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

ROBERT A. HEINLEIN, Time Enough for Love

An expert is just somebody from out of town with slides.

NAOMI JUDD, Naomi's Breakthrough Guide

An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes that can be made in his subject and how to avoid them.

WERNER HEISENBERG, Physics and Beyond

There are as many opinions as there are experts.

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, speech, Jun. 12, 1942

We flee away from cities, but we bring
The best of cities, these learned classifiers,
Men knowing what they seek, armed eyes of experts.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, "The Adirondacs," May-Day and Other Pieces

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

HAROLD MACMILLAN, speech, Aug. 16, 1950

You can't always go by an expert opinion. A turkey, if you ask a turkey, should be stuffed with grasshoppers, grit and worms.

ANONYMOUS, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Nov. 1967

Experts often possess more data than judgment.

COLIN POWELL, attributed, Doing Business in the New Latin America

If you would be an expert, keep company with experts.


An expert is someone called in at the last minute to share the blame.

SAM EWING, Mature Living

The function of the expert is not to be more right than other people, but to be wrong for more sophisticated reasons.

DAVID BUTLER, attributed, Quotable Quotes

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.

NIELS BOHR, attributed, The Harvest of a Quiet Eye

Here's my definition of expert: Think of a complex video game. It wouldn't exist without a skilled programmer, but a 12-year-old aficionado will play it more skillfully than the computer wizard who constructed the line-by-line code. The programmer is the technician; the 12-year-old is the expert. The kid's ability captures the intersection of technology and humanity. This programmer may enter a conversation about the game feeling as though he has the upper hand--until he cannot answer when the 12-year-old asks, "When I pressed these two buttons and moved the joystick, why didn't the guy's head blow off?"

GREGORY HARTLEY, How to Become an Expert on Anything in Two Hours

A specialist is someone who does everything else worse.

RUGGIERO RICCI, Daily Telegraph, May 25, 1990

The only thing worse than an expert is someone who thinks he's an expert.

ALY A. COLON, attributed, Quotable Quotes

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, Faber Book of Modern American Verse

In the mouth of an expert demagogue there is a dangerous and dreadful weapon.

R. SOUTH, attributed, Day's Collacon

An expert is a person that has his ignorance organized.

JIM O'BRYON, I Fail to Miss Your Point

An expert is someone who takes something you already know and makes it sound confusing.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

In order to be a world-class expert in anything, be it audiology, drama, music, art, gymnastics, whatever, one needs to have a minimum of 10,000 hours of practice. Unfortunately, it doesn't mean that if you put in 10,000 hours that you will become an expert, but there aren't any cases where someone has achieved world-class mastery without it! So the time spent at the activity is indeed the most important and influential factor.

DANIEL J. LEVITIN, "From Musician to Neuroscientist: An Interview with Daniel Levitin, PhD, author of This Is Your Brain on Music", American Academy of Audiology

A leading authority is anyone who has guessed right more than once.

FRANK A. CLARK, attributed, Quotable Quotes


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