The Stratagem Philosophical Society
The Home Site of Common Sense

The Stratagem Philosophical Society provides a platform for the examination of the concept and philosophy of Common Sense
The Society.’s postal address is The Stratagem Philosophical Society BM Unifaculty London WC1N 3XX
The Internet address is - General enquiry email address is
the Stratagem Philosophical Society is part of the
Unifaculty Foundation

Regularly, your society will publish some examples of folk wisdom which are based upon using Common Sense. We hope that they will be helpful and useful to you.

A house is not a home.
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
A little of what you fancy does you good.
A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for his client.
A man with a hammer sees every problem as a nail.
A new broom sweeps clean, but an old one knows where the dirt is.
A penny saved is a penny earned.


    Common Sense is just like a deodorant.

    The people who need it most don’t use it.

There are some people whose advice safely can be avoided but as we should never empty the baby with the bath-water, it behoves us all to watch for the odd words of wisdom from unexpected sources.

For example, ‘Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake’ (Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815). This is rather good Common Sense but only if the enemy’s seeming mistake is not a simple disguise of their true intent.

A person is known by the company he keeps.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
A rising tide lifts all boats.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
A soft answer turneth away wrath.
A stitch in time saves nine, Thomas Fuller, 1732.
A trouble shared is a trouble halved.
A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely. (John Dalberg-Acton, 1887).
Accidents will happen in the best-regulated families.
Actions speak louder than words.
Adversity makes strange bedfellows.
All things come to those who wait.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
April showers bring forth May flowers.
As you sow so shall you reap

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