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50 Common Sense Quotes from Wisdom Literature

Updated on July 27, 2017
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MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor is also an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topics.

Both Proverbs and Ecclesiastes are included in a small division of Old Testament books called wisdom literature. These books are credited to sages who possess:

  • wide knowledge of the created world;
  • special insight into human affairs;
  • exceptional good judgement on how to succeed in various aspects of life.

Who better to share counsel on common sense (the ability to make intelligent decisions especially in everyday matters) than these wise authors?

Both the aging and the youth will find these 50 common sense quotes (from the New Living Translation) relevant to several aspects of their daily lives.

"Wisdom ... takes her stand at the crossroads." Proverbs 8:1,2

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Character

Common sense and discernment . . . are like jewels on a necklace (Proverbs 3: 21, 22).

  1. Follow the steps of good men (Proverbs 2:20).
  2. To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction (Proverbs 12:1).
  3. A person with good sense is respected (Proverbs 13:15).
  4. From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive (Proverbs 16:23).
  5. As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person (Proverbs 27:19).
  6. Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride (Ecclesiastes 7:8).


Habits

People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives (Proverbs 16:2).

  1. Doing wrong leads to disgrace, and scandalous behavior brings contempt (Proverbs 18:3).
  2. The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences (Proverbs 18:21).
  3. Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor (Proverbs 18:12).
  4. If you love sleep, you will end in poverty (Proverbs 20:13).
  5. The person who strays from common sense will end up in the company of the dead (Proverbs 21:16).
  6. Never slander a worker to the employer, or the person will curse you, and you will pay for it. (Proverbs 30:10).
  7. Don’t eavesdrop on others—you may hear your servant curse you. For you know how often you yourself have cursed others (Ecclesiastes 7: 21, 22).
  8. Don’t make fun of the powerful, even in your own bedroom; for a little bird might deliver your message and tell them what you said (Ecclesiastes 10:20).


Health

Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones (Proverbs 3: 7, 8).

  1. A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones (Proverbs 14:30)
  2. A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health (Proverbs 15:30).
  3. Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body (Proverbs 16:24).
  4. Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction (Proverbs 18:20).
  5. Do you like honey? Don’t eat too much, or it will make you sick! (Proverbs 25:16).
  6. So refuse to worry, and keep your body healthy (Ecclesiastes 11:30).


Money

The earnings of the godly enhance their lives, but evil people squander their money on sin. (Proverbs 10:16).

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  1. The generous will prosper (Proverbs 11:25).
  2. Trust in your money and down you go! (Proverbs 11:28)
  3. It is senseless to pay to educate a fool, since he has no heart for learning (Proverbs 17:6).
  4. Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold (Proverbs 22:1).
  5. Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! (Ecclesiastes 5:10)
  6. Wisdom is even better when you have money. Both are a benefit as you go through life (Ecclesiastes 7:11).


Relationships

There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).

  1. Drink water from your own well— share your love only with your wife (Proverbs 5:15).
  2. The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends (Proverbs 11:30).
  3. A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate (Proverbs 15:17).
  4. Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends (Proverbs 17:9).
  5. To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry (Proverbs 25:12).
  6. An open rebuke is better than hidden love! (Proverbs 27:5)


Aging

Enjoy ourselves as long as we can (Ecclesiastes 3:12).

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  1. Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren (Proverbs 13:22).
  2. Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged (Proverbs 17:6).
  3. The gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old (Proverbs 20:29).
  4. There is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can (Ecclesiastes 3:12).
  5. We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born. We can’t take our riches with us (Ecclesiastes 5:15).
  6. When people live to be very old, let them rejoice in every day of life (Ecclesiastes 11:8).


Youth

Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore” (Ecclesiastes 12:1).

  1. A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace (Proverbs 10:5).
  2. The glory of the young is their strength (Proverbs 20:29).
  3. My child, listen and be wise: Keep your heart on the right course (Psalm 23:19).
  4. Young people who obey the law are wise; those with wild friends bring shame to their parents (Proverbs 28:7).
  5. Young people, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do. (Ecclesiastes 11:9)
  6. So now, my sons, listen to me. Never stray from what I am about to say: Stay away from her [the immoral woman]! Don’t go near the door of her house! (Proverbs 5: 7, 8)


Work

Most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. . . Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind (Ecclesiastes 4: 4, 6).

