80+ Best Common Sense Quotes To Get You Feeling Savvy

Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Dec 12, 2023 By Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Originally Published on Mar 17, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
Man Writing Common Sense on a Glass.

Common sense is an integral part of leading a healthy life.

Not only does it play a very important role in practical matters but also because it helps make sound judgments in day-to-day life.

Having common sense makes you manage everyday problems with less effort and come up with solutions with ease. A commonsensical person is not only reliable but is also sturdy and will provide support to people around them.

They are easily dependable because of their great sense of judgment and responsibility. Here is a list of some common sense quotes to sharpen your mind and boost your personality.

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Famous Quotes On Common Sense

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Here is a list of some famous common-sense sayings by famous people like Einstein to feel savvy about. Check out the list of common sense quotes.

1. "Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius."

-George Bernard Shaw.

2. "Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson.

3. "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, 'The Light In The Heart'.

4. "Sense is never common."

-Robert A. Heinlein, 'Time Enough For Love'.

5. "Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."

-Albert Einstein.

6. "Common sense is what tells us the earth is flat."

-Stuart Chase, 'Language In Thought And Action'.

7. "The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense."

-Thomas A. Edison.

8. "No brilliance is needed in the law. Nothing but common sense, and relatively clean finger nails."

-John Mortimer.

9. "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.

10. "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.

11. "Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense."


12. "Philosophy is common sense with big words."

-James Madison.

13. "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 Picture of Dorian Gray'.

14. "Common sense will nearly always stand you in better stead than a slavish adherence to the conventions."

-M. M. Kaye, 'Shadow Of The Moon'.

15. "It was not curiosity that killed the goose who laid the golden egg, but an insatiable greed that devoured common sense."

-E. A. Bucchianeri.

16. "Common sense is seeing things as they are; and doing things as they ought to be."

-Harriet Beecher Stowe.

17. "Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom."

-Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

18. "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, 'The Angel's Game'.

19. "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.

20. "Common sense is not so common."

-Voltaire, 'A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary'.

Greatest Quotes About Common Sense

You will love these amazing common sense quotes that will help you boost your morale and personality. It also includes lack of common sense quotes to warn people of the hazardous effects it can have on daily life. Check out the list of common sense quotes.

21. "Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact."

-Thomas Huxley.

22. "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.

23. "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.

24. "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, 'Showing Common Sense'.

25. "Common sense is perhaps the most equally divided, but surely the most underemployed, talent in the world."

-Christine Collange.

26. "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.

27. "Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of, education."

-Victor Hugo.

28. "I can never fear that things will go far wrong where common sense has fair play."

-Thomas Jefferson .

29. "Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson.

30. "I always take the time to eat well and eat locally because it's common sense."

-Ellen Page.

31. "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.

32. "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.

33. "Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson.

34. "The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next."

-Henry Ward Beecher.

35. "Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited,"

-George Santayana.

36. "Blasphemy is an epithet bestowed by superstition upon common sense."

-Robert G. Ingersoll.

37. "The wisdom of the wise is an uncommon degree of common sense."

-William Inge.

38. "He's a man of great common sense and good taste, meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage."

-George Bernard Shaw.

39. "We all run the risk of thinking that people have common sense sometimes."


40. "What is common sense isn't common practice."

-Stephen Covey.

Thomas Paine 'Common Sense' Quotes

Thomas Paine, who was one of the Founding Fathers Of The United States was also famous for his book titled 'Common Sense'. Here is a list of 'Common Sense' book quotes and other common-sense Thomas Paine quotes. These quotes will help you in learning about this book. So, check out the best quotes from the book.

41. "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom."

-Thomas Paine, 'Common Sense'.

42. "For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries, the law ought to be King, and there ought to be no other."

-Thomas Paine, 'Common Sense'.

43. "The more men have to lose, the less willing are they to venture."

-Thomas Paine, 'Common Sense'.

44. "It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies; yet our present numbers are sufficient to repel the force of all the world."

-Thomas Paine, 'Common Sense'.

45. "For as we are never in a proper condition of doing justice to others, while we continue under the influence of some leading partiality, so neither are we capable of doing it to ourselves while we remain fettered by any obstinate prejudice."

-Thomas Paine, 'Common Sense'.

46. "Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppressions. Experience and right are different things."

-Thomas Paine, 'Common Sense'.

47. "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'.

48. "Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one."

-Thomas Paine, 'Common Sense'.

49. "I draw my idea of the form of government from a principle in nature, which no art can overturn, viz. that the more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be disordered, and the easier repaired when disordered."

-Thomas Paine, 'Common Sense'.

50. "Common sense will tell us, that the power which hath endeavoured to subdue us, is of all others, the most improper to defend us."

-Thomas Paine, 'Common Sense'.

51. "Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness."

-Thomas Paine, 'Common Sense'.

52. "Mankind being originally equals in the order of creation, the equality could only be destroyed by some subsequent circumstance."

-Thomas Paine, 'Common Sense'.

53. "The rich are in general slaves to fear, and submit to courtly power with the trembling duplicity of a Spaniel."

-Thomas Paine, 'Common Sense'.

54. "One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of hereditary right in kings, is, that nature disapproves it, otherwise, she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ass for a lion."

-Thomas Paine, 'Common Sense'.

55. "Time makes more converts than reason."

-Thomas Paine, 'Common Sense'.

56. "Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society."

-Thomas Paine, 'Common Sense'.

57. "From the errors of other nations, let us learn wisdom."

-Thomas Paine, 'Common Sense'.

Relevant Common Sense Quotes

Here is a list of some motivational quotations about common sense. Check out the list of common sense quotes. These quotes will are not only funny but will also help in learning. So, check these quotes out below.

58. "Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense."

-Gertrude Stein.

59. "Common sense often makes good law."

–William O. Douglas.

60. "There is nothing more uncommon than common sense."

-Frank Lloyd Wright.

61. "Common sense is the best sense I know of."

-Lord Chesterfield.

62. "I am confident that, in the end, common sense and justice will prevail."

-Cat Stevens.

63. "Many sophisticated, intelligent people lack wisdom and common sense."

-Joyce Meyer.

64. "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.

65. "The truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified."

-Thomas H. Huxley.

66. "If a man has common sense, he has all the sense there is."

–Sam Rayburn.

67. "When unsure how to solve a problem, use your common sense."

-Catherine Pulsifer.

68. "Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense."

-Josh Billings.

69. "Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius."

-An Wang.

70. "Common sense is the genius of humanity."

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

71. "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.

72. "Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants."

William Osler.

73. "My biggest skill is common sense. I understand life."

–Jurgen Klopp.

74. "Never assume the obvious is true."

–William Safire.

75. "Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to."

–George Seaton.

76. "Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense."

–Julian Casablancas.

77. "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.

78. "Knowledge counts but common sense matters."

― LouAnne Johnson.

79. "Dear child, there are few problems in life which kindness and common sense cannot make simple and manageable."

― Mary Burchell.

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

― Lord Kelvin.

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Written by Rajnandini Roychoudhury

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

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Rajnandini RoychoudhuryBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

With a Master of Arts in English, Rajnandini has pursued her passion for the arts and has become an experienced content writer. She has worked with companies such as Writer's Zone and has had her writing skills recognized by publications such as The Telegraph. Rajnandini is also trilingual and enjoys various hobbies such as music, movies, travel, philanthropy, writing her blog, and reading classic British literature. 

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