common people


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n common people people in general (often used in the plural) "they're just country folk","folks around here drink moonshine","the common people determine the group character and preserve its customs from one generation to the next"
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.”
  • Bob Dylan
    “All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Flowers are as common in the country as people are in London.”
  • Woodrow T. Wilson
    “Only free peoples can hold their purpose and their honor steady to a common end and prefer the interest of mankind to any narrow interest of their own.”
  • Platen
    “Joy has this in common with pain, that it robs people of reason.”


In literature:

Another thing that amused Rollo very much, was to see the wooden shoes that were worn by the common people in the streets.
"Rollo in Holland" by Jacob Abbott
That all common people were slobs.
"The Common Man" by Guy McCord (AKA Dallas McCord Reynolds)
No provision is made for the general education of the common people and yet the government is fast becoming bankrupt.
"The Choctaw Freedmen" by Robert Elliott Flickinger
Then the common people and their wives raised a loud cry against their fellow Jews.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
But the common people need to have symbols before their eyes.
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
One by one the men who set out to serve the common people always come over to the side of the mighty.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
Such a restriction would be, by the common consent of the people, disregarded.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
We are not to take the rough-and-ready method, which is so common among good people, of identifying this spirit-given sword with the Bible.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
I ride with common people in the common coaches.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
Potatoes and herrings constitute a common dish of the country people.
"The Little Manx Nation - 1891" by Hall Caine
In their sacred books they retained a common bond of law and doctrine, such as no other people could boast.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
Its most common sites are the scalp and face, especially in young people and in those who are ill-nourished and strumous.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
But the common people are ignorant.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Let us go forth together, we will live amongst the common people.
"Vera" by Oscar Wilde
Art and literature, among the common people, only tends to cause mischief.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 1, March 1906" by Various
I never take any notice of what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
The Ngoko is spoken by the common people among themselves, and by the native princes in communication with their inferiors.
"A Visit to Java" by W. Basil Worsfold
The common people, who were assembled on each side of the street, shouted Vive le Roi, Vivent les Bourbons, apparently with enthusiasm.
"Travels in France during the years 1814-1815" by Archibald Alison
The voice of the people is a voice that is to be heard, and not the votes and resolutions of the House of Commons.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The great men of the colony had brought misery and ruin upon the common people by perverting all equity and right.
"Virginia under the Stuarts 1607-1688" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker

In poetry:

Peoples of the world, together
Join to serve the common cause!
So it feeds us all for ever
See to it that it's now yours.
"Solidarity Song" by Bertolt Brecht
HE trod upon the heights; the rarer air
Which common people seek, yet cannot bear,
Fed his high soul and kindled in his eye
The fire of one who cries "I prophesy!"
"The Prophet" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
You meaner beauties of the night,
That poorly satisfy our eyes
More by your number than your light;
You common people of the skies,
What are you when the sun shall rise?
"Elizabeth Of Bohemia" by Sir Henry Wotton
He might have been a Javanese,
He might have been a Jap dog,
And also neither one of these,
But just a common lapdog,
The kind that people send, you know,
Done up in cotton, to the Show.
"The Pampered Lapdog And The Misguided Ass" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
It kinda makes you see yourself through other people’s eyes.
And mebby so yore pride gits quite a fall.
When yore all alone and thinkin’, well, you come to realize
You’re a mighty common feller after all.
"Alone" by Bruce Kiskaddon
An' dat Tildy, umph! she giggled, an' she gin huh dress a flirt
Lak de people she was passin' was ez common ez de dirt;
An' de minit she was dancin', w'y dat gal put on mo' aihs
Dan a cat a-tekin' kittens up a paih o' windin' staihs.
"How Lucy Backslid" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Two drugs commonly used to treat alcoholism may be appropriate for people in different stages of recovery, a new analysis confirms - likely because they work differently in the brain.
One of the most common reasons people make a visit to the emergency room is for fractured or broken legs.
Gastric bypass surgery becoming more common on less obese people.
View full size Wikimedia Commons This unassuming small house is a popular backdrop for people taking photographs.
In 1998, greyhounds weren't yet a common pet, and people often stopped to ask questions about my ex-racer dog.
Scientists combined 13 past studies and found that impaired hearing was twice as common among people with diabetes compared to those without.
Here in America, heartburn is a common problem a number of people face on a daily basis.
This is another common hiding place for people who don't want to put their passwords under their keyboard or under thier phone.
The James Randi Educational Foundation, which works to educate people about the common tricks and sleight-of-hand techniques that swindlers who purport to be psychics or some other contact with a supernatural world.
I want to address some of the most common questions people have about hummers .
A common target for bullying and intolerance are those people with qualities that may set them apart from their peers, such as health-related issues.
It's been said that economists lack common sense, what with their assumptions that people always act rationally and all.
Edmund says he has them under detention to avoid their appeal to the common people.
One of the most common investment questions people ask is, "Should I buy individual bonds or a bond fund.".
It is a well-known fact that people of all ages associate with others who share common views, faiths, ethnicities, among other traits.

In science:

In other words, you may know two people who have another friend in common, whom you personally don’t know.
Random graphs as models of networks
These findings seem not quite fit people’s ‘common sense’, bec ause CHs are believed to be regions with low-density and low temperature in the corona (e.g.
Influence of Coronal Holes on CMEs in Causing SEP Events
It is helpful to think of DVCSs not as a source of chaos, but rather as a tool for putting some structure on the distributed efforts of a group of people sharing a common interest.
A Wiki for Mizar: Motivation, Considerations, and Initial Prototype
But in everyday life people commonly use informal language to describe expectations of the real world from which constructive or computational content is not even attempted.
Definability in the Real Universe
We note that the most common attribute of people who communicate is language.
Planetary-Scale Views on an Instant-Messaging Network
Can we explain what the world is through a fundamental physical theory? This question corresponds to the historic disagreement among scientists and epistemologists concerning how to regard physical theories to which people commonly refer as the realist/antirealist debate.
Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics: a critical survey
These are common tasks that they would like to perform as easily and as fast as people without speech disabilities, and would definitely like to avoid the effort, stress and frustration they feel when trying to communicate with people that do not understand them.
Evaluating Accessible Synchronous CMC Applications
It is common for people to use abbreviations when writing.
Evaluating Accessible Synchronous CMC Applications
For example, in English it is common for people to use “btw” as an abbreviation of “by the way”.
Evaluating Accessible Synchronous CMC Applications
In common sense, two people share more tastes and interests (and thus may of higher probability to be connected in a social network) if they have more common features, such as age, sex, job, and so on.
Link Prediction in Complex Networks: A Survey
Euclidean Geometry, or what people most commonly refer to as just Geometry, describes the physical world in fundamental ways.
Volumes in Hyperbolic Space
What is common to most words and sentences, is that people use them in speech.
Does Meaning Evolve?
That is why the workshop was an attempt to bring together people which normally belong to different communities and even cultures (they use different tools, from lattice simulations to models to exact solutions), in order to discuss common physics.
Summary of the Workshop ``the QCD Phase Transitions'' Brookhaven National Laboratory, November 4-7 1998
The development of Theorem 1.2: It is a common sense for many people that |D(N )| = ∞ for 3-manifold N which is either a product of a surface and the circle, or N is covered by the 3-sphere.
Finiteness of mapping degree sets for 3-manifolds
These different willings lead people to build specific connections (or better, strike up friendships) with other people on the basis of common shared interests.
On Democracy in Peer-to-Peer systems