My critique group tells me I am not to use cliches in my writing. sigh.
I come from a long line of quoters and familial wisdom. There is a comfort in the commonality of canned sayings, just as there is in canned foods and home cooked meals.
These old adages have been spoon fed to me for sixty years. I have a taste for them!
Memories are attached to many of them. They bring a shared experience to the story that saves the writer from having to explain (and the reader from having to read unnecessary explanations). When I read a familiar quote in someone else’s writing, I bring my own experience to whatever it is the writer speaks of and I feel connected.
If the quote is not familiar, and I like it, it becomes mine.
There is much wisdom packed into one concise sentence. Tropes are great summarizers!
Do you have one you like to use? If so, please share.