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.
Wow, Thoreau really went ham on that Flint dude.
If you're gonna own a store, you might as well stock ice cream so you can eat it for free, otherwise what's the point of owning a store?
'I don't leave town. I haven't left town since 1985, to visit my brother in Tennessee. I don't like to be away overnight, because it gets me behind. If I travel to Walla Walla to do shopping, it puts me behind in the diary. I have to take notes all the time, and I get back and it takes me a day to catch up with the notes. So I avoid going out. I avoid being away.'
(And a concerned mother: 'Is there perhaps a subliminal type of perversion involved?'.)
Overstatement is not a way of saying more, but a way of saying too much.
More should learn, and practice, understatement.