Common Sense Proverbs

Sayings about Common Sense

Seek advice but use your own common sense. ~ Yiddish Proverbs

Parents can give everything but common sense. ~ Yiddish Proverb

When you sweep stairs, start at the top. ~ German Proverbs

There’s no use asking the cow to pour you a glass of milk. ~ American Proverbs

When the bait’s worth more than the fish, it’s time to stop fishing. ~ American Proverb

Women and wine rid a man of his common sense. ~ Spanish Proverbs

If you put a rope around your neck, many people will be glad to drag you by it. ~ Egyptian Proverb

One pound of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to apply it. ~ Persian Proverbs

Don’t expect to be offered a chair when you are visiting a place where the chief sits on the floor. ~ African Proverb

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

Common sense is not so common. ~ French Proverbs

There are 40 kinds of lunacy, but only one kind of common sense. ~ African Proverb

The common property donkey is the worst saddled. ~ French Proverb

If you wish to drown, do not torture yourself with shallow water. ~ Bulgarian Proverbs

Do not tear down the east wall to repair the west wall. ~ Chinese Proverbs

Common sense hides shame. ~ Gaelic Proverb

He who does not have common sense at age thirty will never have it. ~ Traditional Proverb

Quotations about Common Sense

Common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. ~ Vladimir Nabokov

Common sense is calculation applied to life. ~ Henri Frederic Amiel

Common sense and nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult. ~ W. Somerset Maugham

There’s only one kind of common sense but a thousand varieties of stupidity. ~ Evan Esar

Common sense is seeing things as they are; and doing things as they ought to be. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

Common Sense is very uncommon. ~ Horace Greeley

Common sense is of itself an income. ~ George Webbe

When the philosopher’s argument becomes tedious, complicated, and opaque, it is usually a sign that he is attempting to prove as true to the intellect what is plainly false to common sense. ~ Edward Abbey

Common sense is the folklore of philosophy. ~ Antonio Gramsci

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. ~ John Berger

Nothing astonishes people so much as common sense and plain dealing. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it–even if I have said it–unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. ~ Peter Ustinov

Common sense is the genius of humanity. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Common sense is as rare as genius–is the basis of genius. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The restraining grace of common sense is the mark of all valid minds. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

My success was not based so much on any great intelligence but on great common sense. ~ Helen Gurley Brown

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. ~ Gertrude Stein

The only thing a person can never have too much of is common sense. ~ Kathryn Smith

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

Science is nothing, but trained and organized common sense. ~ Thomas H. Huxley

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. ~ Edgar Watson Howe

Common sense is not so common. ~ Voltaire

Common sense and a sense of humour are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense dancing. ~ William James

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

The best prophet is common sense, our native wit. ~ Euripides

Common sense appears to be only another name for the thoughtlessness of the unthinking. ~ W. Somerset Maugham

Common sense tells us that the world is flat, that the sun goes around the earth, that heavy bodies always fall faster than light bodies, that boats made of iron will sink. ~ Stuart Chase

Emotion makes the world go round, but common sense keeps it from going too fast. ~ Author Unknown

All truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified. ~ Thomas H. Huxley

Common sense is the average sensibility and intelligence of men undisturbed by individual peculiarities. ~ William R. Alger

Common sense has given to words their ordinary signification, and common sense is the genius of mankind.~ Francois Pierre G. Guizot

The essence of common sense is to stay in close contact with life as it is lived. ~ Scott P. Segrest

Common Sense and Education: The more you think you have of one, the less you think you need of the other. ~ Tom Heehler

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

The free-thinking of one age is the common sense of the next. ~ Matthew Arnold

The most uncommon form of intelligence is common sense. ~ Evan Esar

Common sense is judgment without reflection, shared by an entire class, an entire nation, or the entire human race. ~ Giambattista Vico

To be afraid is a sign of common sense. Only complete idiots are not afraid of anything. ~ Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Common Sense is in medicine the master workman. ~ Peter Latham

There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more common sense. ~ Don Herold

We know that the war against intelligence is always waged in the name of common sense. ~ Roland Barthes

Common sense is usually lack of imagination, and imagination is usually lack of common sense. ~ Evan Esar

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. ~ Raymond Chandler

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

That rarest gift to Beauty, Common Sense! ~ George Meredith

The question of common sense is “what is it good for?” A question which would abolish the rose and be answered triumphantly by the cabbage. ~ James Russell Lowell

Common sense is better than genius, and hence its bestowment is more universal. ~ Horace Mann

Common sense is not an issue in politics–it’s an affliction. ~ Will Rogers

Common sense is a flower that doesn’t grow in everyone’s garden. ~ Author Unknown

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 H. Land

Common Sense–that genius of mankind, which, when properly directed is the one attribute that will carry man and his kind successfully through the perplexities of life. ~ Yoritomo Tashi

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

Knowledge counts but common sense matters. ~ Louanne Johnson

Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses. ~ Leonardo Da Vinci

Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is Genius. ~ George Bernard Shaw

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

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

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

Good sense, disciplined by experience and inspired by goodness, issues in practical wisdom. ~ Samuel Smiles

He was one of those men who possess almost every gift, except the gift of the power to use them. ~ Charles Kingsley

No race of kings has ever presented above one man of common sense in twenty generations. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Common sense in one view is the most uncommon sense. While it is extremely rare in possession, the recognition of it is universal. All men feel it, though few men have it. ~ Henry Norman Hudson

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

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. ~ John Berger

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

Common sense is a phrase employed to denote that degree of intelligence, sagacity, and prudence which is common to all men. ~ William Fleming

Common sense is nature’s gift, but reason is an art. ~ James Beattie

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

If common sense has not the brilliancy of the sun, it has the fixity of the stars. ~ Fernan Caballero

Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education. ~ Victor Hugo

The most practical things in the world are common sense and common humanity. ~ Lady Nancy Astor

My greatest strength is… common sense. I’m really a standard brand — like Campbell’s tomato soup or Baker’s chocolate. ~ Katharine Hepburn

Common Sense Proverbs

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