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Gebhard von BlücherThe philosophy of a generation is the common sense of the next.

—  Gebhard von Blücher, 1742-1819, German field marshal

VoltaireCommon sense is not so common.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

Samuel Taylor ColeridgeCommon sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.

—  Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, English poet & philosopher

Franklin RooseveltIt has always seemed to me that the best symbol of common sense was a bridge.

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

Pablo PicassoThe chief enemy of creativity is “good” sense.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Ralph Waldo EmersonCommon sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Albert EinsteinCommon sense is actually nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down in the mind prior to the age of eighteen.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Lord ChesterfieldCommon sense is the best sense I know of.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Victor HugoCommon sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Charles BaudelaireLet us beware of common folk, common sense, sentiment, inspiration, and the obvious.

—  Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867, French poet

Paul ValeryThat which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Henry David ThoreauAeschylus had a clear eye for the commonest things. His genius was only an enlarged common sense.

—  Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862, American writer

William JamesA sense of humor is just common sense dancing.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher


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