To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.

The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace.

Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.

Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting.

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Nothing is so commonplace has the wish to be remarkable.

Commonplace people dislike tragedy because they dare not suffer and cannot exult.

I have seen so many extraordinary things, nothing seems extraordinary any more

Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.

It is personality with a penny's worth of talent. Error which chances to rise above the commonplace.

The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years.

No society ever seems to have succumbed to boredom.

Man has developed an obvious capacity for surviving the pompous reiteration of the commonplace.

Singularity is almost invariably a clue.

The more featureless and commonplace a crime is, the more difficult is it to bring it home.

If to be interesting is to be uncommonplace, it is becoming a question, with me, if there are any commonplace people.

I want to look at life - at the commonplaces of existence - as if we had just turned a corner and run into it for the first time.

Standing ovations have become far too commonplace.

What we need are ovations where the audience members all punch and kick one another.

the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.

No one can write a best seller by trying to.

He must write with complete sincerity; the clich?s that make you laugh, the hackneyed characters, the well-worn situations, the commonplace story that excites your derision, seem neither hackneyed, well worn nor commonplace to him. The conclusion is obvious: you cannot write anything that will convince unless you are yourself convinced. The best seller sells because he writes with his heart's blood.

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.

Who would wish to be among the commonplace crowd of the little famous -- who are each individually lost in a throng made up of themselves?

We are participating in the orderly transfer of administrative authority by the direction of the people. And this is the simple magic which makes a commonplace routine a near miracle to many of the world

Unpretending mediocrity is good, and genius is glorious;

but a weak flavor of genius in an essentially common person is detestable. It spoils the grand neutrality of a commonplace character, as the rinsings of an unwashed wine-glass spoil a draught of fair water.

The inspired scribbler always has the gift for gossip in our common usage he or she can always inspire the commonplace with an uncommon flavor, and transform trivialities by some original grace or sympathy or humor or affection.

Men of genius are not to be analyzed by commonplace rules.

The rest of us who have been or are leaders, more commonplace in our quality, will do well to remember two things. One is never to forget posterity when devising a policy. The other is never to think of posterity when making a speech.

It's very good for an idea to be commonplace.

The important thing is that a new idea should develop out of what is already there so that it soon becomes an old acquaintance. Old acquaintances aren't by any means always welcome, but at least one can't be mistaken as to who or what they are.

To do something, say something, see something, before anybody else -- these are things that confer a pleasure compared with which other pleasures are tame and commonplace, other ecstasies cheap and trivial.

The best laws cannot make a constitution work in spite of morals;

morals can turn the worst laws to advantage. That is a commonplace truth, but one to which my studies are always bringing me back. It is the central point in my conception. I see it at the end of all my reflections.

But then they danced down the street like dingledodies, and shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes Awww!.

I think there's something degrading about having a husband for a rival.

It's humiliating if you fail and commonplace if you succeed.

Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man, really; a man uncertain, and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves.

When we walk the streets at night in safety, it does not strike us that this might be otherwise. This habit of feeling safe has become second nature, and we do not reflect on just how this is due solely to the working of special institutions. Commonplace thinking often has the impression that force holds the state together, but in fact its only bond is the fundamental sense of order which everybody possesses.

Take a commonplace, clean it and polish it, light it so that it produces the same effect of youth and freshness and originality and spontaneity as it did originally, and you have done a poet's job. The rest is literature.

The characteristic of the hour is that the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be commonplace, has the assurance to proclaim the rights of the commonplace and to impose them wherever it will.

We can escape the commonplace only by manipulating it, controlling it, thrusting it into our dreams or surrendering it to the free play of our subjectivity.

Thou unassuming common-place of Nature, with that homely face.

... And God, who studies each separate soul, out of commonplace lives makes his beautiful whole.

Suffering is by no means a privilege, a sign of nobility, a reminder of God.

Suffering is a fierce, bestial thing, commonplace, uncalled for, natural as air. It is intangible; no one can grasp it or fight against it; it dwells in time -- is the same thing as time; if it comes in fits and starts, that is only so as to leave the sufferer more defenseless during the moments that follow, those long moments when one relives the last bout of torture and waits for the next.

Talent isn't genius, and no amount of energy can make it so.

I want to be great, or nothing. I won't be a commonplace dauber, so I don't intend to try any more.

The drama's altar isn't on the stage: it is candle-sticked and flowered in the box office. There is the gold, though there be no frankincense or myrrh; and the gospel for the day always The Play will Run for a Year. The Dove of Inspiration, of the desire for inspiration, has flown away from it; and on it's roof, now, the commonplace crow caws candidly.

Every intellectual effort sets us apart from the commonplace, and leads us by hidden and difficult paths to secluded spots where we find ourselves amid unaccustomed thoughts.

There is never vulgarity in a whole truth, however commonplace.

It may be unimportant or painful. It cannot be vulgar. Vulgarity is only in concealment of truth, or in affectation.

Most remarks that are worth making are commonplace remarks.

The things that makes them worth saying is that we really mean them.

I have been in teen shows for years, so doing that stuff - kissing - is kind of commonplace and not a big deal. It was way more cool just because it was Meg Ryan.

Language is the soul of intellect, and reading is the essential process by which that intellect is cultivated beyond the commonplace experiences of everyday life.

In my plays I want to look at life - at the commonplace of existence-as if we had just turned a corner and run into it for the first time.

The dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution is one of the pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into commonplaces, but which all experience refutes.

As a rule, said Holmes, the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify.

Making the simple complicated is commonplace;

making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.

Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph;

not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.

Life holds one great but quite commonplace mystery.

Though shared by each of us and known to all, seldom rates a second thought. That mystery, which most of us take for granted and never think twice about, is time.

The only thing worth writing about is people.

People. Human beings. Men and women whose individuality must be created, line by line, insight by insight. If you do not do it, the story is a failure. [...] There is no nobler chore in the universe than holding up the mirror of reality and turning it slightly, so we have a new and different perception of the commonplace, the everyday, the 'normal', the obvious. People are reflected in the glass. The fantasy situation into which you thrust them is the mirror itself. And what we are shown should illuminate and alter our perception of the world around us. Failing that, you have failed totally.