Of all things, good sense is the most fairly distributed: everyone thinks he is so well supplied with it that even those who are the hardest to satisfy in every other respect never desire more of it than they already have.

René Descartes (1596-1650) French philosopher, mathematician
Le Discours de la Méthode, Part 1 (1637)

    Alt. trans.:
  • Good sense is of all things in the world the most equally distributed, for everybody thinks he is so well supplied with it, that even those most difficult to please in all other matters never desire more of it than they already possess.
  • Common sense is the best distributed commodity in the world, for every man is convinced that he is well supplied with it.
  • Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.
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