155 Common Man Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of common man quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about power of common man.

The Most Famous Common Man Quotes (Best in 2024)

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A common man marvels at uncommon things. A wise man marvels at the commonplace. — Confucius

Greatness is always built on this foundation: the ability to appear, speak and act, as the most common man. — Hafez

Think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do. — Aristotle

Those who advocate common usage in philosophy sometimes speak in a manner that suggests the mystique of the 'common man.' — Bertrand Russell

A fool marvels at rare things, but a wise man at common ones. — Confucius

You can't be common, the common man goes nowhere; you have to be uncommon — Herb Brooks

Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions. — Samuel Butler

Be a good man to Allah and a bad man to yourself (desires); and be one of the commoners among the people — Ali ibn Abi Talib

Let us beware of common folk, of common sense, of sentiment, of inspiration, and of the obvious. — Charles Baudelaire

Men pay most attention to what is their own: they care less for what is common; or, at any rate, they care for it only to the extent to which each is individually concerned. — Aristotle

Short Common Man Quotes

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  • If one is determined to die for the truth, even a common man can create history. — Velupillai Prabhakaran
  • Down these mean streets a man must go who is neither tarnished nor afraid — Raymond Chandler
  • Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue. — Chester W. Nimitz
  • A state is a perfect body of free men, united together to enjoy common rights and advantages. — Hugo Grotius
  • I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. — Dean Alfange
  • Consider the average intelligence of the common man, then realize 50% are even stupider. — Mark Twain
  • The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. — Confucius
  • No man is regular in his attendance at the House of Commons until he is married. — Benjamin Disraeli
  • To say that a man is your Friend means commonly no more than this, that he is not your enemy. — Henry David Thoreau
  • We commonly say in the trade that the most dangerous animal in a zoo is Man. — Yann Martel

Top 10 Common Man Quotes

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God is not looking for men of great faith, He is looking for common men to trust His great faithfulness. — Hudson Taylor

If one is determined to die for the truth, even a common man can create history. — Velupillai Prabhakaran

Woman is born free and lives equal to man in her rights. Social distinctions can be based only on the common utility. — Olympe de Gouges

This country [the Philippines] is like a pyramid, like a tower. It is made up of millions of stones... . And the foundation stone of this pyramid is the common man. — Ramon Magsaysay

The best perfection of a religious man is to do common things in a perfect manner. A constant fidelity in small things is a great and heroic virtue. — Bonaventure

Down these mean streets a man must go who is neither tarnished nor afraid — Raymond Chandler

You can't be common, the common man goes nowhere; you have to be uncommon — Herb Brooks

Greatness is always built on this foundation: the ability to appear, speak and act, as the most common man. — Hafez

For I have dipped my hands in muddied waters, and, withdrawing them, find 'tis better to be a commander than a common man! — Bartholomew Roberts

If you really want to judge the character of a man, look not at his great performances. Watch a man do his most common actions. — Swami Vivekananda

Common man quote Do not correct a fool or he will hate you. Correct a wise man and he will apprec
Do not correct a fool or he will hate you. Correct a wise man and he will appreciate you.

Power Of Common Man Quotes

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To this war of every man against every man, this also in consequent; that nothing can be unjust. The notions of right and wrong, justice and injustice have there no place. Where there is no common power, there is no law, where no law, no injustice. Force, and fraud, are in war the cardinal virtues. — Thomas Hobbes

Freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society and made by the legislative power vested in it and not to be subject to the inconstant, uncertain, arbitrary will of another man. — John Locke

Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection. — Henry A. Wallace

Common man quote Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.
Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.

What has commonly been called rebellion has more often been nothing but a manly and glorious struggle in opposition to the lawless power of rebellious kings and princes. — Samuel Adams

During the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that conditions called war; and such a war, as if of every man, against every man. — Thomas Hobbes

Thou has left behind Powers that will work for thee,-air, earth, and skies! There 's not a breathing of the common wind That will forget thee; thou hast great allies; Thy friends are exultations, agonies, And love, and man's unconquerable mind. — William Wordsworth

Common man quote Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.
Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.

