Meaning: an image can say something better than can words. Mentions.
Rewrite 1: the picture told me more than a book could describe
Rewrite 2: a single picture can say more than a dozen essays
Rewrite 3: I could write an essay, but printing a picture is quicker
Rewrite 4: better you should draw a map than tell him directions
Comment: These don’t as easily fit into a metaphor, but they express the same idea.
More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
• Powell’s Books Death Sentences: Book by Don Watson, “How Clichés, Weasel Words and Management-Speak Are Strangling Public Language.”
Note: By providing links to other websites I am only showing you what is out there about clichés – I am not endorsing any content or opinion expressed there.
Check out the searchable alphabetical list of all my cliché rewrites available in the archive list at the right.