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 Úlite which knows the law in some field or other, is an object of distrust and resentment.
Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)
Profession: Anglo-American Poet
An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes, which can be made, in a very narrow field.
Author: Niels Bohr (1885-1962)
Profession: Danish Physicist
An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.
Author: Nicholas Butler (1862-1947)
Profession: American Educationist
The public do not know enough to be experts, but know enough to decide between them.
Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)
Profession: British Poet, Satirist
A professional; is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it.
Author: Alistair Cooke (1908)
Profession: British Broadcaster, Journalist
It is surely a matter of common observation that a man who knows no one thing intimately has no views worth hearing on things in general. The farmer philosophizes in terms of crops, soils, markets, and implements, the mechanic generalizes his experiences of wood and iron, the seaman reaches similar conclusions by his own special road; and if the scholar keeps pace with these it must be by an equally virile productivity.
Author: Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929)
Profession: American Sociologist
How much a dunce that has been sent to roam, excels a dunce that has been kept at home.
Author: William Cowper (1731-1800)
Profession: British Poet
What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming.
Author: Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
Profession: 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.
Author: Fats Domino
Profession: American Singer
A specialist is a person who fears the other subjects.
Author: Martin H. Fisher
What's an expert? I read somewhere, that the more a man knows, the more he knows, he doesn't know. So I suppose one definition of an expert would be someone who doesn't admit out loud that he knows enough about a subject to know he doesn't really know how much.
Author: Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990)
Profession: American Publisher, Businessman
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.
Author: Georg Hegel (1770-1831)
Profession: German Philosopher
Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it.
Author: Robert Heinlein (1907-1988)
Profession: American Science Fiction Writer
Do not be bullied out of your common sense by the specialist; two to one, he is a pedant.
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)
Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet
An expert is someone who knows a lot about the past.
Author: Tom Hopkins
Profession: American Sales Trainer, Speaker, Author