Common Sense

These common sense quotes will really get you wondering how much common sense you have:

Common sense is not so common. -Voltaire

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

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense. -Robert Green Ingersoll

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

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

Nothing ventured, nothing gained…but if everything is ventured, and still nothing gained, give up and venture elsewhere. -Peter Wastholm

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

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

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

Seek advice but use your own common sense. -Yiddish Proverb

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

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)

Common sense is the best sense I know of. -Lord Chesterfield

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

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

What a grand thing it is to be clever and have common sense. -Terence

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

Common sense is compelled to make its way without the enthusiasm of anyone. -Ed Howe

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes. -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education. -Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

The truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified. -Thomas H. Huxley

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)


When unsure how to solve a problem, use your common sense. -Catherine Pulsifer

That’s the way things come clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they’ve been all along. -Madeleine L’Engle

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

No one tests the depth of a river with both feet. -Ashanti Proverb