|S. Austin Allibone, comp. Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay. 1880.|
| Common sense is a phrase employed to denote that degree of intelligence, sagacity, and prudence, which is common to all men.|
| Common sense meant once something very different from that plain wisdom, the common heritage of men, which we now call by this name, having been bequeathed to us by a very complex theory of the senses, and of a sense which was the common bond of them all, and which passed its verdicts on the reports which they severally made of it.|
Richard C. Trench.