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





The characteristic of the hour is that the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be commonplace, has the assurance to proclaim the rights of the commonplace and to impose them wherever it will.


Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955, Spanish essayist, philosopher)


Nothing is so commonplace has the wish to be remarkable.


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


Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


If to be interesting is to be un-commonplace, it is becoming a question with me, if there are any commonplace people.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Thou unassuming common-place of Nature, with that homely face.


William Wordsworth (1770-1850, British poet)


We can escape the commonplace only by manipulating it, controlling it, thrusting it into our dreams or surrendering it to the free play of our subjectivity.


Raoul Vaneigem (1934-, Belgian situationist philosopher)


Familiar things happen, and mankind does not bother about them. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.


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


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