  1. A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense (Proverbs 12:11).
  2. Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty! (Proverbs 14:23)
  3. As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit, so workers who protect their employer’s interests will be rewarded (Proverbs 27:18).
  4. There is nothing better for people than to be happy in their work. That is our lot in life (Ecclesiastes 3:22).
  5. People who work hard sleep well, whether they eat little or much. But the rich seldom get a good night’s sleep (Ecclesiastes 5:12).
  6. Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 22 months ago from The Caribbean

      Hari, glad you appreciate it. My pleasure!

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      Hari Prasad S 22 months ago from Bangalore

      Very useful MsDora. Thanks for your generosity to make such a hub and sharing it for us.

      - Hari

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 22 months ago from The Caribbean

      Abbaelijah, so glad that you benefited from this hub. Thank you for letting me know.

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      Abba Elijah aka elijagod 22 months ago from Nigeria

      hey!

      thanks a whole deal!

      I really gain from this hub.

      thanks a lot for taking the time to compute this

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Lisa, we may never learn them all, but it helps to read them as often as we can. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Although I was familiar with many of these proverbs and quotes; there were many I was not. Thank you for writing this hub.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Romeos, for the wise counsel you added to this topic. There is so much personal and interpersonal benefit from heeding Scriptural messages.

      Thanks also for your regards toward my mother and me. We're holding and pressing on together with God's help.

      The very best to you also.

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      Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Another great Hub article MsDora; it's good to have the reminder especially where the wrong words can take you where you don't want to be in the heat of a passing moment - it's all too easy to let your tongue cut your throat but these firmly embedded nails are sure to remedy such an unwholesome situation.

      I hope you and your dear mum are doing well today.

      Kind Regards;

      R.Q.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Pastor Bill, practice, practice, practice as I also need to do while depending on God for empowerment. Thanks for your kind words.

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      William Kovacic 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Dora,

      What a wonderful way you broke wisdom down. Now if I can only begin to apply it. I'm going through the book of Ecclesiastes on Sunday mornings at my church. It's certainly been a blessing, as is your hub. Thanks!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Lady E, a pleasant, productive week to you too. When it comes to favorites, I pick one today and change it tomorrow according to how they fit. Thanks for your kind comment.

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      Elena 2 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for sharing very wise words. It's hard to even pick a favourite and I am certainly more the wiser for reading them. Have a great week.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Denise, you're blessed. Parents who use base their instructions in the scriptures usually get good results. Thanks for your comment.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      It is interesting to find out that many of the things my parents taught me have roots in the scriptures! Awesome advice!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Nell, I believe that is the case. Perhaps if we remember their source we would take them more seriously. Thanks for your observation.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      So many of these are used in everyday life, we have forgotten where they came from, wonderful quotes and advice, and what we should all take notice of, nell

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Frank. Praying that I will always have something that does you good to take away. I appreciate your kind support.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Msdora, I always feel compelled to visit and take away something from your hubs.. I don't know if that's intentional or not.. but thank you...

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Chitrangada, thanks for your encouragement. Glad you got the gist of that picture. Without wisdom, how would we know which road to take?

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Patsybell, thanks for your lovely comment. Hope your day remains pleasant and productive.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wise words of wisdom and some very nice and inspirational quotes! We need to be reminded of them everyday.

      I loved your top picture and the proverb attached with it, "Wisdom--takes her stand at the crosswords---" So true!

      Thanks for sharing this excellent hub, voted up!

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      What a delight. This hub brightened my day. Thank you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Patricia, glad you find the quotes useful. Thanks for your very kind comment -- and always for the angels.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Dr. Bill, to me also. Glad you like the quotes.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      What a great collection...number 5 under character is my favorite. I am bookmarking this to refer to often.

      Thanks for sharing this with us.

      Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

      Voted up++++ shared g+ tweeted

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Common sense appeals to me. Thank you for sharing! ;-)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Blossom. There are so many ways to revel in the truth of Scripture, and I like them all.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Don, I agree with your observation. Some may be quoting Bible without knowing it. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      What a great hub! It's put together so well, it's interesting and you must have spent so much time researching for it. So well done!

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      Don A. Hoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Many of these words of wisdom, I think, have often come don to us worded differently due to translations and folk repeating them through the years.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Shauna, that's a challenge, so we keep on trying. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      All great words to live by, Dora!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Word, I appreciate your feedback. You're always an encouragement.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Alicia, my pleasure to share from Scripture. Thank you for your comment.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Michael, so good to "see" you. I always appreciate your encouraging comment.

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Dora, these are needing quotes to live by, Can't go wrong with them, Great Bible verses of wisdom. Very well brought together. Thank you! Voted up!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      There is a lot of very useful advice in these quotes, Dora. Thank you for sharing them.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Greater reminder MsDAora coming from the Book of wisdom"Common Sense' - originated by the Creator who rules the universe by it. (My commonsense belief.) Since we are passing by on this planet earth, these quotes stabilize walking on the narrow road leading to the narrow gate . ..

      Voted up, useful, beautiful.

      Peace.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Manatita, so encouraged when you like my work! Thank you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Kiss and Tales, they are reminders for both you and me. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Faith, I know that you can relate both to kind words and grand parenting. Isn't it wonderful when the Scriptures just fall in our laps with such great satisfaction? Have a blessed week, also.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Jill, you picked a great one. Thanks for commenting and have a great week!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank, Jackie. I love sharing the Scriptures. Thanks for your encouraging comment.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Extremely beautiful quotes from Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Food for the Soul. Have a pleasant Sunday evening. Much Peace.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Wonderful bible quotes that really work.

      Thank you for these reminders in scriptures.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Wonderful hub for this beautiful Sunday afternoon, MsDora!

      Yes, common sense indeed. I love reading Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.

      I love them all, but especially am mindful to take to heart "Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body." (Proverbs 16:24).

      and

      "Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged." (Proverbs 17:6).

      Thank you for taking the time to share of the wisdom of these useful scripture.

      Up and more and sharing, etc.

      Peace and blessings to you and yours always

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      Jill Spencer 2 years ago from United States

      Thanks for these. My favorite (at least for today) is "Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride" (Ecclesiastes 7:8). That's something I need to remember.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      These certainly give us much to think about; don't they? Faith and I just discussing reading a persons eyes for trustworthiness and I said possibly that ability comes through the Holy Spirit. I would love to think so.

      Always so much food for thought in all your articles! Love them. ^+

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Venkatachari, I agree with you totally. So we need the reminders. Thank you for your comment.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Many interesting quotes and messages shared. One can become a great person by following these advices and tips. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Froggy, a pleasure to remind you and me both. Thanks and God bless you, too.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Ann, even for us gray heads, there is inspiration. One day at a time, you're heading there and all will be well. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Greg Boudonck 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Thank you for the reminder of all the great wisdom Proverbs has to offer us MsDora. God bless you.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      A wonderful collection of wise quotes. I especially like 'The gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.' I hope I'm wise enough to live up to it and pass it on to my grandchildren!

      Yes, we could all do with living by these sayings.

      Great hub, Dora!

      Ann

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, thank you. Yes, I love reading and studying the Bible. I still need to be consistent in living it.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, thank you. "Wisdom never goes out of style."

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Flourish, perhaps the translation changes the wording so much that you may not recognize some you really know. However, there'll always be something new to learn. Thanks for your comment.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Whonu, thanks for your glowing affirmation. We do need guidance, and what better source is there?

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What a great way to start my day. We have been given so much by which to live by through our beloved Bible. Thank you for putting them together so nicely here. Your own delight in them shines through in your writing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm thinking that a life lived using these are beacons would be a good life indeed. Wisdom never goes out of style. Thanks for the inspiration on this Sunday morning.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Many of these I had not heard of so thank you for this very nice collection. Voted up and more.

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Many want to criticize the Bible and the Old and New Testaments. If they only realized it is a guide written by the hand of men...inspired by our God. Thank you very much MsDora and keep on spreading the good messages. whonu