repetition of the same words or phrases.
- "Eat to live, not live to eat." Attributed to Socrates
- Latin: Miser ex potente fiat ex misero potens Seneca the Younger, Thyestes, Act I.10 (let it make misery from power and power from misery).
- "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961.
- "He who questions training only trains himself at asking questions." The Sphinx, Mystery Men (1999)
- "You stood up for America, now America must stand up for you." Barack Obama - December 14, 2011.
- "With my mind on my money and my money on my mind."- Attributed to Tupac Shakur in the song Gotta get mine
- "In America, you can always find a party. In Soviet Russia, Party always finds you!" - Yakov Smirnoff
- "'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,'—that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know." John Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn"
- "If you fail to plan, plan to fail."
- "The further I get from the things that I care about, the less I care about how much further away I get." - Robert Smith of The Cure ("Fear of Ghosts")
- "The great object of [Hamlet's] life is defeated by continually resolving to do, yet doing nothing but resolve." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge on Shakespeare's Hamlet
- "We do what we like and we like what we do." - Andrew W.K., "Party Hard"
- "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail." - John Wooden
- "We didn't land on Plymouth Rock. Plymouth Rock landed on us." - Malcolm X, Malcolm X
- "If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with." --Billy Preston
- "I meant what I said, and I said what I meant." --Dr. Seuss, Horton Hatches the Egg
- "I am what I am, and that's all that I am." --Popeye
It is derived from the Greek ἀντιμεταβολή from ἀντί (antí), "against, opposite" and μεταβολή (metabolē), "turning about, change".
- Corbett, Edward P.J. Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student. Oxford University Press, New York, 1971.