I have become convinced - the hard way - that the only reliable guideposts for responsible and respectable conduct, including foreign policy formulations and international relations, is a true composite of morality, legality and reality. When this trio is not in harmony, policies and actions go askew, contrary to popular pragmatic precepts. I have discovered that moral sense and common sense are not mutually exclusive. As a practical matter they are synonymous indeed. Unprincipled policies are ultimately and inherently impractical. The sooner one learns that simple lesson, the simpler one's life becomes.
King Hussein (1935 - 1999)
Source: Commencement Forum speech, graduation of his son Prince Feisal, Brown University, May 1985
They (the Puritans) saw clearly that of all the nonsense and delusion which had ever passed through the mind of man, none had ever been more extravagant than the notions of absolutions, indelible characters, uninterrupted successions, and the rest of those fantastical ideas, derived from the canon law, which had thrown such a glare of mystery, sanctity, reverence, and right reverend eminence and holiness around the idea of a priest as no mortal could deserve, and as always must, from the constitution of human nature, be dangerous to society. For this reason they demolished the whole system of diocesan episcopacy, and, deriding, as all reasonable and impartial men must do, the ridiculous fancies of sanctified effluvia from Episcopal fingers, they established sacerdotal ordination on the foundation of the Bible and common sense.
John Adams (1735 - 1826)
Source: Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law, 1765.
Hoover, of the FBI, explained that juvenile delinquents seldom come from homes in which: Parents try to understand their children and find time to cultivate their friendship and love. Parents of integrity face facts and live by the truth. Parents live within their means and give their children examples in thrift, security, and stability. Parents are industrious and teach their children that most of life's good things come only from hard work. Parents have worthwhile goals in life and seek to have their children join them in their attainment. Parents have common sense , a capacity for friendship and a sense of humor. Parents live in harmony with each other and do not quarrel in presence of their children Parents have ideals and a compelling urge to serve rather than to be served. Parents are unswervingly loyal to their own children, but can express righteous indignation and chastise them when necessary. Parents decisions are controlled, not by what their children desire, but by what they need.
Science is nothing but trained and organized common sense, differing from the latter only as a veteran may differ from a raw recruit: and its methods differ from those of common sense only as far as the guardsman's cut and thrust differ from the manner in which a savage wields his club.