Common Sense quotes

  • Common sense means living in the world as it is today; but creative people are people who don't want the world as it is today but want to make another world.
    -- Abraham Maslow

    #Mean #People #Common Sense

  • Innocence can be redefined and called stupidity. Honesty can be called gullibility. Candor becomes lack of common sense. Interest in your work can be called cowardice. Generosity can be called soft-headedness, and observe : the former is disturbing
    -- Abraham Maslow

    #Honesty #Generosity #Common Sense

  • A puppy is but a dog, plus high spirits, and minus common sense.
    -- Agnes Repplier

    #Dog #Common Sense #Spirit

  • The idea that God will pardon a rebel who has not given up his rebellion is contrary both to the Scriptures and to common sense.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Ideas #Common Sense #Scripture

  • I'm an Einstein of the streets and an Oxford scholar of common sense.
    -- Al McGuire

    #Basketball #Oxford #Common Sense

  • The time for common-sense immigration reform is now," Grayson said in a news release. "We must set forth a straightforward route to citizenship for the undocumented immigrants who already live in our communities, work for our businesses and want to give back to the country that they call home.
    -- Alan Grayson

    #Country #Home #Common Sense

  • The myths underlying our culture and underlying our common sense have not taught us to feel identical with the universe, but only parts of it, only in it, only confronting it - aliens.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Common Sense #Culture #Taught

  • Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down by the mind before you reach eighteen.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Common Sense #Mind #Prejudice

  • Common sense is that layer of prejudices which we acquire before we are sixteen.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Media #Common Sense #Prejudice

  • Common sense invents and constructs no less than its own field than science does in its domain. It is, however, in the nature of common sense not to be aware of this situation.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Common Sense #Doe #Fields

  • That’s what the human brain is there for—to turn the chaos of given experience into a set of manageable symbols. Sometimes the symbols correspond fairly closely to some of the aspects of the external reality behind our experience; then you have science and common sense. Sometimes, on the contrary, the symbols have almost no connection with external reality; then you have paranoia and delirium. More often there’s a mixture, part realistic and part fantastic; that’s religion.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Reality #Common Sense #Brain

  • Fine sense and exalted sense are not half so useful as common sense. There are forty men of wit for one man of sense; and he that will carry nothing about him but gold, will be every day at a loss for want of readier change.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Loss #Men #Common Sense

  • Fine sense and exalted sense are not half so useful as common sense.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Common Sense #Half #Common

  • What the founders of modern science, among them Galileo, had to do, was not to criticize and to combat certain faulty theories, and to correct or to replace them by better ones. They had to do something quite different. They had to destroy one world and to replace it by another. They had to reshape the framework of our intellect itself, to restate and to reform its concepts, to evolve a new approach to Being, a new concept of knowledge, a new concept of science-and even to replace a pretty natural approach, that of common sense, by another which is not natural at all.
    -- Alexandre Koyre

    #Knowledge #Common Sense #World

  • There is no country in the world in which everything can be provided for by the laws, or in which political institutions can prove a substitute for common sense and public morality.
    -- Alexis de Tocqueville

    #Country #Law #Common Sense

  • There are at the present time two great nations in the world--the Russians and the Americans. The American relies upon his personal interest to accomplish his ends and gives free scope to the unguided exertions and common sense of the people. The Russian centers all his authority of society in a single arm. The principal instrument of the former is freedom; of the latter, servitude. Their starting point is different and their courses are not the same; yet each of them seems marked by the will of Heaven to sway the destinies of half the globe.
    -- Alexis de Tocqueville

    #Destiny #Two #Common Sense

  • The Adlerians, in the name of "individual psychology," take the side of society against the individual. ... Adler's later thought succumbs to the worst of his earlier banalization. It is conventional, practical, and moralistic. "Our science ... is based on common sense." Common sense, the half-truths of a deceitful society, is honored as the honest truths of a frank world.
    -- Alfred Adler

    #Names #Common Sense #Psychology

  • Common sense is genius in homespun.
    -- Alfred North Whitehead

    #Common Sense #Genius #Common

  • Cooking creates a sense of well-being for yourself and the people you love and brings beauty and meaning to everyday life. And all it requires is common sense – the common sense to eat seasonally, to know where your food comes from, to support and buy from local farmers and producers who are good stewards of our natural resources.
    -- Alice Waters

