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Quotations on Advice

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Advice: the smallest current coin.

~ Ambrose Bierce

He that won't be counselled can't be helped.

~ Benjamin Franklin

A word to the wise ain't necessary. It's the stupid ones who need the advice.

~ Bill Cosby

The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.

~ Oscar Wilde

Too bad that all the people who really know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair.

~ George Burns

When women are the advisers, the lords of creation don't take the advice till they have persuaded themselves that it is just what they intended to do; then they act upon it, and if it succeeds, they give the weaker vessel half the credit of it; if it fails, they generously give her the whole.

~ Louisa May Alcott

- in Little Women

Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.

~ W. Somerset Maugham

People ask your for criticism, but they only want praise.

~ W. Somerset Maugham

- Of Human Bondage, 1915

In those days he was wiser than he is now - he used frequently to take my advice.

~ Winston Churchill

Go put your creed into the deed,
Nor speak with double tongue.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.

~ Robert Frost

We should be careful and discriminating in all the advice we give. We should be especially careful in giving advice that we would not think of following ourselves. Most of all, we ought to avoid giving counsel which we don't follow when it damages those who take us at our word.

~ Adlai E. Stevenson

It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.

~ Aeschylus

I shall tell you a great secret my friend. Do not wait for the last judgement, it takes place every day.

~ Albert Camus

Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon it.

~ Albert Schweitzer

He only profits from praise who values criticism.

~ Heinrich Heine

Whatever advice you give, be brief.

~ Horace

Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved.

~ Margaret Fuller

He who is too busy doing good finds no time to be good.

~ Rabindranath Tagore

One gives nothing so freely as advice.

~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

- Maxims, 1678

Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.

~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

It takes nearly as much ability to know how to profit by good advice as to know how to act for one's self.

~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.

~ G.K. Chesterton

There is nothing we receive with so much reluctance as advice.

~ Joseph Addison

- The Spectator, Oct 12, 1712

Good but rarely came from good advice.

~ Lord Byron

- Don Juan, 1819-24

Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.

~ Earl of Chesterfield

- letter to his son, Jan 29, 1748

Many receive advice, few profit by it.

~ Publilius Syrus

- Moral Sayings, 1st cent B.C.

Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadful uneasy to take.

~ Josh Billings

Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment.

~ Seneca

Advice is like snow; the softer it falls the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.

~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and a flatterer.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

All the lessons of history in four sentences:
Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power.
The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small.
The bee fertilizes the flower it robs.
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.

~ Charles Austin Beard

It takes a village to raise a child.

~ Proverbs

- African Proverb

Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present.

~ Proverbs

It is only too easy to make suggestions and later try to escape the consequences of what we say.

~ Jawaharlal Nehru

We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.

~ William Rounseville Alger

No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.

~ Ben Jonson

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