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The Best Quotes About Common Sense

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

    Albert Einstein
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    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
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    Common sense is calculation applied to life.

    Henri-Frédéric Amiel
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    Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    Common sense is seeing things as they are, and doing things as they should be done.

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    Common sense is the genius of humanity.

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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    When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.

    Abraham Lincoln
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    The best prophet is common sense, our native wit.

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

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

    Edgar Watson Howe
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    The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.

    Henry Ward Beecher
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    Science is nothing, but trained and organized common sense.

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

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

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

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

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

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton
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    The voice of the Lord is the voice of common sense, which is shared by all that is.

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

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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson