Ordinary language is all right.
One could divide humanity into two classes:
those who master a metaphor, and those who hold by a formula.
Those with a bent for both are too few, they do not comprise a class.
Even 'sometimes' may be often enough, for the aphorist.
Sometimes, you need only begin, 'Even the greatest…'.
Superlatives are diminished most by the most occasional exceptions.
Remark parenthetically on what everyone knows.
Stand off to the side.
Make them go back.
Some salads are green. I mean, like, really green.
Adorno calls Schopenhauer a 'malicious heir of the great speculators'. I distrust any of Schopenhauer's commentators who fails to appreciate that malice, that delight in almost surreptitiously inverting as much of the tradition as possible.