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Cliches are what make you understand something.
- Matthew Vaughn

Cliches and adjectives permeated my prose.
- Dick Schaap

Political art expresses the cliches you agree with,
unlike propaganda, which expresses the cliches you don't.
- Brad Holland

You need cliches.
Cliches are what people respond to.
- Matthew Vaughn

 

My interests were aroused, and my faith in the cliches
of the subject destroyed,
as so often with other subjects, by the discussions with my friend,
Aaron Director.
- George Stigler

The computing field is always in need of new cliches.
- Alan Perlis

The ground swell is what's going to sink you as well
as being what buoys you up.
These are cliches also, of course, and I'm sometimes
interested in how much one can get away with.
- Paul Muldoon

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In every election in American history both parties have their cliches.
The party that has the cliches that ring true wins.
- Newt Gingrich

Attempting to get at truth means rejecting stereotypes and cliches.
- Harold Evans

I encourage students to pursue an idea far enough so
they can see what the cliches and stereotypes are.
Only then do they begin to hit pay dirt.
- Robert Morgan

I've never understood why artists, who so often condescend
to the cliches of their own culture,
are so eager to embrace the cliches of cultures they know nothing about.
- Brad Holland

Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
- William Safire

I think that often times Hollywood panders to the cliches of small town life,
specifically Southern small town life,
and I think that this movie does the opposite.
- Josh Lucas

I would rather read a poorly structured story that
has fresh ideas than a tightly structured one with cliches.
- Douglas Wood

The cliches are that it's the most generic Starsky
and Hutch plot you can find.
- Ben Stiller

Buzzwords and cliches - those are stock in trade.
There's nothing wrong with them.
- Michael Nesmith

Unfortunately, all the cliches we see about Hollywood are true.
- Douglas Wood

I think to be oversensitive about cliches is like being
oversensitive about table manners.
- Evelyn Waugh

It is a cliche that most cliches are true,
but then like most cliches, that cliche is untrue.
- Stephen Fry

Let's have some new cliches.
- Samuel Goldwyn

Most of my cliches aren't original.
- Chuck Knox

I'm one of the cliches that has grown up.
- Charles Olson

I'm working class, and want people to know I'm not
unintelligent and all the other cliches that come with it.
- Timothy Spall

What I think is interesting is that the more you do,
you have to invent a book of rules of what you can
do and what you can't do.
And the very real danger is that if your book of rules
becomes a book of cliches.
- Adrian Lyne

I think my mistakes were kind of common -
leaning on cliches and adjectives in the place of clear,
vivid writing.
But at least I knew how to spell, which seems to be a rarity these days.
- Dick Schaap

Our writers are full of cliches just as old barns are full of bats.
There is obviously no rule about this,
except that anything that you suspect of being a cliche
undoubtedly is one and had better be removed.
- Wolcott Gibbs

We just kind saw the images and knew the cliches,
so to have the opportunity to go there and learn something
about Russian music and about Russian people and to
see things apart from being a tourist.
- Marc Almond

Cliches about supporting the troops are designed to
distract from failed policies,
policies promoted by powerful special interests that benefit from war,
anything to steer the discussion away from the real
reasons the war in Iraq will not end anytime soon.
- Ron Paul

I never appreciated 'positive heroes' in literature.
They are almost always cliches, copies of copies,
until the model is exhausted.
I prefer perplexity, doubt, uncertainty,
not just because it provides a more 'productive' literary raw material,
but because that is the way we humans really are.
- Jose Saramago

Every cliche about kids is true; they grow up so quickly,
you blink and they're gone, and you have to spend the time with them now.
But that's a joy.
- Liam Neeson

If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche
that must have been left behind in the Sixties,
that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal.
- John Lennon

I am against the whole cliche of the moment.
- Herman Kahn

I think the diva is kind of a cliche.
My definition of a diva is somebody whose talent does
not match what they're trying to play,
so all this temperament comes out.
- Glenn Close

It is a cliche these days to observe that the United
States now possesses a global empire -
different from Britain's and Rome's but an empire nonetheless.
- Robert D. Kaplan

The cliche is dead poetry.
- Gerald Brenan

If your mind is at work, we're in danger of reproducing another cliche.
If we can keep our minds out of it and our thoughts out of it,
maybe we'll come up with something original.
- Peter Falk

Parents must lead by example.
Don't use the cliche; do as I say and not as I do.
We are our children's first and most important role models.
- Lee Haney

(A Foreign Secretary) is forever poised between the
cliche and the indiscretion.
- Harold MacMillan

Writers tell stories better, because they've had more practice,
but everyone has a book in them.
Yes, that old cliche.
- Tanith Lee

