An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Common sense always speaks too late. Common sense is the guy who tells you ought to have had your brakes relined last week before you smashed a front end this week. Common sense is the Monday morning quarterback who could have won the ball game if he had been on the team. But he never is. He's high up in the stands with a flask on his hip. Common sense is the little man in a gray suit who never makes a mistake in addition. But it's always somebody else's money he's adding up.


Raymond Chandler (1888-1959, American author)


Common sense is calculation applied to life.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


The most practical things in the world are common sense and common humanity.


Lady Nancy Astor (1897-1964, British politician)


The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Common sense is part of the home-made ideology of those who have been deprived of fundamental learning, of those who have been kept ignorant. This ideology is compounded from different sources: items that have survived from religion, items of empirical knowledge, items of protective skepticism, items culled for comfort from the superficial learning that is supplied. But the point is that common sense can never teach itself, can never advance beyond its own limits, for as soon as the lack of fundamental learning has been made good, all items become questionable and the whole function of common sense is destroyed. Common sense can only exist as a category insofar as it can be distinguished from the spirit of inquiry, from philosophy.


John Berger (1926-, British actor, critic)


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


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


My success was not based so much on any great intelligence but on great common sense.


Helen Gurley Brown (1922-, American businesswoman, founder of Cosmopolitan Magazine)


Common sense is only a modification of talent. Genius is an exaltation of it. The difference is, therefore, in degree, not nature.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


The voice of the Lord is the voice of common sense, which is shared by all that is.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


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


Christine Collange


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


Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, British poet, critic, philosopher)


Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses.


Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian inventor, architect, painter, scientist, sculptor)


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


Rene Descartes (1596-1650, French philosopher, scientist)


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


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The best prophet is common sense, our native wit.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


Nothing astonishes people so much as common sense and plain dealing.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


There is nothing a man of good sense dreads in a wife so much as her having more sense than himself.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


Common sense is the genius of humanity.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


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 (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Common Sense is very uncommon.


Horace Greeley (1811-1872, American newspaper editor)


My greatest strength is... common sense. I'm really a standard brand -- like Campbell's tomato soup or Baker's chocolate.


Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003, American actress, writer)


Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if it has common sense on the ground floor.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


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


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


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


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


When two men share an umbrella, both of them get wet.


Michael Isenberg


When two men share an umbrella, both of them get wet.


Michael Isenberg


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


Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895, British biologist, educator)


A person must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere.


Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958, American engineer, inventor)


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


Charles Kingsley (1819-1875, British author, clergyman)


Common Sense is in medicine the master workman.


Peter Latham


That rarest gift to Beauty, Common Sense!


George Meredith (1828-1909, British author)


That rarest gift to Beauty, Common Sense!


George Meredith (1828-1909, British author)


That's the way things come clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they've been all along.


Madeleine L'Engle


The question of common sense is "what is it good for?" A question which would abolish the rose and be answered triumphantly by the cabbage.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


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. Lucan (39-65, Roman epic poet)


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


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


Common sense appears to be only another name for the thoughtlessness of the unthinking. It is made of the prejudices of childhood, the idiosyncrasies of individual character and the opinion of the newspapers.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


To see what is in front of one's nose requires a constant struggle.


George Orwell (1903-1950, British author, "Animal Farm")


Don't expect to be offered a chair when you are visiting a place where the chief sits on the floor.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


There's no use asking the cow to pour you a glass of milk.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


There's no use asking the cow to pour you a glass of milk.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


When the bait's worth more than the fish, it's time to stop fishing.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


If you wish to drown, do not torture yourself with shallow water.


Bulgarian Proverb


Do not tear down the east wall to repair the west wall.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


If you put a rope around your neck, many people will be glad to drag you by it.


Egyptian Proverb


The common property donkey is the worst saddled.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Common sense hides shame.


Gaelic Proverb (Sayings of Gaelic origin)


When you sweep stairs, start at the top.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Common sense is essential.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


Don't use an axe to embroider.


Malaysian Proverb


Do not drink poison to quench a thirst.


Palestine Proverb


One pound of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to apply it.


Persian Proverb (Sayings of Persian origin)


A good diet cures more than doctors.


Scottish Proverb (Sayings of Scottish origin)


Never whisper to the deaf, or wink at the blind.


Slovenian Proverb


The person who deals in camels should make the doors high.


Syrian Proverb


Don't help the elephant carry its tusks.


Thai Proverb


Seek advice, but use your own common sense.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


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


Sam Rayburn (1882-1961, American representative)


The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor; he took my measurement anew every time he saw me, while all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Common Sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.


Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-1885, American humorist)


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


Gertrude Stein (1874-1946, American author)


I consider it a principle rule of life not to be excessive in anything. It is great to be clever and have common sense.


Terence (Roman writer of comedies)


What a grand thing it is to be clever and have common sense.


Terence (Roman writer of comedies)


Why level downward to our dullest perception always, and praise that as common sense? The commonest sense is the sense of men asleep, which they express by snoring.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


A handful of common sense is worth a bushel of learning.


Author Unknown


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


Author Unknown


Good sense is the master of human life.


Author Unknown


He who does not have common sense at age thirty will never have it.


Author Unknown


In the war for individual rights, common sense becomes the first and major casualty.


Author Unknown


The biggest shortage of all is the shortage of common sense.


Author Unknown


Common sense is not so common.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


Common sense is judgment without reflection, shared by an entire class, an entire nation, or the entire human race.


Giambattista Vico (1688-1744, Italian philosopher, historian)


Nothing ventured, nothing gained -- but if everything is ventured, and still nothing gained, give up and venture elsewhere.


Peter Wastholm


Common sense is genius in homespun.


Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947, British mathematician, philosopher)


Simple solutions seldom are. It takes a very unusual mind to undertake analysis of the obvious.


Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947, British mathematician, philosopher)


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 (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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