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Common Sense sayings, quotes and proverbs

Updated on December 31, 2012

Common Sense Quotes and Sayings

  • Common sense ain't common. ~ Will Rogers
  • Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has. ~ Rene Descartes
  • The best prophet is common sense, our native wit. ~ Euripides
  • The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common sense snuck in at number 79. ~ Douglas Adams
  • What a grand thing it is to be cleaver and have common sense. ~ Terence
  • Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are and doing things as they ought to be done. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • To see what is in front of one's nose requires a constant struggle. ~ George Orwell
  • If common sense has not the brilliancy of the sun, it has the fixity of the stars. ~Fernan Caballero
  • Common sense is genius dressed in it's working clothes. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • When unsure how to solve a problem, use your common sense. ~ Catherine Pulsifer
  • All truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified. ~ Thomas Henry Huxley
  • Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense dancing. ~ William James
  • Success is more a function of consistent common sense that it is of genius. ~ An Wang
  • Common sense is calculation applied to life. ~ Henri Frederic Amiel
  • It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense. ~ Robert G. Ingersoll
  • The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the nest. ~ Henry Ward Beecher
  • Common sense is nature's gift, but reason is an art. ~ James Beattie
  • Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to. ~ George Seaton
  • Common sense and good nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult. ~ William Somerset Maugham
  • 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 biggest shortage of all is the shortage of common sense. ~ Unknown


Common Sense Proverbs

  • He who does not have common sense at age thirty will never have it.
  • Fate deals the cards, but we have to play them.
  • A day without sunshine is like, well, night.
  • I started out with nothing and I still have most of it.
  • Haste makes waste.
  • The dog that barks does not bite.
  • Seek advice but use your own common sense.
  • Never insult an alligator until after you have crossed a river.
  • What you don't see with your eyes, don't invent with your mouth.
  • He who laughs last thinks slowest.
  • Live together like brothers, do business like strangers.
  • A rich man's joke is a always funny.
  • You reap what you sew.
  • Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.
  • A handful of common sense is worth a bushel of learning.
  • Most people are only alive because it is illegal to shoot them.
  • It is better to be alone than in bad company.
  • Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.
  • Anything that doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
  • On the other hand you have different fingers.
  • A stitch in time saves nine.
  • Don't go fishing wile your house is on fire.
  • A penny saved is a penny earned.
  • You can't have everything...where would you put it?
  • I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.
  • The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it.
  • Seen it all, done it all, can't remember most of it.
  • It's not cheating unless you get caught.
  • If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again.
  • Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
  • Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
  • Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      BKCreative, I also use sayings and proverbs in class. It really makes the students think. I love how differently they explain what they mean. There seems to be a woeful lack of common sense these days.

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Love quotes and proverbs!

      Surprsingly - when I was teaching - nothing had a greater impact on the students than proverbs. I used them to start a lesson so the students would start thinking and have some opinions. It always worked.

      I'm going to share that proverb about 'He who doesn't have common sense by age 30...' when I see a friend next week. We're both in our early 60s and were shocked at how silly some of our old friends/colleagues are that we are catching up with - but wait - they had no common sense, even when they turned 30. Yikes!

      Rated up!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Kalmalesh050, thanks for reading. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Kamalesh050 6 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Very enjoyable read and so interesting! Thanks for sharing.

      Best Wishes.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      viveresperando, I'm glad you enjoyed them. I love that you will be putting them to use.

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      viveresperando 6 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      These are awesome! :) Going to have to use a couple here and there in my scrapbooks! :) Thanks for commenting on my article!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks Pinkchic. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I have to agree with Will Rogers: "Common sense ain't common."

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      Sarah Carlsley 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Love these quotes, they're fun to read and always so true!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      PegCole17, I like that saying and Common sense ain't common. I think because unfortunately, it's so true.

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I like this one, "Live together like brothers, do business like strangers". And many more. These are great.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Step, it is a great quote. I also like "What a grand thing it is to be cleaver and have common sense". Thanks for stopping in.

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      Step1234567 6 years ago

      Very Deep . I especially liked George Orwell's quotes "To see what is in front of one's nose requires a constant struggle. ~"very true

      Thank you for sharing

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks kasiapl. Coomon Sense or lack of it can be funny.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from New Jersey , USA

      Really great and funny hehe

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Penny Circle, thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm afraid its true, there is a lack of common sense.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks parduc. I appreciate the comment, glad you enjoyed it.

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      parduc 6 years ago from Kos island, Greece

      Voted up, awesome-hilarious quotes! Thanks for the good laugh!

      Liv

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thank you very much, nflagator. I appreciate the comment.

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      nflagator 6 years ago from North Florida

      And enjoyable read to start my day. Thx

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      MyMastiffPuppies, I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's true there are some that seem to have been absent when the common sense genes were handed out. :)

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      MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

      What a way to brighten the day! Love this hub so I bookmarked to read again and again. Seems like common sense is hard to find these days, thanks for reminding me there are a few out there who still have it. Voted up, awesome and useful...

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Kim, I try to include unusual quotes when I can find them. I'm glad you enjoyed them.

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      Kim Lynn 6 years ago

      Loved it and saw a few I haven't seen.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      lyjo, I am beginning to think that common sense isn't common. At least from where I sit it doesn't seen to be.

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      lyjo 6 years ago

      Love these quotes, particularly the first one..."Common sense ain't common"

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks ladybird. I appreciate your visit.

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      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Wonderful mix of quotes, I just love them and had to write a few in my journal that I hadn't read before. Thanks for sharing!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks diva. I enjoyed sharing them. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Kalpana Iyer 7 years ago from India

      A good collection of common sense quotes. Enjoyed going through all of them from start to finish!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks Shil it is a great quote. And it sounds just like what you would imagine would come out of Wll Rogers mouth.

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      Shil1978 7 years ago

      Thank you KKG for this hub. I loved the first quote in particular, "Common sense ain't common." Loved that :)

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks for stopping by sarovai.

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      sarovai 7 years ago

      Thank u for sharing common sense proverbs.Very useful proverbs.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks Patti Ann, it's always nice to hear from you.

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      Patti Ann 7 years ago from Florida

      These are great! Fantastic job - as usual! Voted this one up!