It is inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for any public office.
Henry Louis Mencken
True gentleness is founded on a sense of what we owe to him who made us and to the common nature which we all share. It arises from reflection on our own failings and wants, and from just views of the condition and duty of man. It is native feeling heightened and improved by principle.
It’s counter to common sense, but common sense is only based on a very small subset of the universe.
Ian J. Davenport
Europe has what we do not have yet, a sense of the mysterious and inexorable limits of life, a sense, in a word, of tragedy. And we have what they sorely need a sense of life’s possibilities.
James Arthur Baldwin
But when a Man???s Fancy gets astride on his Reason, when Imagination is at Cuffs with the Senses, and common Understanding, as well as common Sense, is Kickt out of Doors; the first Proselyte he makes, is Himself, and when that is once compass???d, the Diffi
Genius ain’t anything more than elegant common sense.
That family glaze of common references, jokes, events, calamities-that sense of a family being like a kitchen midden layer upon layer of the things daily life is made of. The edifice that lovers build is by comparison delicate and one-dimensional.
Laurie E. Colwin
Common sense is the best sense I know of.
The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.
In its famous paradox, the equation of money and excrement, psychoanalysis becomes the first science to state what common sense and the poets have long known — that the essence of money is in its absolute worthlessness.
Norman O. Brown
Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man’s upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
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.
It takes ten pounds of common sense to carry one pound of learning.
Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense – no one needs more of it than one already has
It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.
Robert Green Ingersoll
A man of great common sense and good taste, meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
Sir Walter Besant
Science is simply common sense at its best, that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.
Thomas H. Huxley
Science is nothing but trained and organized common sense, differing from the latter only as a veteran may differ from a raw recruit and its methods differ from those of common sense only as far as the guardsman’s cut and thrust differ from the manner in which a savage wields his club.
Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.
I don’t know why it is that the religious never ascribe common sense to God.
W. Somerset Maugham
The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.
Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
I am often troubled as I try hard here to create a new sense of common purpose … that sometimes we forget that we are all in this because we are seeking a good that helps all Americans.
William Jefferson Clinton
Our common language is … English. And our common task is to ensure that our non-English-speaking children learn this common language.
William John Bennett
Common sense often makes good law.
William Orville Douglas
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
If we seek the pleasures of love, passion should be occasional and common sense continual.