Quotation Saturday: Common Sense

quotationsaturdayMamacita says:  Sometimes I think most of the planet’s problems are caused and perpetuated by people who don’t have the sense to piss in a boot people with no common sense.

Oh, and don’t you love those pithy regional sayings that are more idiomatic than the most cryptic idiom you’d ever find in a textbook?  Everybody you know uses them, and people ten miles away don’t have a clue what you’re talking about.

1.  I do not believe that any political campaign justifies the declaration of a moratorium on ordinary common sense.  –Dwight David Eisenhower

2.  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

3.  School days are the unhappiest in the whole span of human existence.  They are full of dull, untelligible tasks, new and unpleasant ordinances, with brutal violations of common sense and common decency.  –H.L. Mencken

4.  Do not be bullied out of your common sense by a specialist; two to one, he is a pedant. –Oliver Wendell Holmes

5.  You can’t legislate intelligence and common sense into people.  –Will Rogers

6.  Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius.  –An Wang

7.  One pound of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to apply it.  –Persian Proverb

8.  Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact.  –thomas Henry Huxley

9.  I can never fear that things will go far wrong where common sense has fair play.  –Thomas Jefferson

10.  The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.  –Thomas Alva Edison

11.  Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds.  A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.  –William James

12.  In any war, the first casualty is common sense, and the second is free and open discussion.  –james Reston

13.  Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.  –Albert Einstein

14.  Common sense is not so common.  –Voltaire

15.  It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.  –Robert G. Ingersoll

16.  Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.  –Voltaire

17.  He is a man of great common sense and good taste, meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.  –George Bernard Shaw

18.  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

19.  Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.  –Samuel Taylor Coleridge

20.  The best prophet is common sense, our native wit.  –Euripides

21.  The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.  –Henry Ward Beecher

22.  Common sense is merely the deposit of prejudice laid down in the human mind before the age of 18.  –Albert Einstein

23.  Seek advice but use your own common sense.  –Yiddish proverb

24.  If we seek the pleasures of love, passion should be occasional and common sense continual.  –Robertson Davies

25.  I don’t know why it is that the religious never ascribe common sense to God.  –William Somerset Maugham

26.  Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.  –George Seaton

27.  Common sense is instinct.  Enough of it is genius.  –George Bernard Shaw

28.  A handful of common sense is worth a bushel of learning.  –Proverb

29.  Common sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses.  –Leonardo da Vinci

30.  Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.  –Gertrude Stein

31.  Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.  –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

33.  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

34.  Common sense and good nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult.  –William Somerset Maugham

35.  Common sense is as rare as genius – is the BASIS of genius.  –Ralph Waldo Emerson

36.  If the obstacles of bigotry and priestcraft can be surmounted, we may hope that common sense will suffice to do eveerything else.  –Thomas Jefferson

37.  Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.  –C.E. Stowe

38. However, one cannot put a quart in a pint cup.–Charlotte Perkins Gilman

39. There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have. –Don Herald

40. It could be that our faithlessness is a cowering cowardice born of our very smallness, a massive failure of imagination. If we were to judge nature by common sense or likelihood, we wouldn’t believe the world existed.. –Annie Dillard

41. There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have. –Don Herald

42. It could be that our faithlessness is a cowering cowardice born of our very smallness, a massive failure of imagination. If we were to judge nature by common sense or likelihood, we wouldn’t believe the world existed.. –Annie Dillard

43. The poker player learns that sometimes both science and common sense are wrong; that the bumblebee can fly; that, perhaps, one should never trust an expert; that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of by those with an academic bent. – David Mamet

44. Theologians always try to turn the Bible into a book without common sense. –Georg C. Lichtenberg

45. Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life. –.Henri Frederic Amiel

46. 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

47. Self-sacrifice which denies common sense is not a virtue. It’s a spiritual dissipation. –Margaret Deland

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

49. Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education. –Victor Hugo

50. Science is simply common sense at its best–that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic –Thomas H. Huxley
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Quotation Saturday: Common Sense — 4 Comments

  1. I’m just wondering…do you have any quotations on dreams? I would imagine that you do. And it would be amazing. 🙂

  2. I’m just wondering…do you have any quotations on dreams? I would imagine that you do. And it would be amazing. 🙂

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