The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of common man.
I have no concern for the common man except that he should not be so common.
God must love the common man, he made so many of them.
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.
Greatness, generally speaking, is an unusual quantity of a usual quality grafted upon a common man.
William Allen White
As a teacher of Greek I gave the intellectual man weapons against the common man. I now want to give the common man weapons against the intellectual man.
George Bernard Shaw
I will not be a common man. I will stir the smooth sands of monotony.
When we are sick, we want an uncommon doctor; when we have a construction job to do, we want an uncommon engineer, and when we are at war, we want an uncommon general. It is only when we get into politics that we are satisfied with the common man.
Nothing appeals to intellectuals more than the feeling that they represent ‘the people’. Nothing, as a rule, is further from the truth.
The greatest service we can do the common man is to abolish him and make all men uncommon.
The Common Man symbolises the mute millions of India, or perhaps the whole world, a silent spectator of marching time.
(This article is excerpted from the latest Forbes India 24 January, 2014 issue which is now available at news stands and book stores. You can buy our tablet version from Magzter.com)