Quotes of Commonplace

“ Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen. ”

- Willa Cather

“ Originality is the one thing unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of. ”

- John Stuart Mill

“ The characteristic of the hour is that the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be commonplace, has the assurance to proclaim the rights of the commonplace and to impose them wherever it will. ”

- Jose Ortega y Gasset

“ If to be interesting is to be un-commonplace, it is becoming a question with me, if there are any commonplace people. ”

- Mark Twain

“ I think there's something degrading about having a husband for a rival. It's humiliating if you fail and commonplace if you succeed. ”

- Christopher Hampton

“ Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace. ”

- Elbert Hubbard

“ Nothing is so commonplace has the wish to be remarkable. ”

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

“ We can escape the commonplace only by manipulating it, controlling it, thrusting it into our dreams or surrendering it to the free play of our subjectivity. ”

- Raoul Vaneigem

“ Who would wish to be among the commonplace crowd of the little famous — who are each individually lost in a throng made up of themselves? ”

- John Keats

“ The art of government is not to let me grow stale. ”

- Napoleon Bonaparte

“ Free speech is intended to protect the controversial and even outrageous word; and not just comforting platitudes too mundane to need protection. ”

- General Colin Powell

“ I believe that natural history has lost much by the vague general treatment that is so common. ”

- Ernest Thompson Seton

“ Genius is nothing more than common faculties refined to a greater intensity. There are no astonishing ways of doing astonishing things. All astonishing things are done by ordinary materials. ”

- Benjamin Haydon

“ No one is ever ordinary. ”

- Tanith Lee

“ I guess it's a cliche, but I can't think of anybody who didn't like him. ”

- Dennis Weaver

“ Thou unassuming common-place of Nature, with that homely face. ”

- William Wordsworth

“ Take a commonplace, clean it and polish it, light it so that it produces the same effect of youth and freshness and originality and spontaneity as it did originally, and you have done a poet's job. The rest is literature. ”

- Jean Cocteau

“ It is surely a matter of common observation that a man who knows no one thing intimately has no views worth hearing on things in general. The farmer philosophizes in terms of crops, soils, markets, and implements, the mechanic generalizes his experiences of wood and iron, the seaman reaches similar conclusions by his own special road; and if the scholar keeps pace with these it must be by an equally virile productivity. ”

- Charles Horton Cooley

“ What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes. Take fifty of our current proverbial sayings — they are so trite, so threadbare. None the less they embody the concentrated experience of the race, and the man who orders his life according to their teachings cannot be far wrong… ”

- Norman Douglas

“ Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. ”

- Charles Mingus

“ No affectation of peculiarity can conceal a commonplace mind. ”

- W. Somerset Maugham

“ The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace. ”

- Goethe

“ The workshop of character is everyday life. The uneventful and commonplace hour is where the battle is lost or won. ”

- Maltbie D. Babcock

“ It is in the everyday and the commonplace that we learn patience, acceptance, and contentment. ”

- Richard J. Foster

“ Buried deep in the maze of commonplace, the pearl of true happiness lies. And he who rejoices in little things, finds the pathway that leads to the prize. ”

- Lucy M. Thompson

“ Commonplace people dislike tragedy because they dare not suffer and cannot exult. ”

- John Masefield

“ Genius is personality with a penny's worth of talent. Error which chances to rise above the commonplace. ”

- Pablo Picasso

“ Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions. ”

- Samuel Butler

“ Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting. ”

- Gertrude Stein

“ Talent isn't genius, and no amount of energy can make it so. I want to be great, or nothing. I won't be a commonplace dauber, so I don't intend to try any more. ”

- Louisa May Alcott
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