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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
Sense; Senses
I am almost frightened out of my seven senses.
        Cervantes—Don Quixote. Pt. I. Bk. III. Ch. IX.
  Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves.
        Lewis Carroll—Alice in Wonderland. Ch. IX.
  He had used the word in its Pickwickian sense … he had merely considered him a humbug in a Pickwickian point of view.
        Dickens—Pickwick Papers. Ch. I. The quarrel in the Pickwick Club is a literal paraphrase of a scene in the House of Commons during a debate, April 17, 1823, when Brougham and Canning quarreled over an accusation which was decided should be taken as political, not personal.
Him of the western dome, whose weighty sense
Flows in fit words and heavenly eloquence.
        Dryden—Absalom and Achitophel. Pt. I. L. 868.
  They received the use of the five operations of the Lord and in the sixth place he imparted them understanding, and in the seventh speech, an interpreter of the cogitations thereof.
        Ecclesiasticus. XVII. 5.
Be sober, and to doubt prepense,
These are the sinews of good sense.
        Sir William Hamilton—Notes on Reid. From the Fragments of Epicharmus. 255.
Rarus enim ferme sensus communis in illa
  Generally common sense is rare in that (higher) rank.
        Juvenal—Satires. VIII. 73.
  If Poverty is the Mother of Crimes, want of Sense is the Father.
        La Bruyère—The Characters or Manners of the Present Age. Vol. II. Ch. II.
  Entre le bon sens et le bon goût il y a la différence de la cause à son effet.
  Between good sense and good taste there is the difference between cause and effect.
        La Bruyère—Les Caractères. XII.
Il n’est rien d’inutile aux personnes de sens.
  Sensible people find nothing useless.
        La Fontaine—Fables. V. 19.
Whate’er in her Horizon doth appear,
She is one Orb of Sense, all Eye, all aiery Ear.
        Henry More—Antidote against Atheism.
What thin partitions sense from thought divide.
        Pope—Essay on Man. Ep. I. L. 226. And thin partitions do their bounds divide. Dryden—Absalom and Achitophel.
Good sense which only is the gift of Heaven,
And though no science, fairly worth the seven.
        Pope—Moral Essays. Ep. IV. L. 43.
’Tis use alone that sanctifies expense
And splendor borrows all her rays from sense.
        Pope—Moral Essays. Ep. IV. L. 179.
Fool, ’tis in vain from wit to wit to roam:
Know, sense, like charity, begins at home.
Oft has good nature been the fool’s defence,
And honest meaning gilded want of sense.
        Shenstone—Ode to a Lady.
Huzzaed out of my seven senses.
        Spectator. No. 616. Nov. 5, 1774.
Le sens commun n’est pas si commun.
  Common sense is not so common.
        Voltaire—Philosophical Dict. Self Love.
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—Night Thoughts. Night VIII. L. 1,254.

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