„I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense…“

—  Beatrix Potter, Journal entry (1896-11-17), from the National Trust collection.
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„What, in the name of common-sense, had I to do with any better society than I had always lived in?“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance
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—  Cat Stevens British singer-songwriter 1948
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—  Voltaire French writer, historian, and philosopher 1694 - 1778
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„By simple common sense I don't believe in God, in none.“

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