Quotations on Common Sense

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Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Change, Men, Nature, Climate, Common sense, Fool, Man, May)

Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life.
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Keywords: Experience, Life, Common sense, Measure)

Let us beware of common folk, of common sense, of sentiment, of inspiration, and of the obvious.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Inspiration, Common sense, Folk, Obvious, Sentiment)

Common sense tells us that the things of the earth exist only a little, and that true reality is only in dreams.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Dreams, Common sense, Earth, Reality)

The American people expect more from Congress. They expect fiscal responsibility and common sense. They expect us to return to the pay-as-you-go budget rules that we had enacted in the past that helped us establish a surplus, however briefly.
- Melissa Bean
(Keywords: People, American, Common sense, Congress, Past, Responsibility, Rules)

Common sense tells us that we should focus our resources to benefit children, teachers and taxpayers by keeping dollars in the classroom.
- Bob Beauprez
(Keywords: Children, Classroom, Common sense, Focus, Teachers)

As liberty and intelligence have increased the people have more and more revolted against the theological dogmas that contradict common sense and wound the tenderest sensibilities of the soul.
- Catharine Beecher
(Keywords: Intelligence, Soul, People, Common sense, Liberty)

The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Keywords: Common sense, Philosophy)

The same principles which at first view lead to skepticism, pursued to a certain point, bring men back to common sense.
- George Berkeley
(Keywords: Men, Common sense, First, Principles, Skepticism)

Friendless. Having no favors to bestow. Destitute of fortune. Addicted to utterance of truth and common sense.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Truth, Common sense, Favors, Fortune)

Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.
- Josh Billings
(Keywords: Genius, Common sense, Instinct)

Common sense as well as common values all lead us. Our future depends upon it and our present is going to be vastly better when we get back to these basics.
- Joan Blades
(Keywords: Values, Common sense, Future, Present)

People just want to hear some common sense... and I bring to bear the experience in local government and state government and national government - I was the first woman in history on the Senate Finance Committee - not to mention the diplomatic international experience.
- Carol Moseley Braun
(Keywords: Experience, Finance, Government, History, People, Committee, Common sense, First, Senate, State, Want, Woman)

Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. Freedom is violence.
- Norman O. Brown
(Keywords: Poetry, Common sense, Freedom, Rules, Speech, Violence, Words)

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
(Keywords: Money, Science, Common sense, Famous, First, Paradox, Poets, Psychoanalysis, State)

This is a bipartisan effort. This is just good common sense. This is where the public wants us to go. They want us to not be so dependent on foreign oil.
- Sam Brownback
(Keywords: Common sense, Effort, Oil, Public, Want)

The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent, experimentation. 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.
- Anthony Burgess
(Keywords: Mistake, Common sense, Country, Needs, Temper)

The voice of the Lord is the voice of common sense, which is shared by all that is.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: Common sense, Voice)

The fact is that my wife if she had common sense would have more power over me than any other whatsoever, for my heart always alights upon the nearest perch.
- George Byron
(Keywords: Power, Wife, Heart, Common sense, Fact)

I'm not a professional politician. I'm a professional problem solver, and I believe we should cut the salaries of senators and congressmen 10 percent until they balance the budget. I call that conservative common sense.
- Herman Cain
(Keywords: Balance, Common sense, Conservative, Senators)

I believe that Canadians have the common sense to see that a better future cannot be built on fragmentation.
- Kim Campbell
(Keywords: Common sense, Future)

Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense.
- Julian Casablancas
(Keywords: Wisdom, Common sense, Vanity)

If people use common sense and their own guiding moral compass, I think they'll generally stay out of trouble.
- Steve Chabot
(Keywords: People, Common sense, Trouble)

I'm opposed to censorship of any kind, especially by government. But it's plain common sense that producers should target their product with some kind of sensitivity.
- Lee Child
(Keywords: Government, Censorship, Common sense, Sensitivity)

To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams.
- Giorgio de Chirico
(Keywords: Art, Dreams, Work, Childhood, Common sense, Logic, Visions, Will)

