Take a commonplace, clean it and polish it, light it so that it produces the same effect of youth and freshness and originality and spontaneity as it did originally, and you have done a poet's job. The rest is literature.
Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) French author and filmmaker.
The characteristic of the hour is that the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be commonplace, has the assurance to proclaim the rights of the commonplace and to impose them wherever it will.
José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) Spanish Essayist, and Philosopher.
Nothing is so commonplace has the wish to be remarkable.
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) American author and poet.
Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Politician. President of the United States.
If to be interesting is to be uncommonplace, it is becoming a question, with me, if there are any commonplace people.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.
Thou unassuming common-place of Nature, with that homely face.
William Wordsworth (1770-1850) English Romantic poet.