Common Sense


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There are people who are so full of common sense that they haven't the slightest cranny left for their own sense
Common sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses
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
Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life
Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education
Common sense is the realised sense of proportion
Common sense is not so common
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen
Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is Genius
A man of great common sense and good taste - meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage
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