Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen. However, one cannot put a quart in a pint cup.
Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done. The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.
I always try to believe the best of everybody -- it saves so much trouble.It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.
It may well be that our means are fairly limited and our possibilities restricted when it comes to applying pressure on our government. But is this a reason to do nothing? Despair is nor an answer. Neither is resignation. Resignation only leads to indifference, which is not merely a sin but a punishment.
That only a few, under any circumstances, protest against the injustice of long-established laws and customs, does not disprove the fact of the oppressions, while the satisfaction of the many, if real only proves their apathy and deeper degradation.
Disobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices.
Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings.
The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.
The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.
Instead of saying that man is the creature of circumstance, it would be nearer the mark to say that man is the architect of circumstance.
The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal and hasten the resurrection of the dead.