Perhaps we refrain from clichés too much. After all, how does something become a cliché? It must, if it is to attain that oft derided and oft praised status, contain enough wisdom that it is used, and used widely, throughout the ages. Yes, I think clichés capture a great deal of truth, and express it simply and succinctly. Therefore, I like to embrace clichés. For example, if we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. Although I object to the fatalist/determinist undertones of the phrase – something to be discussed another time – I think it is generally true, and also remarkably ignored.