Cliche Quotes

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Cassandra Clare
“Clary screamed out loud as he fell like a stone-
And landed lightly on his feet just in front of her. Clary stared with her mouth open as he rose up out of a shallow crouch and grinned at her. "If I made a joke about just dropping in," he said, "would you write me off as a cliché?”
Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

Robert McKee
“Do research. Feed your talent. Research not only wins the war on cliche, it's the key to victory over fear and it's cousin, depression.”
Robert McKee, Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

Michael Chabon
“All novels are sequels; influence is bliss.”
Michael Chabon

David Foster Wallace
“Think of the old cliché about the mind being 'an excellent servant but a terrible master'. This, like many clichés, so lame & banal on the surface, actually expresses a great & terrible truth.”
David Foster Wallace, This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life

Nora Roberts
“As a rule of thumb, I'd say one cliché per [Romance]--and then be damn sure you can make it work. But if you're going to try to write the virginal amnesiac twin disguised as a boy mistaken for the mother (or father depending how well the disguise works) of a secret baby, honey, you better have some serious skills. Or seek therapy.”
Nora Roberts

Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Mi casa es su casa. Literally. I'm pretty sure your dad owns it.”
Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Raised by Wolves

Robert Fanney
“As an opener, I'd like to state that elves are certainly NOT cliché. It doesn't matter if they all have pointy ears, or they all live a long time, or even if they all like forests. It doesn't matter if they're short or tall or both. It doesn't matter if they're related to forest spirits or even angels. Regardless of how many elves are like one another or how many elves appear in how many books, elves are NOT cliché.

Why?

Well, for one, an elf is a creature. How can a creature be a cliché? Is a human cliché? They certainly do appear in a lot of books! How about dragons? Now there's a popular subject! Are dragons cliché as well? Well what about vampires too? Or werewolves? Or bats? Or rabbits? Or mice? Or owls? Or crows? Cats??”
Robert Fanney

Julian Barnes
“Our lack of originality is something we usefully forget as we hunch over our—to us—ever-fascinating lives. My friend M., leaving his wife for a younger woman, used to complain, “People tell me it’s a cliché. But it doesn’t feel like a cliché to me.” Yet it was, and is. As all our lives would prove, if we could see them from a greater distance—from the viewpoint, say, of that higher creature imagined by Einstein. ”
Julian Barnes, Nothing to Be Frightened of

Leslie Jamison
“Bad movies and bad writing and easy cliches still manage to make us feel things toward each other. Part of me is disgusted by this. Part of me celebrates it.”
Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams

Alfred Hitchcock
“Vale más partir del cliché que llegar a él.”
Alfred Hitchcock
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George Orwell
“Spring, spring! Bytuene Mershe ant Averil, when spray biginneth to spring! When shaws be sheene and swards full fayre, and leaves both large and longe! When the hounds of spring are on winter’s traces, in the spring time, the only pretty ring time, when the birds do sing, hey-ding-a-ding ding, cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-wee, ta-witta-woo! And so on and so on and so on. See almost any poet between the Bronze Age and 1805.”
George Orwell, Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Candace Bushnell
“Out of all the neighborhoods in Manhattan, Soho in particular had the charged atmosphere of a movie set, populated with passersby who looked like extras from Central Casting, so perfectly did they fit into this environment. There was the feeling of everything being not quite real, or too perfectly cliched to actually be true, and it began to rain in a fine, misty drizzle from a black patent leather sky.”
Candace Bushnell, Lipstick Jungle

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“... I retraced my steps, walked up to her, and in another moment would have certainly said, "Madam!" if I had not known that that exclamation had been made a thousand times before in all Russian novels of high life. It was that alone that stopped me.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, White Nights

Angela N. Blount
“I know, I know…there’s something cliché about that. The heroine initially wanting to clobber a protagonist male, but later realizing that he’s grown on her and she actually really likes him. Technically, I’m not supposed to find that appealing. But maybe real life is a lot more cliché than anyone wants to admit. Or maybe there’s just a fine, subjective line between the cliché and the poetic.”
Angela N. Blount, Once Upon a Road Trip

Patricia Hampl
“Life is a journey. A hopeless cliché. But not its fault. Cliché is the fate of every fully absorbed truth. The stars, for example, do look like diamonds. You just can’t say so.”
Patricia Hampl, The Art of the Wasted Day

Connie Willis
“Movie Cliche #12: The Moral. A character states the obvious and everybody gets the point.”
Connie Willis, Remake

“It is precisely, if paradoxically, because reversal is in the service of repetition (so as to ensure, alongside its companion strategies, a dizzying proliferation of citations) that it gains a subversive power rather than remain a mere dependent (and thus conservative) form of social discourse. Reversal plays a double role in this novel (MONSIEUR VENUS), for it is not only a formal strategy bearing on citation, but itself a citation as well; one more cliché mobilized from the fin-de-siecle reserve.”
Janet Beizer

Douglas Fairbairn
“This is what happened”
Douglas Fairbairn, Shoot

Gérard de Nerval
“The first man who compared woman to a rose was a poet, the second, an imbecile”
Gérard de Nerval