Anger is an affected madness, compounded of pride and folly, and an intention to do commonly more mischief than it can bring to pass; and, without doubt, of all passions which actually disturb the mind of man, it is most in our power to extinguish, at least, to suppress and correct, our anger. — Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon

You shall not pile, with servile toil, Your monuments upon my breast, Nor yet within the common soil Lay down the wreck of power to rest, Where man can boast that he has trod On him that was "the scourge of God." — Edward Everett Hale

Rebellion, in man, is the refusal to be treated as an object and to be reduced to simple historical terms. It is the affirmation of a nature common to all men, which eludes the world of power. — Albert Camus

Life is always uncertain, and common prudence dictates to every man the necessity of settling his temporal concerns, while it is in his power, and while the mind is calm and undisturbed. — George Washington

Common Man Life Quotes

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Country music to me is heartfelt music that speaks to the common man. It is about real life stories with rather simple melodies that the average person can follow. Country music should speak directly and simply about the highs and lows of life. Something that anyone can relate to. — George Jones

Food that is necessary for man’s existence is as sacred as life itself. Everything that is indispensable for its preservation is the common property of society as a whole. It is only the surplus that is private property and can be safely left to individual commercial enterprise. — Maximilien Robespierre

When we consider what, to use the words of the catechism, is the chief end of man, and what are the true necessaries and means of life, it appears as if men had deliberately chosen the common mode of living because they preferred it to any other. Yet they honestly think there is no choice left. — Henry David Thoreau

Common man quote The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute. The man who does not ask, is
The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute. The man who does not ask, is a fool for life.

The common man, no matter how sharp and tough, actually enjoys having the wool pulled over his eyes, and makes it easier for the puller. — P. T. Barnum

Common men talk bagfuls of religion but do not practise even a grain of it. The wise man speaks a little, even though his whole life is religion expressed in action. — Ramakrishna

I gave my decisions on the principles of common justice and honesty between man and man, and relied on natural born sense, and not on law, learning to guide me; for I had never read a page in a law book in all my life. — Davy Crockett

Common man quote A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything.
A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything.

Often in this our life do we begin by cursing men and end by loving them. A sense of the common fallibility of all flesh makes us kin. No man is lovable who is invincible. — Neville Cardus

Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another. — Joseph Addison

Things like the financial markets - a proper grounding in mathematics could help the common man. I believe that if people are more familiar with mathematical concepts... it can help deal with modern life, which is increasingly complex. — Viswanathan Anand

A silent man is easily reputed wise. A man who suffers none to see him in the common jostle and undress of life, easily gathers round him a mysterious veil of unknown sanctity, and men honor him for a saint. The unknown is always wonderful. — Frederick William Robertson

The Notebook Quotes

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The Notebook ... that’s my favorite one. I’ve read that book 30 times. It gives a true depiction of two people that are in love. — Kevin Gates

Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it. — Nicholas Sparks

In times of grief and sorrow I will hold you and rock you, and take your grief and make it my own. When you cry, I cry, and when you hurt, I hurt. And together we will try to hold back the floods to tears and despair and make it through the potholed street of life. — Nicholas Sparks

Common man quote Words of comfort skillfully administered are the oldest therapy known to man.
Words of comfort skillfully administered are the oldest therapy known to man.

The scariest thing about distance is that you don’t know whether they’ll miss you or forget you. — Nicholas Sparks

To lose a passport was the least of one’s worries. To lose a notebook was a catastrophe. — Bruce Chatwin

It's the possibility that keeps me going, not the guarantee. — Nicholas Sparks

Common man quote Every man dies. Not every man really lives.
Every man dies. Not every man really lives.

Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever. — Will Self

Very few people really care about freedom, about liberty, about the truth, very few. Very few people have guts, the kind of guts on which a real democracy has to depend. Without people with that sort of guts a free society dies or cannot be born. — Doris Lessing

And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss. — J. K. Rowling

True love is rare, and it's the only thing that gives life real meaning. — Nicholas Sparks

Common Folk Quotes

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That proves you are unusual,' returned the Scarecrow; 'and I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed. — L. Frank Baum

 When the leaders speak of peace  The common folk know  That war is coming  When the leaders curse war  The mobilization order is already written out. Every day, to earn my daily bread  I go to the market where lies are bought  Hopefully  I take up my place among the sellers.   — Bertolt Brecht

Folk music isn't owned by anybody. It is owned by everybody, like the national parks, the postal system, and the school system. It's our common property. There is nobody's name on it. Nobody can make money on it. It's not copywritten. — Utah Phillips

Common man quote The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise man grows it under his
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise man grows it under his feet.

I would say there's a lot of similarity between folk and punk. It's written for the common man. — Greg Graffin

The guard rails on a highway may restrict some folks from driving the way they want, but those rules mostly end up saving the lives of those other drivers who understand that living in a society means behaving in a commonly beneficial way. — Steven Weber

The most popular man under a democracy is not the most democratic man, but the most despotic man. The common folk delight in the exactions of such a man. They like him to boss them. Their natural gait is the goose step. — H. L. Mencken

Common man quote A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

Common folk didn't have last names in the 8th and 9th centuries. — Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

When the leaders speak of peace, the common folk know war is coming. — Bertolt Brecht

The people people have for friends Your common sense appall But the people people marry Are the queerest folk of all. — Charlotte Perkins Gilman

It is my belief one should not belittle the artist; while, however glorious his fame may seem, his time on Mount Olympus as an honourable guest of Zeus is short. It's a pity, but all too eager will the common folk drag him from this etherial heights to the low and trodden earth. — Ludwig van Beethoven

Ordinary Man Quotes

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The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse. — Carlos Castaneda

The years go by one after the other; time slips past us with out our being aware of it; we grow old like ordinary men and we shall end like them. — Louis XIV

There aren't any great men. There are just great challenges that ordinary men like you and me are forced by circumstances to meet. — William Halsey

Common man quote No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the g
No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.

The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart. — Mencius

Relish the challenge of overcoming difficulties that would crush ordinary men...learn to suffer. — Mark Twight

The highest point at which human life and art meet is in the ordinary. To look down on the ordinary is to despise what you can't have. Show me a man who fears being ordinary, and I'll show you a man who is not yet a man. — Yukio Mishima

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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. — Elbert Hubbard

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Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one. — Ezra Pound

The difference between a great soul and an ordinary man is this: the latter weeps while leaving this body, whereas the former laughs. Death seems to him a mere play. — Sarada Devi

Common Life Quotes

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In every physical action, unless it is purely mechanical, there is concealed some inner action, some feelings. This is how the two levels of life in a part are created, the inner and the outer. They are intertwined. A common purpose brings them together and reinforces the unbreakable bond. — Constantin Stanislavski

The happiness promised us in Christ does not consist in outward advantages-such as leading a joyous and peaceful life, having rich possessions, being safe from all harm, and abounding with delights such as the flesh commonly longs after. No, our happiness belongs to the heavenly life! — John Calvin

It became easy for me to detach myself from the course of life, so that while my hands and mind were engaged in the common affairs of every day, my spirit maintained its attitude of communion with God. — John G. Lake

Common man quote The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they dont have any
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they dont have any.

The future of life on Earth depends on our ability to see the sacred where others see only the common — John Denver

Music is one of the closest link-ups with God that we can probably experience. I think it's a common vibrating tone of the musical notes that holds all life together. — Marvin Gaye

Fear and faith have something in common. They both ask us to believe in something we cannot see. — Joel Osteen

There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them. — Anthony De Mello

Life gives to all the choice. You can satisfy yourself with mediocrity if you wish. You can be common, ordinary, dull, colorless, or yyou can channel your life so that it will be clean, vibrant, useful, progressive, colorful, and rich. — Spencer W. Kimball

It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement -- that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life. — Sigmund Freud