    #People #Common Sense #Support

  • I was imprisoned as an innocent person, it's common sense not to go back
    -- Amanda Knox

    #Common Sense #Common #Innocent

  • Common sense has become an uncommon virtue.
    -- Amit Abraham

    #Common Sense #Common #Virtue

  • A balanced program for tax reform based upon the common sense idea of lowering taxes out of surplus revenues.
    -- Andrew Mellon

    #Ideas #Common Sense #Reform

  • What kind of bank gives back 65 percent-often less-of what you deposit? Indeed, when you compare the services of a bank and an insurance company, common sense suggests something is out of whack.
    -- Andrew Tobias

    #Common Sense #Giving #Kind

  • Good Luck is rather particular who she rides with, and mostly prefers those who have got common sense and a good heart; at least that is my experience.
    -- Anna Sewell

    #Heart #Good Luck #Common Sense

  • You have to focus on your dreams, even if they go beyond common sense.
    -- Anna Sui

    #Dream #Common Sense #Focus

  • No, thank you, I don't mind the rain,' I said. I always lacked common sense when taken by surprise.
    -- Anne Bronte

    #Rain #Taken #Common Sense

  • Fanaticism and bigotry require any food but common sense and reason, which would break the charm of those spellbound fanatics.
    -- Anne Royall

    #Common Sense #Atheism #Reason

  • It's just common sense that if you only have one candidate remaining, the apparatus of government should be responsive enough to accommodate that and not spend any more taxpayer money,.
    -- Anthony Weiner

    #Government #Common Sense #Enough

  • Common sense is not something rigid and stationary, but is in continuous transformation, becoming enriched with scientific notions and philosophical opinions that have entered into common circulation. 'Common sense' is the folklore of philosophy and always stands midway between folklore proper (folklore as it is normally understood) and the philosophy, science, and economics of the scientists. Common sense creates the folklore of the future, a relatively rigidified phase of popular knowledge in a given time and place.
    -- Antonio Gramsci

    #Philosophy #Philosophical #Common Sense

  • Common sense is the folklore of philosophy.
    -- Antonio Gramsci

    #Philosophy #Common Sense #Common

  • All ultimately intermarried to produce a race of many strains, which may account for the paradox that a people famed for stolid, patient, practical common-sense; a nation as Napoleon said, of "shopkeepers", has produced more adventurers, explorers and poets than probably any other in history.
    -- Arthur Bryant

    #Race #People #Common Sense

  • Give the children love, more love and still more love – and the common sense will come by itself.
    -- Astrid Lindgren

    #Children #Common Sense #Giving

  • A most insidious form of fear is that which masquerades as common sense or even wisdom, condemning as foolish, reckless, insignificant or futile the small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man's self-respect and inherent human dignity.
    -- Aung San Suu Kyi

    #Men #Self #Common Sense

  • 'Knowledge, without common sense,' says Lee, is 'folly; without method, it is waste; without kindness, it is fanaticism; without religion, it is death.' But with common sense, it is wisdom with method, it is power; with charity, it is beneficence; with religion, it is virtue, and life, and peace.
    -- Austin Farrer

    #Life #Kindness #Common Sense

  • His (Deschamps') complaint of court life was the same as is made of government at the top in any age: it was composed of hypocrisy, flattery, lying, paying and betraying; it was where calumny and cupidity reigned, common sense lacked, truth dared not appear, and where to survive one had to be deaf, blind, and dumb.
    -- Barbara Tuchman

    #Lying #Government #Common Sense

  • Wisdom - meaning judgment acting on experience, common sense, available knowledge, and a decent appreciation of probability.
    -- Barbara Tuchman

    #Wisdom #Appreciation #Common Sense

  • Happiness for the average person may be said to flow largely from common sense - adapting one-self to circumstances - and a sense of humor.
    -- Beatrice Lillie

    #Self #Average #Common Sense

  • Common sense is something that everyone needs, few have, and none think they lack.
    -- Benjamin Franklin

