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The Best Quotes About Common Sense

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A list of the best common sense quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous common sense quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic common sense quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational common sense quotes from that same writer.

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

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

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

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

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

    W. Somerset Maugham
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    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
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    That rarest gift to Beauty, Common Sense!

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

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

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    Common sense hides shame.

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

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

    Sam Rayburn
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    It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another, but above all try something.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt
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    Common Sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.

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

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

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

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

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

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    Good sense is the master of human life.

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

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    Common sense is not so common.

    Voltaire
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    Common sense is genius in homespun.

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

    Alfred North Whitehead