What does the Ace of Swords mean?
I associate the Ace of Swords with “common sense.” We all think we know what that means, but actually, it’s not that simple (ironically). It is worth considering the meaning and value of common sense, and as the following quotes about it demonstrate, there are two sides to this issue. Feel free to use any or all of these as pithy meanings for the Ace of Swords.
- “Common sense is that which tells us the world is flat.” — attributed to Stuart Chase by S. I. Hayakawa
- “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.” — attributed to Albert Einstein
- “A man of great common sense — meaning, thereby, a man without originality.” — George Bernard Shaw (an abridged quote)
- “Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Common sense is genius in homespun.” — Alfred North Whitehead
- “Philosophy is common sense with big words.” — James Madison
- “I’m guessing that whoever decided to call it ‘common sense’ didn’t know that many people.” — Unknown source
Why is there such disagreement? I’ll just leave you with my own quote about common sense:
One man’s common sense is another man’s foolishness.