Ottessa Moshfegh
“I flipped it over: Ping Xi's business card with his name, number, e-mail address, and the corniest quotation I'd ever read: "Every act of creation is an act of destruction.—Pablo Picasso”
Ottessa Moshfegh, My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Ottessa Moshfegh
“Tell me everything!" she'd cry, salivating. Poor Reva. She might actually have thought I was capable of sharing things. "Friends forever?" She'd want us to make some sacred pact. She always wanted to make pacts. "Let's make a pact to have brunch at least twice a month. Let's promise to go for a walk through Central Park every Saturday. Let's have a daily call-time. Will you swear to take a ski trip this year? It burns so many calories.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, My Year of Rest and Relaxation

“The war against the cliche has become the new cliche.”
Marty Rubin

Justin Alcala
“Wisdom is often cliché and pain is generally witty. Never fault an insightful man for their thoughts or mistaken a clever man as a sage.”
Justin Alcala, Dim Fairy Tales

“All love as all life is cliché until you look beyond the obvious, until you look for what’s hidden within what’s displayed.”
Clifford Thurlow, Cocaine Confidence

Georgi Gospodinov
“Една приятелка изпитваше дълбок страх от поглед на кукли. Изпадаше в истински ступор, срещнеше ли оцъклените им очи. Ама те наистина гледаха страшно, някогашните кукли. Оказа се, че този страх е описан и си има име, нарича се гленофобия.
Моят страх е дори по-ужасен, защото заплашителното може да е навсякъде. В никоя номенклатура на фобиите не съм го срещал и затова надлежно прилагам описанието му тук. Нека това бъде малкият ми научен принос към безкрайния Списък на страховете.
Имам фобия от един въпрос. Кошмарен въпрос, който може буквално да изскочи иззад ъгъла, скрит в беззъбата уста на съседката или изломотен от продавача на вестници. Всяко позвъняване на телефона е заредено с този въпрос. Да, най-често се крие в телефонните слушалки: Как си?
Спрях да излизам, не вдигах телефона, сменях местата, от които пазарувам, за да не завързвам тривиалните познанства на всекидневието. Блъсках си главата над това да изковавам защитни отговори. Нуждаех се от един нов щит на Ахил срещу глупостта. Как да се намери такъв отговор, който да не умножава бездарието, да не зацикля в клишето. Отговор, който да не те кара да ползваш готови фрази, отговор, който не лъже, но и не разкрива неща, които не искаш да разкриеш. Отговор, който да не предполага завързването на дълъг и безсмислен разговор. Коя фалшива традиция на етикета го е подготвяла, как се е шмугвал през вековете този лицемерен въпрос. „Как си?“, това е въпросът. That is the question. (Възвишеното „Да бъдеш или не“ се е сменило с това нищожно питане, ето ти доказателство за падение.)
Как си?
Как си?
Как си?
Как се отговаря на такова питане?
Виж, англичаните са се изхитрили, като са го превърнали в поздрав. Обезкостили са го, отнели са му питащото жило.„Как си“ е обелката на банана, поставена с цялата любезност под крака ти, сиренцето, което те примамва към капана на клишето.
Как си — слабата омаломощаваща отрова на всекидневието. Няма открит отговор на този въпрос. Няма. Знам възможните отговори, но се гнуся от тях, разбирате ли, гнуся се… Не искам да съм толкова предвидим, да отвръщам „благодаря, добре“ или „горе-долу, щом сме живи“, или „а бе оправяме се още“, или…Не знам как съм. Не мога да бъда категоричен. За да ви отговоря подобаващо, трябва да прекарам нощи, месеци, години, да изчета вавилонски кули от книги, да пиша, да пиша… Отговорът е цял роман. Как съм?
Не съм. Точка.
Нека това бъде първият ред. И оттук нататък да започне истинският отговор.”
Georgi Gospodinov

Thomm Quackenbush
“Clichés work by appealing to the collective unconscious. They are the Pachelbel’s Canon in D of writing, something familiar the talented can riff off to create a distinct work. I want to subvert tropes, but I have to make sure my audience understands the game first.”
Thomm Quackenbush, Pagan Standard Times: Essays on the Craft

Judson L Moore
“Do it while you're young," a cliché thing to say, yes, but not at all a cliché thing to do!”
Judson L Moore, Exponential Happiness: How to identify and pursue life goals starting at a young age

Geneva Lee
“First day of college and I’m already falling back on clichés. Now I know why people resort to them: it’s safer to talk about nothing than face real questions.”
Geneva Lee, Blacklist

“He missed her like an asphyxiating
man misses breath involuntarily,
yet inevitably”
Teufel Damon

Constance Hale
“In French printer's jargon, cliche (which mimicked the sound of a mold striking molten metal) was a synonym for stereotype, which in turn evolved from the Greek for "solid impression." A stereotype was a printing plate that duplicated typography and that was used by the printer in lieu of the original.
So a cliche is a word or phrase used over and over again in lieu of the original.”
Constance Hale, Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose

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