Advice quotes

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 now knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.

- Nouwen, Henri

The best advisers, helpers and friends, always are not those who tell us how to act in special cases, but who give us, out of themselves, the ardent spirit and desire to act right, and leave us then, even through many blunders, to find out what our own form of right action is.

- Brooks, Phillips

Their plans were improved with the best advice.

- J. R. R.Tolkien

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.

- Bacon, Francis

It is easy to give advice from a port of safety.

- Schiller, Johann Friedrich Von

Don't give advice. It will come back and bite you in the [butt]. Don't take anyone's advice. So, my advice to you is to be true to yourself and everything will be fine.

- Ellen DeGeneres

To ask advice is in nine cases out of ten to tout for flattery.

- John Churton Collins

When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies.

- Gibran, Kahlil

We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.

- La Rochefoucauld, Francois De

He who does not seek advice is a fool. His folly blinds him to Truth and makes him evil, stubborn, and a danger to his fellow men.

- Kahlil Gibran

Advice to writers: Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin.

- Stanislaw J. Lec

Don't follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise.

- Seabury, David

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

- Ball, Ivern

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

- Churchill, Winston

Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.

- La Rochefoucauld, Francois De

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.

- Erica Jong

Advice from a veteran trapeze performer: Throw your heart over the bars and your body will follow.


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 of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man's self.

- Bacon, Francis

Old men are fond of giving good advice to console themselves for their inability to give bad examples.

- La Rochefoucauld, Francois De

Give neither advice nor salt, until you are asked for it.

- English Proverb

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