77 Common Sense Quotes To Help You Think Reasonably

“Common Sense” refers to the intrinsic capacity to understand circumstances rationally and make judgments that consider potential implications.

It represents solid judgment, frequently based on real life experiences and helps us through the intricacies of everyday existence.

We have compiled a thought-provoking collection of common sense quotes that represent the opinions of diverse persons to give insight into the worth and relevance of common sense.


These quotes will not only prompt you to consider your own sense of practical knowledge, but will also prompt you to consider the role that common sense plays in your life.

As you read through these informative common sense quotes, you might start wondering how much good judgment you use and how it effects your decisions and behaviors.

Top 10 Common Sense Quotes


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


Philosophy is common sense with big words. ~ James Madison.


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


Common sense is not so common. ~ Voltaire


I always take the time to eat well and eat locally because it’s common sense. ~ Ellen Page.


Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense. ~ Julian Casablancas.


Never assume the obvious is true. ~ William Safire.


The wisdom of the wise is an uncommon degree of common sense. ~ William Inge.


If a man has common sense, he has all the sense there is. ~ Sam Rayburn.


Genius ain’t anything more than elegant common sense. ~ Josh Billings.

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Famous Common Sense Quotes


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.

Sense is never common. ~ Robert A. Heinlein.


Every one of you is a super genius if you just focus your common sense. ~ Eliyahu Goldratt.

He’s a man of great common sense and good taste, meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage. ~ George Bernard Shaw.


Nice people with common sense do not make interesting characters. They only make good former spouses. ~ Isabel Allende.

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.


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

Best Common Sense Quotes

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


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

Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius. ~ Josh Billings.


Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance. ~ Thomas Paine.

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


Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common sense. ~ Helen Rowland.

Knowledge counts but common sense matters. ~ LouAnne Johnson.

Why is it that common sense is seldom common practice? ~ Eliyahu Goldratt.


Work hard, use your common sense and don’t be afraid to trust your instincts. ~ Fred L. Turner.

I am not saying that being educated is of no value, what I am saying is that many times experience brings common sense which is something that just reading a book or studying does not give you. ~ Catherine Pulsifer.


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

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


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.


The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. ~ Vladimir Nabokov.

Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have. ~ Rene Descartes.

Powerful Common Sense Quotes


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

In any war, the first casualty is common sense, and the second is free and open discussion. ~ James Reston.


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

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another, but above all try something. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt.


Science is simply common sense at its best, that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic. ~ Thomas Huxley.

Dear child, there are few problems in life which kindness and common sense cannot make simple and manageable. ~ Mary Burchell.


What is common sense isn’t common practice. ~ Stephen Covey.

Profound Common Sense Quotes

The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. ~ Vladimir Nabokov.


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

A lack of common sense usually ends in some heroic feat, much like the soldier who dives onto the grenade so that others may live. ~ Criss Jami.

Common Sense insists on the exceptional character of the American case, seeing it as an asylum for mankind, the last uncorrupted country and resting place for freedom. ~ Thomas Paine.


Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to. ~ George Seaton.

The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully. ~ Walter Lippmann.

Top 15 things money can’t buy: Time. Happiness. Inner peace. Integrity. Love. Character. Manners. Health. Respect. Morals. Trust. Patience. Class. Common sense. Dignity. ~ Roy T. Bennett.


It was not curiosity that killed the goose who laid the golden egg, but an insatiable greed that devoured common sense. ~ E. A. Bucchianeri.

Thought-Provoking Common Sense Quotes

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


No brilliance is needed in the law. Nothing but common sense, and relatively clean fingernails. ~ John Mortimer.

Time makes more converts than reason. ~ Thomas Paine.


Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited. ~ George Santayana.

It is not common sense to assert that those who have achieved success have done so because they are lucky or that they have never failed. ~ Catherine Pulsifer.

The failure to invest in youth reflects a lack of compassion and a colossal failure of common sense. ~ Coretta Scott King.

Positive Common Sense Quotes

Do not imagine that mathematics is hard and crabbed, and repulsive to common sense. It is merely the etherealization of common sense. ~ Lord Kelvin.

Common sense often makes good law. ~ William O. Douglas.


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

I am confident that, in the end, common sense and justice will prevail. ~ Cat Stevens.

Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Blasphemy is an epithet bestowed by superstition upon common sense. ~ Robert G. Ingersoll.

Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants. ~ William Osler.

There is nothing more uncommon than common sense. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright.

Wise Common Sense Quotes

Many sophisticated, intelligent people lack wisdom and common sense. ~ Joyce Meyer.

Common sense is what tells us the earth is flat. ~ Stuart Chase.

I can never fear that things will go far wrong where common sense has fair play. ~ Thomas Jefferson.


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

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 Zafón.

We all run the risk of thinking that people have common sense sometimes. ~ Hozier.

Thoughtful Common Sense Quotes

My biggest skill is common sense. I understand life. ~ Jurgen Klopp.

Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact. ~ Thomas Huxley.

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

The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next. ~ Matthew Arnold.

Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense. ~ Voltaire.

Success is not a matter of mastering subtle, sophisticated theory but rather of embracing common sense with uncommon levels of discipline and persistence. ~ Patrick Lencioni.

So these were the 77 top quotes about Common Sense.

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