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Quotations about Advice



Advice is what we ask for
when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't…
~Erica Jong, How to Save Your Own Life, 1977


Dear Agnes, I like your advice column in the paper. I feel that I could use some of your advice myself. I don't know, however, exactly what it is that I want to ask you. Just send me some advice. ~Charles M. Schulz, Peanuts, 1964  [Charlie Brown —tg]


We often need to ask advice; not always that we may follow it, but always that we may obtain more light. ~Madame Swetchine, translated by Harriet W. Preston


No man is so wise that he can afford to wholly ignore the advice of others. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882


Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it. ~Gordon R. Dickson, unverified


Good advice unasked for should be administered in homœopathic doses, or it is the most mischievous medicine in the world. ~Thomas Clark Henley, A Handful of Paper Shavings, 1861


Few take advice, or physic, without wry faces at it. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


It is a safer thing any time, to follow a man's advice, than his example. ~Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw, 1818–1885)  [spelling standardized —tg]


The best advice is this: Don't take advice and don't give advice. ~Author unknown


Advice is criticism in a cashmere sweater. ~The Resident, "Peking Duck Day," 2019, written by Elizabeth Klaviter, Michael Notarile, & Daniela Lamas  [S3, E8, Dr Austin to Lamar —tg]


Advice is a drug in the market; the supply always exceeds the demand. ~Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw, 1818–1885)  [spelling standardized —tg]


It is a good divine that follows his own instructions... ~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, c.1596  [I, 2, Portia]


Old men are fond of giving good advice, to console themselves for being no longer in a position to give bad examples. ~François VI, duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613–1680)


An ounce of example is worth a pound of advice. ~William Arthur Ward, Thoughts of a Christian Optimist, 1968


What the world wants is good examples, not so much advice; advice may be wrong, but examples prove themselves. ~Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw, 1818–1885)  [spelling standardized —tg]


If people were as generous with their money as they are with their advice the country would be filled with paupers. ~"Edlets," The Spatula: An Illustrated Magazine for Pharmacists, 1919


He says remarkable things that seem to automatically adjust to problems of all sizes. ~Marlene Dietrich, of Ernest Hemingway


The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others. ~Author unknown


It don't require much talent to give advice, but to follow it does. ~Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw, 1818–1885)  [spelling standardized —tg]


If you want to get rid of a companion not to your taste, a most safe and diplomatic way is to pester him with good advice. Nothing is more offensive than the perpetual thrusting of counsel upon persons who don't desire it. ~Thomas Clark Henley, A Handful of Paper Shavings, 1861


It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves. ~François VI, duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613–1680)


Rose, I wish you'd sit down and give me some honest-to-God advice. I won't promise to take it, so you can afford to give it. But... I do need it. ~Dorothy Thompson, letter to Rose Wilder Lane, 1921, edited by William V. Holtz


Most people when they come to you for advice come to have their own opinions strengthened, not corrected. ~Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw, 1818–1885)  [spelling standardized —tg]


No one wants advice — only corroboration. ~John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent, 1961


Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give, but dreadful uneasy to take. ~Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw, 1818–1885)  [spelling standardized —tg]


I give myself sometimes admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it. ~Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, 1726


He that will follow good advice, is a greater man than he that gives it. ~Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw, 1818–1885)  [spelling standardized —tg]


I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself. ~Oscar Wilde


A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice. ~E. W. Howe


There is no one who can give you wiser advice than you can give yourself: you will never make a slip, if you listen to your own heart. ~Cicero, translated by Evelyn S. Shuckburgh, 1905


The best kind of advice to follow is that which agrees with our own opinions. ~Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw, 1818–1885)  [spelling standardized —tg]


Advice is like kissing — it don't cost nothing, and is a pleasant thing to do. ~Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw, 1818–1885)  [spelling standardized —tg]





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