Let’s Be Sensible

Sunday, June 14, 2009 – Let’s Be Sensible

Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“God” – as revealed in his book of edicts and narratives is practically an idiot. He has nothing to say that any sensible person should want to listen to. ~ Johann Most

If God wants us to do a thing, he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him. ~ Samuel Butler

Good-humored, unaffected girls, will not do for a man who has been used to sensible women. They are two distinct orders of being. ~ Jane Austen

It seems to me that a mutually beneficial relationship between a man and woman requires the man to be dominant. A sensible woman will allow the man to think he is the most important partner. ~ Beryl Bainbridge

Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence than ours. ~ Grover Cleveland

How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being. ~ Oscar Wilde

I have read descriptions of Paradise that would make any sensible person stop wanting to go there. ~ Charles de Secondat

I live like a Hottentot. I cannot exchange one sensible word with anyone. ~ Gustav Mahler

I must be more sensible and realize that at my age, illusions are hardly permitted and they will always destroy me. ~ Paul Cezanne

Intellect distinguishes between the possible and the impossible; reason distinguishes between the sensible and the senseless. Even the possible can be senseless. ~ Max Born

No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible. ~ W. H. Auden

Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian. ~ H. L. Mencken

The German Doctors say that persons sensible of harmony have one sense more than others. ~ Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

To do exactly as your neighbors do is the only sensible rule. ~ Emily Post

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a wide-spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible. ~ Bertrand Russell

We are more sensible of what is done against custom than against nature. ~ Plutarch

Explaining something sensible to Lord Killanin is akin to explaining something to a cauliflower. The advantage of the cauliflower is that if all else fails, you can always cover it with melted cheese and eat it. ~ William E. Simon

When a man asks himself what is meant by action he proves that he isn’t a man of action. Action is a lack of balance. In order to act you must be somewhat insane. A reasonably sensible man is satisfied with thinking. ~ James Baldwin

Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way. ~ Jane Austen

We had individuality. We did as we pleased. We stayed up late. We dressed the way we wanted. I used to whiz down Sunset Boulevard in my open Kissel, with several red Chow dogs to match my hair. Today, they’re sensible and end up with better health. But we… ~ Clara Bow

A man can believe a considerable deal of rubbish, and yet go about his daily work in a rational and cheerful manner. ~ Norman Douglas

I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist, then it would choose the American system. ~ Noam Chomsky

I never got good at predicting what millions of people will suddenly decide is rational. ~ Larry Niven

In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else. ~ Lee Iacocca

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason. ~ Oscar Wilde

Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. ~ H. L. Mencken

The trouble with normal is it always gets worse. ~ Bruce Cockburn

Sensible people find nothing useless. ~ Jean De La Fontaine

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