I just think the word interview, although it is the
view between two people exchanged,
became a sort of cliche.
You ask questions and the other one answers.
- Maximilian Schell

I think my whole generation's mission is to kill the cliche.
- Beck

It sounds cliche, but success is your friends,
your family, what you do, and if you're happy when you wake up.
- Michael Pitt

I don't believe that old cliche that good things come to those who wait.
I think good things come to those who want something
so bad they can't sit still.
- Ashton Kutcher

Is "tired old cliche" one?
- Rod Schmidt

If you want to use a cliche you must take full responsibility
for it yourself and not try to fob it off on anon.,
or on society.
- Lewis Thomas

My sound is very smooth.
Not to be to cliche, but really sensual and sultry.
- Paul Taylor

It's a cliche, but there really is no handbook about the celebrity thing;
you have to figure it out as you go along.
- Nathan Lane

There is a cliche that men want their women to be ladies
in public and hookers behind closed doors.
I want my woman to be the sharper image robot so that she can be turned off.
- Al Goldstein

I feel like a cliche.
- Jonathan Carroll

So I think I sometimes will put a cliche in and then
just pad it out so you're not noticing.
- Matthew Vaughn

It's long been a cliche in Washington that if you hang
a lamb chop in your window,
guests will come.
- Suzanne Fields

He is forever poised between a cliche and an indiscretion.
- Harold MacMillan

I have never been beautiful in cliche terms.
- Sally Field

The challenge, really, on any new film is to try to
avoid that and achieve a few moments that aren't cliche.
- Adrian Lyne

Economics is a subject profoundly conducive to cliche,
resonant with boredom.
On few topics is an American audience so practiced
in turning off its ears and minds.
And none can say that the response is ill advised.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

I think that anything that you do, any accomplishment that you make,
you have to work for.
And I've worked very hard in the last ten years of my life,
definitely, and I can tell you that hard work pays off.
It's not just a cliche.
- Cameron Diaz

I said, wouldn't it be nice, instead of having these
women fight with each other over men,
which seems to be more of a cliche, wouldn't it be
wonderful if they were the true comrades and it took
these men much more time to infiltrate their friendships.
- Jennifer Beals

I think it is tragic that a situation should arise
where civilians on any side are killed.
But it is almost a cliche to say that it is virtually
unavoidable and this isn't unique to us alone.
- Joe Slovo

You can't do anything if a person says no.
In such a case, there's nothing you can do -
unlike the popular cliche that pressure is exerted,
or that maybe an unwilling source is done away with.
- Markus Wolf

The Deep South has a completely different history,
both good and bad, that is fascinating for everybody.
It makes people work together who usually don't,
and that sounds like a cliche in so many ways,
but it actually happened...
and it happened because of a beautiful idea.
- Genevieve Gorder

When you have to play a character that seems to be
a relatively decent person and seems to be like yourself,
I think the trick in that kind of character,
so that you don't become a cliche, is to find where their weaknesses are.
- Jennifer Beals

Now, when we first started, I would be playing something
good and then feel like I wasn't doing the right thing
and launch into some idiotic cliche.
Luckily for me, Bobby was patient.
- Charlie Hunter

I wanted to make an Indian character who wasn't either
a) the savage that must be eliminated,
the force of nature that's blocking the way for industrial progress,
or b) the noble innocent that knows all and is another cliche.
I wanted him to be a complicated human being.
- Jim Jarmusch

Choose something you like to do.
I know it's a cliche, and you've heard it over and over.
But the reason is, you're going to have to work long
and hard to achieve any success.
You better like it or life is going to be terrible.
- Bill Kurtis

It's different in Scotland.
People who come to readings are more interested in literature as such,
but the readership in general is really quite diverse.
It's a cliche, but it's said that people who read my
books don't read any other books,
and you do get that element.
- Irvine Welsh

It has become almost a cliche to remark that nobody
boasts of ignorance of literature,
but it is socially acceptable to boast ignorance of
science and proudly claim incompetence in mathematics.
- Richard Dawkins

I like the feeling that I'm giving young women self-confidence.
It sounds so cliched, but it can be very moving.
- Shirley Manson

If you have ever been in a real tragic or sad situation,
the words that come out are hopelessly inadequate and kind of cliched.
- Erika Slezak

I just want to do everything.
I don't want to sound soppy or too cliched,
but that's the way it is.
- Kylie Minogue

It's very cliched to go, 'You're not punk.'
We don't care if we are,
and we don't care if we aren't.
- Joel Madden

I think film had a terrible effect on horror fiction particularly in the 80s,
with certain writers turning out stuff as slick and
cliched as Hollywood movies.
- Poppy Z. Brite


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