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Common sense quotes and quotations

The two World Wars came in part, like much modern literature and art, because men, whose nature is to tire of everything in turn, ... tired of common sense and civilization.
F. L. Lucas

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

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

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

If an idea's worth having once, it's worth having twice.
Tom Stoppard

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

Common sense is very uncommon.
Horace Greeley

Common sense is genius in homespun.
Alfred North Whitehead

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

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

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Albert Einstein

However, one cannot put a quart in a pint cup.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.
Henry Ward Beecher

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

Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.
Josh Billings

Common sense is what tells us the Earth is flat and the Sun goes around it.
Anon

Common sense ain't common.
Will Rogers

Stupid is forever, ignorance can be fixed.
Don Wood

The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common sense snuck in at number 79.
Douglas Adams

Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.
Descartes

Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.
Oscar Wilde

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
Gertrude Stein

Common sense is the best sense I know of.
Lord Chesterfield

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