Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Do not be bullied out of your common sense by the specialist; two to one, he is a pedant.
This quote suggests that one should not allow their common sense to be overridden by specialists or experts. It implies that specialists often have a tendency to become overly focused on small and often irrelevant details, making them "pedantic." Instead, the quote advises relying on one's own commonsense judgment, as it is often a more practical and intuitive approach to any situation.
The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become until he goes abroad. I speak now, of course, in the supposition that the gentle reader has not been abroad, and therefore is not already a consummate ass. If the case be otherwise, I beg his pardon and extend to him the cordial hand of fellowship and call him brother. I shall always delight to meet an ass after my own heart when I have finished my travels.
When you decide to get involved in a military operation in a place like Syria, you've got to be prepared, as we learned from Iraq and Afghanistan, to become the government, and I'm not sure any country, either the United States or I don't hear of anyone else, who's willing to take on that responsibility.