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I know it sounds trite, but I love her; and that changes everything.
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trite triteness tritest tritely
A number of words indicate that an expression or idea is so familiar that to use it again offers nothing new or interesting. Three common words are cliché, trite, and hackneyed. Each has a slightly different flavor:

Trite is probably the softest rebuke of the three words. It typically refers to obvious ideas and/or overused expressions.  Cliché is a little harsher and typically used in reference to overused expressions. Finally, hackneyed is generally the most disapproving of the words. It points to something appropriate only for routine-commercial or trashy writing.

See S.I. Hayakawa’s excellent book, Choose the Right Word, for a more detailed discussion on this topic and for distinctions between other synonyms.
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  • I know it sounds trite, but I love her; and that changes everything.
  • the trite metaphor "quick as a rabbit"
  • I found her more interesting than her little problem, which, by the way, is rather a trite one.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • For it is an observation, as true as it is trite, that there is nothing men differ so readily about as the payment of money.
    Hamilton, Alexander  --  Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton

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  • The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible.
    Albert Einstein
  • I found her more interesting than her little problem, which, by the way, is rather a trite one.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Few people realized that anagrams, despite being a trite modern amusement, had a rich history of sacred symbolism.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I know it sounds trite considering all that you two have been through, but she needs a friend right now.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • That was true no matter how trite it sounded.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • If you’ll curtail your literary pursuits a moment I’ll introduce you to my counterpart and Nemesis; I would be trite and say, ’to my better half,’
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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  • Because it was an ending, no matter what Eric, the valedictorian, had to say about commencement meaning "beginning" and all the rest of the trite nonsense.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • And do not let any one impugn this statement with the trite proverb that "He who builds on the people, builds on the mud," for...
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • I do not want to believe it, but I think we might have died there, if he had lost his nerve, if he had stopped, if he had stomped hard on the accelerator and run over someone. People say all the time, with trite and silly melodrama, that someone, by their actions and clear thinking, saved their life. It may be that this time, he did save mine.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • "What about you?" he said. "What’s your favorite word?"
    She put on her idiot face. "Gosh oh golly, there are so many! Let’s see. ’Vacation.’ Jackpot.’ Then there’s ’free.’ Sale.’ Bargain.’ You know, the usual."
    He had laughed throughout, and she felt pleased. "Seriously," he said. "What?"
    Seriously? She plucked at what surfaced in her mind, but they sounded trite: peace, love, happiness.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • My own speculations were trite in comparison.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • I ... tried to work on a second letter to Jacob Marcus, but everything I tried to write sounded wrong, or trite, or like a lie.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • Even the lessons were commonplace. It hurts to be shot. Dead men are heavy. Don’t seek trouble, it’ll find you soon enough. ... These were hard lessons, true, but they were lessons of ignorance; ignorant men, trite truths.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • Without the grounding reality, it’s just a trite bit of puffery, pure Hollywood, untrue in the way all such stories are untrue.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • "This sounds trite, but I just think you’ve changed," Colin said as they walked down the oldster’s driveway.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • How trite.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Only one viewer was rapt, leaning forward in her seat, nodding at each trite sentiment, smiling while dabbing at wet eyes.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • I cannot live without him, she heard herself whisper aloud in Polish, aware of the triteness of the thought but also of its absolute truth.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It would be trite to say that you’re all grown up, so I won’t.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The sweetest story ever told—and the tritest.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It’s so trite and such a common complaint-although I did think I had a husband who prides himself on being different from lesser men.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He nodded to himself as he drew off his trousers and stood up, saying tritely: —Redheaded women buck like goats.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Maybe I’m getting trite but I don’t want to let my current ideas slide away with a few dozen glasses of beer.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Kindly, as usual — and, as usual, rather trite — she condoled with him on the pressure of business he had had all day; on the annoyance it must have been to him with that painful sprain: then she commended his patience and perseverance in going through with it.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • There is a world of accumulated feeling back of the trite dramatic expression—"I am going away."
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • There was a certain triteness in these reflections: they were those habitual to young men on the approach of their wedding day.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Or is that a trite answer?
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Amory was becoming trite from where he perched in the centre of the dining-room table one six o’clock.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • But I didn’t think it would be some trite human thing… prom!
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • That’s such a trite expression,’ said the analyst with a derisive laugh.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Professor Toynbee arrives at his misconstruction by way of a trite and incorrect interpretation of the Oriental ideas of nirvana, Buddha, and Bodhisattva; then contrasting these ideals.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The trite religious word upon the tongue, the joke to ease the way, the ready acceptance of other people’s homage … a happy man.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • For a long time there was none, beyond the voice of a weak bird singing a trite old evening song that might doubtless have been heard on the hill at the same hour, and with the self-same trills, quavers, and breves, at any sunset of that season for centuries untold.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • If he struggles to take a different view of the same class of subjects, he speedily discovers that what is obvious, graceful, and natural, has been exhausted; and, in order to obtain the indispensable charm of novelty, he is forced upon caricature, and, to avoid being trite, must become extravagant.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • The crises and victories and secessions in Roman history were handed on to him in the trite words IN TANTO DISCRIMINE and he had tried to peer into the social life of the city of cities through the words IMPLERE OLLAM DENARIORUM which the rector had rendered sonorously as the filling of a pot with denaries.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Isn’t that what they tell you to do? I know it sounds trite, but I used to wake up in the mornings and tell myself that I only had to be strong for one day.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • Still, to a close observer, they are just as perceptible; the difference is that their media of manifestation are less trite and familiar than such well-known ones as the bursting of the buds or the fall of the leaf.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • But though he had a fine flux of words, and delivered his little voice with great pomposity and pleasure to himself, and never advanced any sentiment or opinion which was not perfectly trite and stale, and supported by a Latin quotation; yet he failed somehow, in spite of a mediocrity which ought to have insured any man a success.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • For though every good author will confine himself within the bounds of probability, it is by no means necessary that his characters, or his incidents, should be trite, common, or vulgar; such as happen in every street, or in every house, or which may be met with in the home articles of a newspaper.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • She is about to lambada this trite conveyance.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • It is as true as it is trite: men differ over nothing so quickly as the payment of money.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • He’d thought through his little speech a hundred times, but now it sounded trite and stupid.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • He talked to her in a reassuring, trite and slightly compulsive way, like a first-timer nervous in a singles bar.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • For it is an observation, as true as it is trite, that there is nothing men differ so readily about as the payment of money.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The most trite and common things as well as the more nice relative either to customs, manners, arts, policy, or constitution are equally known to him.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • It was the very triteness of the feelings and expressions that moved him most; he mistook Dudorov’s reflection of prescribed feeling for a genuine expression of humanity.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
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