No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you should never 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. Theyall require to have their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.
1877 Letter to Lord Lytton,15 Jun. Quoted in Lady Gwendolen Cecil Life of Robert, Marquis of Salisbury (1921-32), vol.2, ch.4.
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