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Antimetabole nedir?

In rhetoric, antimetabole is the repetition of words in successive clauses (ardışık cümleler) but in transposed order; for example, “I know what I like, and I like what I know”. It is related to, and sometimes considered a special case of, chiasmus.

An antimetabole is also said to be a little too predictive because it is easy to reverse the key term, but it can pose questions that one usually would not think of if the phrase were just asked or said the initial way.


  • “Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno”
  • “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.
  • “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace,” — Jimi Hendrix paraphrasing William Gladstone who originally said ” “We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.”
  • “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
  • “With my mind on my money and my money on my mind.” — Attributed to Snoop Dogg in the song “Gin and Juice”
  • “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”
  • “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

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