Quotes about Advice

'T was good advice, and meant, my son, Be good.

George Crabbe

Ah, gentle dames! it gars me greet
To think how monie counsels sweet,
How monie lengthened sage advices,
The husband frae the wife despises.

Robert Burns

And with my advice, faith I wish you'd take me.

Samuel Lover

Many receive advice, few profit by it.

Publius Syrus

That it is unwise to be heedless ourselves while we are giving advice to others, I will show in a few lines.


It was a custom with Apelles, to which he most tenaciously adhered, never to let any day pass, however busy he might be, without exercising himself by tracing some outline or other,--a practice which has now passed into a proverb. It was also a practice with him, when he had completed a work, to exhibit it to the view of the passers-by in his studio, while he himself, concealed behind the picture, would listen to the criticisms.... Under these circumstances, they say that he was censured by a shoemaker for having represented the shoes with one latchet too few. The next day, the shoemaker, quite proud at seeing the former error corrected, thanks to his advice, began to criticise the leg; upon which Apelles, full of indignation, popped his head out and reminded him that a shoemaker should give no opinion beyond the shoes, --a piece of advice which has equally passed into a proverbial saying.

Pliny the Elder

After the battle in Pharsalia, when Pompey was fled, one Nonius said they had seven eagles left still, and advised to try what they would do. "Your advice," said Cicero, "were good if we were to fight jackdaws."


Solon gave the following advice: "Consider your honour, as a gentleman, of more weight than an oath. Never tell a lie. Pay attention to matters of importance."

Diogenes Laërtius

Nothing is given so profusely as advice.

François, duc de La Rochefoucauld

We may give advice, but we cannot inspire the conduct.

François, duc de La Rochefoucauld

You are a young man and still have your way to make so you won't resent a last bit of advice from an old codger like myself. Which is, to keep self-control. With self-control and keeping all personal feeling out of things allied to your book-learning, that way you should go far

You simply *must* stop taking other people's advice.

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

Oscar Wilde

When we ask advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.

Marquis de la Grange

Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it.

Agatha Christie

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

Oscar Wilde

When we ask advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.

Marquis de la Grange

In giving advice, seek to help, not please, a friend.


Most of us ask for advice when we know the answer but we want a different one.

Ivern Ball

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.

Gloria Steinem

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

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

English Proverb

It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than "try to be a little kinder." -Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894-1963)

The worst men often give the best advice. Our deeds are sometimes better than our thoughts.

Philip James Bailey

A fop sometimes gives important advice. [Fr., Un fat quelquefois ouvre un avis important.]

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

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