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Common Sense

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

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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 (1882-1945) Thirty-second President of the USA.

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

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) British politician, poet and critic.

Common sense is calculation applied to life.

Henri Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881) Swiss writer.

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

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-Swiss-U.S. scientist.


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

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) American author and poet.

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

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet, dramatist and novelist.

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 (1809-1865) Politician. President of the United States.

Common sense is not so common.

Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.

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

Josh Billings (1815-1885) American humorist and lecturer.