Today is Halloween. The only reason I mention it is figuring out if the number 13 is significant or not. My vote is “not”, but it is Halloween.

Common sense isn’t sense common to everyone, but having sense about common things.

I’ve been sharing this quote for thirty-five years. I no longer remember who said it first, but it was back in the days when I paid attention to everything Warren Blanding said. I knew Warren from my service as a board member of the International Customer Service Association back in the early 80s.

My memory attributes this to Warren, but I can’t prove it and my memory isn’t the authority on much these days. (Grin.)

Warren was a trail-blazer in the time when customer service was transitioning from complaint department to the upper echelon of corporate hierarchy. He will forever hold the title, Father of Customer Service.

What more can be said about common sense?

I’ve said my piece, but let me offer thoughts from a few others you may be familiar with:

Common Sense Quotes:

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33

“In the early ages of the world, according to the scripture chronology, there were no kings; the consequence of which was there were no wars; it is the pride of kings which throws mankind into confusion.”
― Thomas Paine, Common Sense

“Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it.”
― George Carlin

Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered. – Provers 28:26

“Because you can’t argue with all the fools in the world. It’s easier to let them have their way, then trick them when they’re not paying attention.”
― Christopher Paolini

“Common sense is not so common.”
― Voltaire, A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary

Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly. – Proverbs 16:22

“I mean, you could claim that anything’s real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody’s proved it doesn’t exist!”
― J.K. Rowling

“Top 15 Things Money Can’t Buy: Time. Happiness. Inner Peace. Integrity. Love. Character. Manners. Health. Respect. Morals. Trust. Patience. Class. Common sense. Dignity.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”
― Thomas A. Edison
“It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?”
― Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“In the present case it is a little inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible to any public office of trust or profit in the Republic. But I do not repine, for I am a subject of it only by force of arms.”
― H.L. Mencken
“Common sense is the most widely shared commodity in the world, for every man is convinced that he is well supplied with it.”
― René Descartes