    #Thinking #Common Sense #Needs

  • Don't be afraid to trust your own common sense.
    -- Benjamin Spock

    #Common Sense #Common

  • Don't take too seriously all that the neighbors say. Don't be overawed by what the experts say. Don't be afraid to trust your own common sense.
    -- Benjamin Spock

    #Common Sense #Experts #Common

  • Common sense, however it tries, cannot avoid being surprised from time to time.
    -- Bertrand Russell

    #Common Sense #Trying #Common

  • The painter has to unlearn the habit of thinking that things seem to have the color which common sense says they 'really' have, and to learn the habit of seeing things as they appear.
    -- Bertrand Russell

    #Thinking #Color #Common Sense

  • Although humankind inherently "desires to know", if open access to, and unlimited development of, knowledge henceforth puts us all in clear danger of extinction, then common sense demands that we re-examine our reverence for knowledge.
    -- Bill Joy

    #Knowledge #Common Sense #Desire

  • You can handle just about anything that comes at you out on the road with a believable grin, common sense and whiskey.
    -- Bill Murray

    #Common Sense #Common #Whiskey

  • On the one hand, it's common sense it's hard to see someone you love get sick or die. People are interconnected and their health is, too.
    -- Bill Vaughan

    #Hands #People #Common Sense

  • Common sense tells us that we should focus our resources to benefit children, teachers and taxpayers by keeping dollars in the classroom.
    -- Bob Beauprez

    #Teacher #Children #Common Sense

  • Common sense solutions to lowering your gasoline bills can go far. Carpooling, taking fewer or shorter road trips, and ensuring that your tires are fully inflated can all help stop the pinch at the pump.
    -- Bob Ney

    #Common Sense #Gasoline #Pumps

  • Everybody says, 'I have problems overcooking steak on the grill,' but just take it off earlier! Grilling is really common sense. It's very simple. You should think of a grill as a burner - it just happens to have grates. You shouldn't be intimidated by it.
    -- Bobby Flay

    #Simple #Thinking #Common Sense

  • Gadfangled girl things, always robbed me of my common sense.
    -- Bruce Coville

    #Girl #Common Sense #Common

  • Now I do not myself share that superstitious reverence for the beliefs of common sense which many contemporary philosophers profess. But I think that we must start from them, and that we ought to depart from them only when we find good reason to do so.
    -- C. D. Broad

    #Philosophical #Thinking #Common Sense

  • When common sense sees a puzzling phenomenon it looks for a causal agent. When it sees organization it looks for an organizer. This works amazingly well for purposes ranging from the diagnosis of diseases to the creation of governments. But it cannot account for emergence ... the appearance of complex phenomena not predictable from the basic elements and processes alone.
    -- Carl Bereiter

    #Organization #Government #Common Sense

  • Don't be afraid of being scared. To be afraid is a sign of common sense. Only complete idiots are not afraid of anything.
    -- Carlos Ruiz Zafon

    #Fear #Common Sense #Scared

  • 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

    #Government #Common Sense #People

  • Take care of your common sense, and your dignity will take care of itsself
    -- Carolyn Wells

    #Common Sense #Care #Dignity

  • I am confident that, in the end, common sense and justice will prevail. I'm an optimist, brought up on the belief that if you wait to the end of the story, you get to see the good people live happily ever after.
    -- Cat Stevens

    #People #Common Sense #Justice

  • 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

    #People #Common Sense #Soul

  • The use of torture is contrary to sound judgment and common sense. Humanity itself cries out against it, and demands it to be utterly abolished.
    -- Catherine the Great

    #Common Sense #Humanity #Sound

  • Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.
    -- Chapman Cohen

    #Common Sense #Intelligence #May

  • Habits are powerful, but delicate. They can emerge outside our consciousness, or can be deliberately designed. They often occur without our permission, but can be reshaped by fiddling with their parts. They shape our lives far more than we realize—they are so strong, in fact, that they cause our brains to cling to them at the exclusion of all else, including common sense.
    -- Charles Duhigg

    #Strong #Powerful #Common Sense

  • For liberals, the observation that 'the peasants are revolting' is a pun. For conservatives, it is cause for uncharacteristic optimism. No matter how far the ideological pendulum swings in the short term, in the end the bedrock common sense of the American people will prevail.
    -- Charles Krauthammer

