Robert Gascoyne-Cecil: Insipid common sense

“No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you never should trust experts. If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They all require to have their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.”

—Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury.