This tattered life is my only robe; the wind my only refuge.Marian Mountain
Quotations about advice.
Arranged alphabetically by author.
- A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.
- Joseph Addison, The Spectator (1712)
- There is no cramming for the test of life.
- Advice, n. The smallest current coin.
- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
- When a man comes to me for advice, I find out the kind of advice he wants, and I give it to him.
- When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?" it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway
- Who cannot give good counsel? 'tis cheap, it cost them nothing.
- Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)
- Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most, always like it the least.
- Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Letter to his son (1748)
- Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it.
- It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, — always do what you are afraid to do.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, First Series (1841)
- Fools need Advice most, but wise Men only are the better for it.
- Advice is given freely because so much of it is worthless.
- Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
- Advice to writers: Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin.
- Stanisław Jerzy Lec, Unkempt Thoughts
- He who can take advice is sometimes superior to him who can give it.
- When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
- Take this advice: know when to stay and when to get out.
- Les vieillards aiment à donner de bons préceptes, pour se consoler de n'être plus en état de donner de mauvais exemples.
- Old men delight in giving good advice as a consolation for the fact that they can no longer provide bad examples.
- François de La Rochefoucauld, Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678), Maxim 93
- No enemy is worse than bad advice.
- Sophocles, Electra
- In giving advice seek to help, not to please, your friend.
- The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.
- No one wants advice - only corroboration.
- I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.
- Advice after injury is like medicine after death.
- Danish Proverb
- Never give advice — a wise man won't need it, a fool won't heed it.