    #Swings #People #Common Sense

  • The truth is, that common-sense, or thought as it first emerges above the level of the narrowly practical, is deeply imbued with that bad logical quality to which the epithet metaphysical is commonly applied; and nothing can clear it up but a severe course of logic.
    -- Charles Sanders Peirce

    #Common Sense #Quality #Common

  • Democratic Rep. Charles Schumer of New York made a plea to Livingston, the incoming speaker. These new hearings, these new subpoenas wave a red flag that common sense and common wisdom are not welcome here, .. Mr. Livingston, this may be the first and most important task you will ever face as speaker. Lead us out of this abyss.
    -- Charles Schumer

    #New York #Common Sense #Important

  • A quick and sound judgment, good common sense, kind feeling, and an instinctive perception of character, in these are the elements of what is called tact, which has so much to do with acceptability and success in life.
    -- Charles Simmons

    #Character #Common Sense #Feelings

  • Common sense, alas in spite of our educational institutions, is a rare commodity.
    -- Christian Nestell Bovee

    #Educational #Common Sense #Commodity

  • When women vote, Progressives can win. When women organize and bring some common sense to the conversation, it becomes more authentic.
    -- Christine Pelosi

    #Winning #Common Sense #Vote

  • Our lives are based on what is reasonable and common sense; Truth is apt to be neither.
    -- Christmas Humphreys

    #Common Sense #Common #Truth Is

  • The left no longer stands for common sense, as it did in the days of Tom Paine.
    -- Christopher Lasch

    #Common Sense #Common #Paine

  • The left has come to regard common sense - the traditional wisdom and folkways of the community - as an obstacle to progress and enlightenment.
    -- Christopher Lasch

    #Common Sense #Community #Progress

  • The left has lost touch with popular opinion, thereby making it possible for the right to present itself as the party of common sense.
    -- Christopher Lasch

    #Party #Common Sense #Lost Friendship

  • Extreme heroism springs from something that no scientific theory can fully explain; it's an illogical impulse that flies in the face of biology, psychology, actuarial statistics, and basic common sense.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Spring #Common Sense #Psychology

  • Composers aren't daring enough. They're afraid of that sacred idol called 'common sense', which is the most dreadful thing I know - after all, it's no more than a religion founded to excuse the ubiquity of imbeciles!
    -- Claude Debussy

    #Idols #Ubiquity #Common Sense

  • Today different ethnic groups and different nations come together due to common sense.
    -- Dalai Lama

    #Common Sense #Together #Groups

  • Small-scale fisheries should not be favoured over large-scale operations ebcause of romantic notions of rugged small operators battling both the elements and anonymous corporations. [They ought to be supported] because of the scientific evidence available to confirm the common-sense inference that local fishers, if given privileged access, will tend to avoid trashing their local stocks, while foreign fishers do not have such motivation.
    -- Daniel Pauly

    #Motivation #Common Sense #Elements

  • And I know that the younger generation is doing things that are so ingenious. And for them it's not a matter of a political belief or an environmental stance. It's really just common sense
    -- Daryl Hannah

    #Common Sense #Political #Environmental

  • A Keyring? Achievements? These are not WoW-specific things. They are common sense. They exist in the real world.
    -- David Allen

    #Real #Common Sense #Achievement

  • People are crying out for a Conservative Party that is decent, reasonable, common sense and in it for the long term of this country.
    -- David Cameron

    #Country #Party #Common Sense

  • Our best theories are not only truer than common sense, they make more sense than common sense.
    -- David Deutsch

    #Common Sense #Common #Theory

  • The common-sense notion that 'there is a time and a place for everything' gets carried into a set of prescriptions which replicate the social order by assigning social meanings to spaces and times.
    -- David Harvey

    #Order #Space #Common Sense

  • Because desperation breeds gullibility. People want to lose weight so much that their common sense shuts off.
    -- David L. Katz

    #People #Common Sense #Weight

  • Without a concise set of rules to follow we would probably all have to resort to common sense
    -- David Thorne

    #Common Sense #Common #Resorts

  • Use your brains, your common sense, and do not become an object. The way you look is important, but who you are and how you project it is eventually who you will become and how you will appear.
    -- Diane von Furstenberg

