Sense Quotes

A man loses his sense of direction after four drinks; a woman loses hers after four kisses.

Henry Louis Mencken

What we truly and earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are. The mere aspiration, by changing the frame of the mind, for the moment realizes itself.

Anna Jameson

The nonsense that charms is close to sense.

Mason Cooley

Nonsense is that which does not fit into the prearranged patterns which we have superimposed on reality...Nonsense is nonsense only when we have not yet found that point of view from which it makes sense.

Gary Zukav

The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.

Carl Jung

Common sense, in so far as it exists, is all for the bourgeoisie. Nonsense is the privilege of the aristocracy. The worries of the world are for the common people.

George Jean Nathan

A lot of the fun lies in trying to penetrate the mystery; and this is best done by saying over the lines to yourself again and again, till they pass through the stage of sounding like nonsense, and finally return to a full sense that had at first escaped notice.

Anthony Hecht

Nonsense is good only because common sense is so limited.

George Santayana

Good sense about trivialities is better than nonsense about things that matter.

Sir Max Beerbohm

Nonsense is to sense, as shade to light; it heightens effect.

Frederick Saunders

Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited.

George Santayana

Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man.

Amos Bronson Alcott

Authority is not a quality one person "has," in the sense that he has property or physical qualities. Authority refers to an interpersonal relation in which one person looks upon another as somebody superior to him.

Erich Fromm

Words, as every one now knows, "mean" nothing by themselves, although the belief that they did ... was once equally universal. It is only when a thinker makes use of them that they stand for anything, or, in one sense, have "meaning."

Ogden & Richards

Yet human intelligence has another force, too: the sense of urgency that gives human smarts their drive. Perhaps our intelligence is not just ended by our mortality; to a great degree, it is our mortality.

Adam Gopnik
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