A balanced sentence is a sentence that employs parallel structures of approximately the same length and importance.
- "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." (A Tale of Two Cities)
- "White chickens lay white eggs, and brown chickens lay brown eggs; so if white cows give white milk, do brown cows give chocolate milk?"
- From Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Gettysburg Address, two powerful examples: "But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground." and "...that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."