    #Common Sense #Brain #Important

  • I have confidence in people's basic common sense.
    -- Dixie Lee Ray

    #Confidence #People #Common Sense

  • The mind of man has no defense To equal plain, old common sense. This homely virtue don't despise, If you would be happy as well as wise.
    -- Don Herold

    #Wise #Men #Common Sense

  • Common sense in religion is rare, and we are too often trying to be heroic instead of just ordinarily good and kind.
    -- Dorothy Day

    #Common Sense #Trying #Heroic

  • You don't have to know anything about a subject as long as you use common sense and imagination, plus enthusiasm! I use all periods of design in my work, for, after all, decorative styles are simply indications of a manner of living.
    -- Dorothy Draper

    #Long #Common Sense #Imagination

  • There has to be a common sense cutoff for craziness, and when that threshold is exceeded, then the criteria for publication should get far, far more stringent.
    -- Douglas Hofstadter

    #Common Sense #Craziness #Threshold

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

    #Inspirational #Common Sense #Genius

  • It is only common sense to recognize that the great bulk of Americans, whether Republican or Democrat, face many common problems and agree on a number of basic objectives.
    -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

    #Numbers #Common Sense #Faces

  • It makes sense that there is no sense without God.
    -- Edith Schaeffer

    #Common Sense #Common #Make Sense

  • Why can't we simply borrow what is useful to us from Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, especially Zen, as we borrow from Christianity, science, American Indian traditions and world literature in general, including philosophy, and let the rest go hang? Borrow what we need but rely principally upon our own senses, common sense and daily living experience.
    -- Edward Abbey

    #Philosophy #Buddhism #Common Sense

  • Truth is merely common sense, say the naive realist. Really? Then where, precisely, is the location of--a rainbow? In the air? In the eye? In between? Or somewhere else?
    -- Edward Abbey

    #Eye #Air #Common Sense

  • Common sense is only a modification of talent. Genius is an exaltation of it. The difference is, therefore, in degree, not nature.
    -- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

    #Nature #Differences #Common Sense

  • Mathematics is often erroneously referred to as the science of common sense. Actually, it may transcend common sense and go beyond either imagination or intuition. It has become a very strange and perhaps frightening subject from the ordinary point of view, but anyone who penetrates into it will find a veritable fairyland, a fairyland which is strange, but makes sense, if not common sense.
    -- Edward Kasner

    #Views #Common Sense #Imagination

  • I claim that relativity and the rest of modern physics is not complicated. It can be explained very simply. It is only unusual or, put another way, it is contrary to common sense.
    -- Edward Teller

    #Simple #Common Sense #Common

  • We live in a world changing so rapidly that what we mean frequently by common sense is doing the thing that would have been right last year.
    -- Edwin Land

    #Mean #Years #Common Sense

  • Sydney Smith playfully says that common sense was invented by Socrates, that philosopher having been one of its most conspicuous exemplars in conducting the contest of practical sagacity against stupid prejudice and illusory beliefs.
    -- Edwin Percy Whipple

    #Stupid #Common Sense #Prejudice

  • In most old communities there is a common sense even in sensuality. Vice itself gets gradually digested into a system, is amenable to certain laws of conventional propriety and honor, has for its object simply the gratification of its appetites, and frowns with quite a conservative air on all new inventions, all untried experiments in iniquity.
    -- Edwin Percy Whipple

    #Air #Law #Common Sense

  • Faith is the effort to believe what your common sense tells you is not true.
    -- Elbert Hubbard

    #Faith #Believe #Common Sense

  • The obscurity, incredibility and obscenity, so conspicuous in many parts of it, would justly condemn the works of a modern writer. It contains a mixture of inconsistency and contradiction; to call which the word of God, is the highest pitch of extravagance: it is to attribute to the deity that which any person of common sense would blush to confess himself the author of.
    -- Elihu Palmer

    #Common Sense #Religion #Obscurity

  • I find a lot of people say, "Oh organic and local's expensive and I just don't have time." And I'm like, well how much TV do you watch? Where are your priorities right now? I always take the time to eat well and eat locally because it's common sense.
    -- Ellen Page

    #People #Common Sense #Priorities