An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





America has always been a country of amateurs where the professional, that is to say, the man who claims authority as a member of an elite which knows the law in some field or other, is an object of distrust and resentment.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes, which can be made, in a very narrow field.


Niels Bohr (1885-1962, Danish physicist)


An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.


Nicholas Murray Butler (1862-1947, American educationist)


An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.


Nicholas Murray Butler (1862-1947, American educationist)


The public do not know enough to be experts, but know enough to decide between them.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


A professional; is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it.


Alistair Cooke (1908-2004, British broadcaster, journalist)


How much a dunce that has been sent to roam, excels a dunce that has been kept at home.


William Cowper (1731-1800, British poet)


What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming.


Edgar Degas (1834-1917, French painter, sculptor)


A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M.D., or Ph.D. Unfortunately, they don't have a J. O. B.


Fats Domino (1928-, American singer)


A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M.D., or Ph.D. Unfortunately, they don't have a J. O. B.


Fats Domino (1928-, American singer)


A specialist is a person who fears the other subjects.


Martin H. Fisher


We do not need to be shoemakers to know if our shoes fit, and just as little have we any need to be professionals to acquire knowledge of matters of universal interest.


Georg Hegel (1770-1831, German philosopher)


Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it.


Robert Heinlein (1907-1988, American science fiction writer)


Do not be bullied out of your common sense by the specialist; two to one, he is a pedant.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


An expert is someone who knows a lot about the past.


Tom Hopkins (1944-, American sales trainer, speaker, author)


One who limits himself to his chosen mode of ignorance.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hall-mark of true science.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to fall down for the divine right of experts.


Harold MacMillan (1894-1986, British Prime Minister)


There is nothing an economist should fear so much as applause.


Herbert Marshall (American actor)


The more the world is specialized the more it will be run by generalists.


Marcel Masse


Given one well-trained physician of the highest type he will do better work for a thousand people than ten specialists.


William James Mayo (1861-1939, American surgeon, founder of Mayo Clinic)


Brain surgeons earn 10 times that of a general practitioner... it pays to be an expert.


Alan Pease


Make three correct guesses consecutively and you will establish a reputation as an expert.


Laurence J. Peter


An expert is an ordinary fella away from home.


Bum Phillips (1923-, American football coach)


My definition of an expert in any field is a person who knows enough about what's really going on to be scared.


P. J. Plauger


Experts often possess more data than judgment.


Colin Powell (1937-, American Secretary of State)


What is an expert? Someone who is twenty miles from home.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


A specialist is someone who does everything else worse.


Ruggiero Ricci (1918-, American violinist)


There is nothing so stupid as an educated man, if you get him off the thing he was educated in.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


Where there are two Phd's in a developing country, one is head of state and the other is in exile.


Lord Samuel


Good counselors lack no clients


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


No man can be a pure specialist without being in the strict sense an idiot.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Consultants are people who borrow your watch and tell you what time it is, and then walk off with the watch.


Robert Townsend (1920-, American businessman, president of Avis)


An expert is a person who avoids the small errors while sweeping on to the grand fallacy.


Steven Weinberg (1933-, American nuclear physicist)


An ordinary man away from home giving advice.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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