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When brothers agree, no fortress is so strong as their common life. — Antisthenes

Average Man Quotes

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The average woman would rather have beauty than brains, because the average man can see better than he can think. — Mark Twain

To be a warrior is not a simple matter of wishing to be one. It is rather an endless struggle that will go on to the very last moment of our lives. Nobody is born a warrior, in exactly the same way that nobody is born an average man. We make ourselves into one or the other. — Carlos Castaneda

The average man can't prove most of the things that he chooses to speak of, and still won't research and find out the root of the truth that you seek of — Damian Marley

The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is. — Charles M. Schwab

The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is. — Robert H. Schuller

Marriage is about the most expensive way for the average man to get laundry done. — Burt Reynolds

‎The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. — Bruce Lee

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A women can make an average man great, and a great man average. — Robert Burns

Four years of football are calculated to breed in the average man more of the ingredients of success in life than almost any academic course he takes. — Knute Rockne

There are people who tell you to shut up because you're just a celebrity, but pundits, talking heads, they're every bit the celebrity and a lot of them aren't any more qualified than the average man on the street. — Kevin Bacon

Commonplace Quotes

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God never intended His people to be ordinary or commonplace. His intentions were that they should be on fire for Him, conscious of His divine power, realizing the glory of the cross that foreshadows the crown. — Smith Wigglesworth

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. — Jack Kerouac

...The final secret is that there is no secret. Devote yourself to your leader. Work hard. Be grateful. Act boldly. Some may deride such suggestions as commonplace, and they'd be right: They are common. But to see them successfully enacted in this world is rare indeed. — Toyotomi Hideyoshi

It's possible, in a poem or short story, to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language, and to endow those things—a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman's earring—with immense, even startling power. — Raymond Carver

The truth of Zen, just a little bit of it, is what turns one's humdrum life, a life of monotonous, uninspiring commonplaceness, into one of art, full of genuine inner creativity. — D.T. Suzuki

Making the simple complicated is commonplace, Charles Mingus once said. Making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity. — Rick Rubin

We are so utterly ordinary, so commonplace, while we profess to know a Power the Twentieth Century does not reckon with.... Oh that God would make us dangerous! — Jim Elliot

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

The concern is over what will happen as strong encryption becomes commonplace with all digital communications and stored data. Right now the use of encryption isn't all that widespread, but that state of affairs is expected to change rapidly. — Dorothy Denning

The concern is over what will happen as strong encryption becomes commonplace with all digital communications and stored data. Right now the use of encryption isn't all that widespread, but that state of affairs is expected to change rapidly. — Dorothy E. Denning

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More Common Man Quotes

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In the history of the human race, those periods which later appeared as great have been the periods when the men and the women belonging to them had transcended the differences that divided them and had recognized in their membership in the human race a common bond. — Haile Selassie

When the bell tolls three times, it will announce that I have been killed. If I am killed by common men, you and your children will rule Russia for centuries to come; if I am killed by one of your stock, you and your family will be killed by the Russian people! Pray Tsar of Russia. Pray. — Grigori Rasputin

The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the great enterprises and ideals of American society. — Robert Kennedy

A common misperception of me is... that I am a tough, rough northerner, which I suppose I am really. But I'm pretty mild-mannered most of the time. It's the parts that you play I guess. I don't mind it. I'm not a tough guy. I'd like to act as a fair, easy-going, kind man at some point. — Sean Bean

In walking through the world there is a choice for a man to make. He can choose the fair and open path, the path which sound ethics, sound democracy, and the common law prescribe, or choose the secret way by which he can get the better of his fellow man. — Ida Tarbell

Sometimes it's strange being me. I travel the world meeting people, I'm surrounded with friends and my life is full, but all the time I am confronted by a young man I have nothing in common with. He is me, but he is not me now. In fact I have been me now for longer than I was him, but no one wants to know about me. — Eddy Merckx

When a man says that he is Jesus or Napoleon, or that the Martians are after him, or claims something else that seems outrageous to common sense, he is labeled psychotic and locked up in a madhouse. Freedom of speech is only for normal people. — Thomas Szasz

