C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


What thin partitions sense from thought divide!


The hand of little employment hath the daintier sense.


You are an annihilator of sense.


He had used the word in its Pickwickian sense.


You cram these words into mine ears, against the stomach of my sense.


  • Whatsoever contradicts my sense,
  • I hate to see, and never can believe.
  • Roscommon.

    He who loses not his senses in certain things has no senses to lose.


    The trouble with men of sense is that they are so dreadfully in earnest all the while.


  • ’Tis use alone that sanctifies expense
  • And splendor borrows all her rays from sense.
  • Pope.

  • Good sense, which only is the gift of heaven,
  • And though no science, fairly worth the seven.
  • Pope.

    If Poverty is the Mother of Crimes, want of Sense is the Father.

    De La Bruyère.

    Good sense and good nature are never separated, though the ignorant world has thought otherwise.


    How many people there are who are desperate by too quick a sense of a constant infelicity!

    Jeremy Taylor.

  • Him of the western dome, whose weighty sense
  • Flows in fit words and heavenly eloquence.
  • Dryden.

  • Of plain sound sense life’s current coin is made;
  • With that we drive the most substantial trade.
  • Young.

    It is commonly a dangerous thing for a man to have more sense than his neighbors. Socrates paid for his superiority with his life; and if Aristotle saved his skin, it; was by taking to his heels in time.


    Fine sense and exalted sense are not half so useful as common sense; there are forty men of wit for one man of good sense; and he that will carry nothing about with him but gold, will be every day at a loss for readier change.


  • Sense is our helmet, wit is but the plume;
  • The plume exposes, ’tis our helmet saves.
  • Sense is the diamond, weighty, solid, sound;
  • When cut by wit, it casts a brighter beam;
  • Yet, wit apart, it is a diamond still.
  • Young.

    To act with common sense, according to the moment, is the best wisdom I know; and the best philosophy, to do one’s duties, to take the world as it comes, submit respectfully to one’s lot, bless the goodness that has given us so much happiness with it, whatever it is, and despise affectation.

    Horace Walpole.

    All the beautiful orders of architecture and creations of the pencil, all the conceptions of the beautiful in nature and art and humanity, are inventions extorted, as it were, from the mind to extend and increase the pleasures of sense.

    Elihu Burritt.