"Analysis and pattern recognition is the antidote to cliche. If you can see formulas, then you can break them."
The reason that clichés become clichés is that they are the hammers and screwdrivers in the toolbox of communication.
"People regurgitate the same old cliches and it becomes like a photocopy of a photocopy of something that's vaguely interesting."
Desmond Glazebrook as Chancellor [of the Bank of England]? He's such a fool. He only ever talks in cliches. He can talk in cliches till the cows come home.
—Jim Hacker, Yes, Prime Minister