We may always depend on it that algebra, which cannot be translated into good English and sound common sense, is bad algebra.
- William Kingdon Clifford
(Keywords: Common sense, English, May, Sound)

The new rage is to say that the government is the cause of all our problems, and if only we had no government, we'd have no problems. I can tell you, that contradicts evidence, history, and common sense.
- William J. Clinton
(Keywords: Government, History, Cause, Common sense, Problems)

Republicans should simply focus on first principles and give the American people what they want - an honest party dedicated to common sense, fiscal responsibility and limited government. If we govern to save the country, we'll do well as a party.
- Tom Coburn
(Keywords: Government, People, American, Common sense, Country, First, Focus, Party, Principles, Republicans, Responsibility, Want)

Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Keywords: Wisdom, Common sense, World)

Common sense is perhaps the most equally divided, but surely the most underemployed, talent in the world.
- Christiane Collage
(Keywords: Talent, Common sense, World)

Philosophy likes to keen common sense on the run.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Common sense, Philosophy)

I have seen that the American Dream is a reality - and I would love to feel the British Dream is also a reality. To enable that, we have to bring back some common sense and encourage family values, a proper sense of justice and make people believe they have a decent chance to build a business or career for themselves. I see this moment as a fantastic opportunity to restore this, because I believe Britain Has Talent.
- Simon Cowell
(Keywords: Business, Family, Love, Talent, People, Dream, Opportunity, Values, American, Career, Chance, Common sense, Justice, Reality)

If we seek the pleasures of love, passion should be occasional, and common sense continual.
- Robertson Davies
(Keywords: Love, Common sense, Passion)

Conscience that isn't hitched up to common sense is a mighty dangerous thing.
- Margaret Deland
(Keywords: Common sense, Conscience)

Self-sacrifice which denies common sense is not a virtue. It's a spiritual dissipation.
- Margaret Deland
(Keywords: Virtue, Common sense, Self, Spiritual)

Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have.
- Rene Descartes
(Keywords: Habit, Common sense, World)

Our best theories are not only truer than common sense, they make more sense than common sense.
- David Deutsch
(Keywords: Common sense, Theories)

Common sense often makes good law.
- William O. Douglas
(Keywords: Common sense, Law)

Don't leave hold of your common sense. Think about what you're doing and how the technology can enhance it. Don't think about technology first.
- Esther Dyson
(Keywords: Technology, Common sense, First)

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.
- Thomas A. Edison
(Keywords: Work, Common sense, Hard work, Worth)

Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Society, Common sense, Example)

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Men, Common sense, Nothing)

We have too many intellectuals who are afraid to use the pistol of common sense.
- Samuel Fuller
(Keywords: Common sense, Intellectuals)

Common sense is the genius of humanity.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Genius, Common sense, Humanity)

We must return optimism to our parenting. To focus on the joys, not the hassles; the love, not the disappointments; the common sense, not the complexities.
- Fred G. Gosman
(Keywords: Love, Parenting, Optimism, Common sense, Disappointments, Focus)

Experience join'd with common sense, To mortals is a providence.
- Matthew Green
(Keywords: Experience, Common sense, Providence)

What man or woman of common sense now doubts the intellectual capacity of colored people? Who does not know, that with all our efforts as a nation to crush and annihilate the mind of this portion of our race, we have never yet been able to do it.
- Angelina Grimke
(Keywords: People, Common sense, Man, Mind, Nation, Now, Race, Woman)

My view on issues is based on common sense, and my experience as a mother of four children, as a sole parent, and as a businesswoman running a fish and chip shop.
- Pauline Hanson
(Keywords: Experience, Mother, Children, Common sense, Fish, Running)

Common sense steps in here and says: Separate the parts you want to be mobile from the parts you want to be inert. You have seen the result, and I know many have the skill to apply it.
- Lawrence Hargrave
(Keywords: Common sense, Result, Skill, Want)

Common sense varies among the young, as among the old.
- John Edward Christopher Hill
(Keywords: Common sense, Old)



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