What will happen once the authentic mass man takes over, we do not know yet, although it may be a fair guess that he will have more in common with the meticulous, calculated correctness of Himmler than with the hysterical fanaticism of Hitler, will more resemble the stubborn dullness of Molotov than the sensual vindictive cruelty of Stalin. — Hannah Arendt

The better part of the man is soon ploughed into the soil for compost. By a seeming fate, commonly called necessity, they are employed, as it says in an old book, laying up treasures which moth and rust will corrupt and thieves break through and steal. It is a fool's life, as they will find when they get to the end of it, if not before. — Henry David Thoreau

The common enemy of humanity is man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. ...The real enemy then is humanity itself. — Aurelio Peccei

If slavery be a sin, it is not yours. It does not rest on your action for its origin, on your consent for its existence. It is a common law right to property in the service of man; its origin was Divine decree. — Jefferson Davis

For Star Trek proves, as faulty as individual episodes could be, is that the much-maligned common man and common woman has an enormous hunger for brotherhood. They are ready for the twenty-third century now, and they are light-years ahead of their petty governments and their visionless leaders. — Gene Roddenberry

It is my right to be uncommon. For I do not choose to be a common man, If I can, I seek opportunity. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the government look after me. I choose to take the calculated risk, to dream, to build, to fail or succeed. I choose not to barter incentive for a dole, I prefer the challenges of life to a guaranteed existence, the thrill of fulfillment to the state calm of Utopia. I will not trade my freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. — Unknown

The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man. — Baron William Henry Beveridge

I've concluded that genius is as common as dirt. We suppress genius because we haven't yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious. Let them manage themselves. — John Taylor Gatto

Although teachers do care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic-it has no conscience. It rings a bell and the young man in the middle of writing a poem must close his notebook and move to a different cell where he must memorize that humans and monkeys derive from a common ancestor. — John Taylor Gatto

In times of uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call; a common man with uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to serve his country and the American people, and to protect their way of life. I am that man. — Marcus Luttrell

America's abundance was not created by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes. — Ayn Rand

I felt the comics grew because they became the common man's literature, the common man's art, the common man's publishing. — Jack Kirby

But if the life will not be easy, it will be rich and satisfying. For every young American who participates in the Peace Corps-who works in a foreign land-will know that he or she is sharing in the great common task of bringing to man that decent way of life which is the foundation of freedom and a condition of peace. — John F. Kennedy

My father always taught by telling stories about his experiences. His lessons were about morality and art and what insects and birds and human beings had in common. He told me what it meant to be a man and to be a Black man. He taught me about love and responsibility, about beauty, and how to make gumbo. — Walter Mosley

The philosophy of the common man is an old wife that gives him no pleasure, yet he cannot live without her, and resents any aspersions that strangers may cast on her character. — George Santayana

All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity. — James F. Cooper

Nothing appeals to intellectuals more than the feeling that they represent 'the people'. Nothing, as a rule, is further from the truth — Paul Johnson

I was an artist, but not a self-proclaimed great artist, just a common man who was working in a form of art which is universal. — Jack Kirby

It is unfortunately very true that, without leisure and money, love can be no more than an orgy of the common man. Instead of being a sudden impulse full of ardor and reverie, it becomes a distastefully utilitarian affair. — Charles Baudelaire

What keeps the world from reverting to the Neanderthal with each generation is the continuing, ongoing mythos... the huge body of common knowledge that unites our minds as cells are united in the body of man. — Robert M. Pirsig

Pornography is pornography, what is there to see? Movies are attempting to destroy something that's supposed to be the most beautiful thing a man and a woman can have by making it cheap and common. It's what you don't see that's attractive. — Nancy Reagan

While we try to amass wealth, make piles of money, get hold of the land as our real property, overtop one another in riches, we have palpably cast off justice, and lost the common good. I should like to know how any man can be just, who is deliberately aiming to get out of someone else what he wants for himself. — Saint Basil

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