Common Sense Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old common sense quotes, common sense sayings, and common sense proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

Common sense is calculation applied to life.     

Henri Fr_d_ric Amiel

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

Victor Hugo

Common sense is the ability to see things as they are without prejudice and do things as they ought to be done without influence of any kind.     

Josh Billings

Common sense is an instinct given to man and enough of it is genius. Smartness is measured by the level of common sense one has, not by how much educated or knowledgeable he is.     

Josh Billings

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

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Common sense and nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult.     

W. Somerset Maugham

Common sense hides shame.     

Gaelic Proverb

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Albert Einstein

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.     


It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.     

Robert Green

Common sense is strengthened by joy.     

Rebbe Nachman Of Breslov

Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.     

Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

Henry Ward Beecher

Common sense is the foundation of all authorities, of the laws themselves, and of their construction.     

Thomas Jefferson

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

Common sense, alas in spite of our educational institutions, is a rare commodity.     

Christian Nestell Bovee

Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius.     

George Bernard Shaw

Common sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses.     

Leonardo da Vinci

A handful of common sense is worth a bushel of learning.     


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

Catherine Pulsifer

Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense; no one thinks he needs more of it than he already had.     


No one tests the depth of a river with both feet.     

Ashanti Proverb

Stupid is forever, ignorance can be fixed.     

Don Wood

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

Gertrude Stein

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

One pound of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to apply it.     


He who does not have common sense at age thirty will never have it.     


The voice of the Lord is the voice of common sense, which is shared by all that is.     

Samuel Butler