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Common sense is calculation applied to life.

Author: Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)

Profession: Swiss Philosopher, Poet, Critic

Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life.

Author: Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)

Profession: Swiss Philosopher, Poet, Critic

The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.

Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer

Common-sense is part of the home-made ideology of those who have been deprived of fundamental learning, of those who have been kept ignorant. This ideology is compounded from different sources: items that have survived from religion, items of empirical knowledge, items of protective skepticism, items culled for comfort from the superficial learning that is supplied. But the point is that common-sense can never teach itself, can never advance beyond its own limits, for as soon as the lack of fundamental learning has been made good, all items become questionable and the whole function of common-sense is destroyed. Common-sense can only exist as a category insofar as it can be distinguished from the spirit of inquiry, from philosophy.

Author: John Berger (1926)

Profession: British Actor, Critic

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

Author: Josh Billings (1815-1885)

Profession: American Humorist, Lecturer

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

Author: Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

Profession: British Novelist, Poet

The voice of the Lord is the voice of common sense, which is shared by all that is.

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

Common sense always speaks too late. Common sense is the guy who tells you ought to have had your brakes relined last week before you smashed a front end this week. Common sense is the Monday morning quarterback who could have won the ball game if he had been on the team. But he never is. He's high up in the stands with a flask on his hip. Common sense is the little man in a gray suit who never makes a mistake in addition. But it's always somebody else's money he's adding up.

Author: Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)

Profession: American Author

Common sense is perhaps the most equally divided, but surely the most underemployed, talent in the world.

Author: Christine Collange

Profession:

Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses.

Author: Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)

Profession: Italian Inventor, Architect, Painter, Scientist, Sculptor

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

Author: Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

Profession: French Philosopher, Scientist

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

Author: Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Profession: German-born American Physicist

Nothing astonishes people so much as common sense and plain dealing.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

The best prophet is common sense, our native wit.

Author: Euripides

Profession: Greek Tragic Poet