The always provocative Doug “Uncola” Lynch ponders the meaning behind an old cliché. From Lynch at theburningplatform.com:
I like to collect thoughts. For me, it’s no different than someone who collects baseball cards, or antiques, or classic cars, or books, or coins. In all of these examples, the collector finds value in the collected. The value may be manifested as monetary worth, private enjoyment, personal or professional significance, of educational benefit, or, of course, in many other ways. Very often the thoughts collected in me noggin are delivered in the form of clichés. For many people, especially writers, the fact that a saying has been handed down through many generations, or shared by millions of others, tends to detract from its overall value; or, at the very least, is considered as somehow “less than” the same concept formulated into original wording or revealed in an otherwise novel manner.
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