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Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. - Charles Mingus


The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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


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. - John Stuart Mill


In books, the proportion of exceptional to commonplace people is very high; in reality, very low. - Aldous Huxley


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. - Jean Cocteau


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. - Raoul Vaneigem


Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace. - Elbert Green Hubbard


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. - Sir Arthur Conan Ignatius Doyle