Susan Marie Molloy

🌺 Life in the Oasis 🌴



Original drawing by Susan Marie Molloy. Copyright 2016.


They are those little sayings that have been used much too often to be interesting or thoughtful.

The other week, my beau got a phone call. The caller mentioned something in the conversation along the lines of “a closed mouth doesn’t eat.”

Until then, that was cliché I didn’t know, so I looked it up, and it seems it originated in West Coast prisons. It means that you have to ask for something and keep on asking until you get what you want. Wear ‘em down until you get your demands, as it were.

This got me thinking. Clichés, sayings, platitudes, chestnuts, saws, whatever you call them – seem to be omnipresent. My ears perked up even more when I heard:

“You got this!”
“Everything happens for a reason.”
“Life is good.”
“God has a plan for you.”
“It is what it is.”
“It wasn’t meant to be.”
“It’s in God’s hands.”
“Only the good die young.”
“Nice guys finish last.”

I started to keep track of each platitude I heard or read, just to calculate a total. I gave up after one day. There were just too many to record.

There are people who speak mostly in platitudes, and I mean in real life. Could this be a symptom of social media, i.e., people are so conditioned to like, read, and share those memes with the insipid clichés, that any thought process to communicate meaningful conversations is beyond their abilities?


I worked with people who did speak in clichés ad infinitum, and by the way they used them, they didn’t know their meanings. Those little chestnuts just sounded intelligent and fresh. At least to them they did. They sounded silly to me.

What I know for sure is that when I left Fakebook over a year ago, my verbal and writing skills vastly improved. Before then, I wasn’t thinking in incomplete sentences, and sometimes I was writing in quasi-text.

I returned to the living, self-thinking human race, and what a relief.

So, let’s not reinvent the wheel. It’s not rocket science. It is what it is.

At least for those who won’t think for themselves.

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.


Author: Susan Marie Molloy

Hi, and welcome to my blog. I am a published writer, poet, photographer, freelance editor, artist, and career analyst. Growing up in a bilingual family helped me foster my love of languages. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and Master of Arts in History. My short stories, poetry, and photographs have been published in the Emerald Coast Review (18th and 19th editions), newspapers, and in many other publications. I enjoy Pre-Code films, photography, music, travelling, history, reading, and living each day to the fullest in The Oasis. My publications include Engaged (an anthology of my poems), The Crowd of Turin, God of the Sea: A Short Book of Poetry by the Seashore, Grapes Suzette and Other Poetic Epicurean Delights, Gallery Night, Indigo Fantasy, The Green Gloves, Puppy Love, Supreme Theater, and others. I am currently working on an anthology of my short stories, including a roman à clef tale, and am in collaboration with another artist in writing a novel. My books are available through Amazon. Check them out. Buy them. Read them. Send me your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.

2 thoughts on “Platitudes

  1. You hit the nail right on the head……….

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