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Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

--Victor Hugo

With a little bit of common sense, anything is achievable.

--Dick Strawbridge

Philosophy is common sense with big words.

--James Madison

What is common sense isn't common practice.

--Stephen Covey

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.

--Clive James

The most important key to having common sense is actually listening to what it tells you.

--D. Pariz

Common sense is perhaps the most equally divided, but surely the most underemployed, talent in the world.

--Christiane Collage

Common sense is genius in homespun.

--Alfred North Whitehead

Emotion makes the world go round, but common sense keeps it from going too fast.


Common sense is a flower that doesn't grow in everyone's garden.


Don't be afraid to trust your own common sense.

--Benjamin Spock

Common sense is like deodorant. The people who need it most never use it.

--Bill Murray

He was one of those men who possess almost every gift, except the gift of the power to use them.

--Charles Kingsley

The wisdom of the wise is an uncommon degree of common sense.

--Dean Inge

Common sense is compelled to make its way without the enthusiasm of anyone.

--E. W. Howe

Every one of you is a super genius if you just focus your common sense.

--Eliyahu M. Goldratt

The best prophet is common sense.


There's only one kind of common sense but a thousand varieties of stupidity.

--Evan Esar

The most uncommon form of intelligence is common sense.

--Evan Esar

Common sense is usually lack of imagination, and imagination is usually lack of common sense.

--Evan Esar

Common sense is seeing things as they are; and doing things as they ought to be.

--Harriet Beecher Stowe

Common sense is calculation applied to life.

--Henri Frederic Amiel

Common sense is better than genius, and hence its bestowment is more universal.

--Horace Mann

Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.

--Joseph Addison

Common sense is the ability to see things as they are without prejudice and do things as they ought to be done without influence of any kind.

--Josh Billings

Good hard-pan sense is the thing that will wash well, wear well, iron out without wrinkling, and take starch without cracking.

--Josh Billings

Genius ain't nothing more than elegant common sense.

--Josh Billings

Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.

--Josh Billings

Common sense (which, in truth, is very uncommon) is the best sense I know of: abide by it; it will counsel you best.

--Lord Chesterfield

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it -- even if I have said it -- unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.

--Peter Ustinov

Common sense is the best distributed thing in the world, for we all think we possess a good share of it.

--René Descartes

Science, as opposed to technology, does violence to common sense.

--Richard Dawkins

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.

--Robert G. Ingersoll

If a man has common sense, he has all the sense there is.

--Sam Rayburn

Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.

--Samuel Taylor Coleridge

All truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified.

--Thomas Huxley

Common sense and nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult.

--William Somerset Maugham

Have common sense and stick to the point.

--William Somerset Maugham

Common sense, to most people, is nothing more than their own opinions.

--William Hazlitt

Common sense often makes good law.

--William O. Douglas

You can have a respectable profession and a good income and still lack common sense.

--A.D. Aliwat

No one tests the depth of a river with both feet.


Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius.

--An Wang

Common sense is the folklore of philosophy.

--Antonio Gramsci

To discover the true principles of Morality, men have no need of theology, of revelation, or of gods: They have need only of common sense.

--Baron d'Holbach

Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.

--George Seaton

To act with common sense according to the moment, is the best wisdom I know.

--Horace Walpole

Common sense is very uncommon.

--Horace Greeley

Common sense as well as common values all lead us. Our future depends upon it and our present is going to be vastly better when we get back to these basics.

--Joan Blades

In other words, start with what you know, and use a little guesswork, or common sense, or whatever you want to call it, to figure out what you don't know.

--John Holt

Poetry is a mixture of common sense, which not all have, with an uncommon sense, which very few have.

--John Masefield

The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.

--Matthew Arnold

Conscience that isn't hitched up to common sense is a mighty dangerous thing.

--Margaret Deland

Common sense to one person might be something different to another.

--Taya Kyle

Common sense has become an uncommon virtue.

--Amit Abraham

Time is the Common Sense of God.

--Khalid Masood

Common sense will nearly always stand you in better stead than a slavish adherence to the conventions.

--M.M. Kaye

Science ... is organized common sense.

--Joseph Alexander Leighton

Common sense is the foundation of all authorities, of the laws themselves, and of their construction.

--Thomas Jefferson

Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius.

--George Bernard Shaw

You can't legislate intelligence and common sense into people.

--Will Rogers

Taste is the common sense of genius.

--Victor Hugo

Who is the most sensible person? The one who finds what is to their own advantage in all that happens to them.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited.

--George Santayana
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