- Too clever by half.
's amendment on Disestablishment
speech, House of Commons, 30 March 1868; see also Salisbury
- 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.
letter to Lord Lytton, 15 June 1877; in Lady Gwendolen Cecil Life of Robert, Marquis of Salisbury (1921–32) vol. 2
- One of the nuisances of the ballot is that when the oracle has spoken you never know what it means.
after the Renfrew by-election of October 1877; Andrew Roberts Salisbury: Victorian Titan
(1999); see Clinton
- We are part of the community of Europe and we must do our duty as such.
speech at Caernarvon, 10 April 1888
- Horny-handed sons of toil.
in Quarterly Review
October 1873; later popularized in the US by Denis Kearney (1847–1907); see Lowell
- By office boys for office boys.
of the Daily Mail
H. Hamilton Fyfe Northcliffe, an Intimate Biography (1930) ch. 4