Same old clichés
Same old reasons
Same old hiccups
In the box
Knowing by rote
Fallen in rut
On defined track
Off track tread
Out of box
Happiness your oyster
Banal words function as a feeble phenomena that fall into their own mental bogs of meaning.
Robert Smithson American, Artist
No one can write a best seller by trying to. He must write with complete sincerity; the clichTs that make you laugh, the hackneyed characters, the well-worn situations, the commonplace story that excites your derision, seem neither hackneyed, well worn nor commonplace to him. The conclusion is obvious: you cannot write anything that will convince unless you are yourself convinced. The best seller sells because he writes with his heart’s blood.
W. Somerset Maugham 1874-1965, British Novelist, Playwright
All my life I’ve been harassed by questions: Why is something this way and not another? How do you account for that? This rage to understand, to fill in the blanks, only makes life more banal. If we could only find the courage to leave our destiny to chance, to accept the fundamental mystery of our lives, then we might be closer to the sort of happiness that comes with innocence.
Luis Bunuel 1900-1983, Spanish Film Director
There’s almost a fear that if you understood too deeply the way you arrived at choices, you could become self-conscious. In any case, many ideas which are full of personal meaning seem rather banal when you put words to them.
Peter Weir Australian, Director