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.
'Everything ritualistic must be strictly avoided, because it immediately turns rotten. Of course a kiss is a ritual too and it isn't rotten, but ritual is permissible only to the extent that it is as genuine as a kiss.'
'By groans and various sounds and various movements of parts of my body I would endeavour to express the intentions of my heart to persuade people to bow to my will. But I had not the power to express all that I wanted nor could I make my wishes understood by everybody.'
You got me into the habit of sleeping on one side of the bed. I haven't gotten back out of it since.
'Nietzsche wanted to be, and was, the Plato of his own Socrates.'
'But it’s Beavis who sees things most clearly.'
Music saves; but being able to play your music loud saves you more surely.
'Have you practiced so long to learn to read?'
When I was a child, I was asked who my hero was. I didn't have a hero but felt somewhat embarrassed not to have one when it appeared to be expected of me.
Eventually I decided that I would say that Steve Wozniak was my hero.
He wasn't, but he seemed like a good hero to have, if you had to have one.
'an ample experience of dereliction'