Advice (also called exhortation) is a form of relating personal or institutional opinions, belief systems, values, recommendations or guidance about certain situations relayed in some context to another person, group or party often offered as a guide to action and/or conduct. Put a little more simply, an advice message is a recommendation about what might be thought, said, or otherwise done to address a problem, make a decision, or manage a situation.
- Arranged alphabetically by author.
- A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.
- Joseph Addison, The Spectator (1712).
- He can always pick out the Right Kind for the Other Fellow.
- George Ade, "The Girl Who Took Notes and Got Wise and Then Fell Down".
- Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
- Aesop, The Fox and the Goat (~500 B.C)
- Advice, n. The smallest current coin.
- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.
- What the world wants iz [sic] good examples, not so mutch advice; advice may be wrong, but examples prove themselves.
- Josh Billings, The Complete Works of Josh Billings (1842), under the heading "PUDDIN [sic] AND MILK."
- 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, 29th January 1748.
- A woman's advice is not worth much, but he who does not heed it is a fool.
- Pedro Calderon, El Medico de su Honra.
- Advice is more agreeable in the mouth than in the ear.
- Mason Cooley (1927-2002), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection (1985).
- We must be very careful when we give advice to younger people: sometimes they follow it!
- Beware of a counsellor. And know before what need he hath: for he will devise to his own mind.
- The Bible Ecclesiasticus, 37:9
- 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).
- The first Degree of Folly, is to conceit one’s self wise; the second to profess it; the third to despise Counsel.
- Fools need Advice most, but wise Men only are the better for it.
- Advice is given freely because so much of it is worthless.
- James Geary, American aphorist and journalist; quote from James Geary website, 2009.
- The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.
- Tony Bushell had a friend in the Welsh Guards whose father had said to him on his twenty-first birthday: "Three pieces of invaluable advice for you, my boy: nevah hunt south of the Thames, nevah drink port after champagne and nevah have your wife in the morning lest something bettah should turn up during the day."
- Laurence Olivier, Confessions of an Actor, p. 177.
- People who give me advice…I reckon they're talking to themselves.
- Nic Pizzolatto, said by Detective Cohle in the television show True Detective (2014)
- 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.
- Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.
- J. R. R. Tolkien, Gildor Inglorion to Frodo in, The Lord of the Rings, from The Fellowship of the Ring, Book I, Chapter 3 (1954).
- It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal.
- The Portrait Of Mr. W. H. (1889), p. 5.
- I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.
- Never give advice unasked.
- Mrs. E.B. Mawr, National Proverbs in Ten Languages (1885).
- Though thou hast ever so many counsellors, yet do not forsake the counsel of thy own soul.
- Henry George Bohn; John Ray (1899). A Hand-book of Proverbs: Comprising an Entire Republication of Ray's Collection of English Proverbs, with His Additions from Foreign Languages, and a Complete Alphabetical Index. p. 529. Retrieved on 31 July 2013.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- The worst men often give the best advice.
Our deeds are sometimes better than our thoughts.
- Philip James Bailey, Festus (1813), scene A Village Feast. Evening, line 917.
- Un fat quelquefois ouvre un avis important.
- A fop sometimes gives important advice.
- Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, L'Art Poétique, IV. 50.
- Ah, gentle dames! it gars me greet,
To think how mony counsels sweet,
How mony lengthened, sage advices,
The husband frae the wife despises.
- Robert Burns, Tam o' Shanter (1793), line 33.
- And may you better reck the rede,
Than ever did th' adviser.
- Robert Burns, Epistle to a Young Friend.
- She had a good opinion of advice,
Like all who give and eke receive it gratis.
For which small thanks are still the market price,
Even where the article at highest rate is.
- Dicen, que el primer consejo
Ha de ser de la muger.
- They say that the best counsel is that of woman.
- Calderon, El Médico de su Honra, I. 2.
- Let no man value at a little price
A virtuous woman's counsel; her wing'd spirit
Is feather'd oftentimes with heavenly words.
- George Chapman, The Gentleman Usher, Act IV, scene 1.
- 'Twas good advice, and meant,
"My son, be good."
- George Crabb, The Learned Boy, Volume V, Tale XXI.
- Know when to speake; for many times it brings
Danger to give the best advice to kings.
- Robert Herrick, Caution in Councell.
- Quidquid præcipies esto brevis.
- Whatever advice you give, be short.
- Horace, Ars Poetica (18 BC), CCCXXXV.
- We give advice, but we do not inspire conduct.
- François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxim 403.
- In rebus asperis et tenui spe fortissima quæque consilia tutissima sunt.
- In great straits and when hope is small, the boldest counsels are the safest.
- Livy, Annales, XXV. 38.
- No adventures mucho tu riqueza
Por consejo de hombre que ha pobreza.
- Hazard not your wealth on a poor man's advice.
- Manuel, Conde Lucanor.
- Remember Lot's wife.
- Luke, XVII. 32.
- C'est une importune garde, du secret des princes, à qui n'en à que faire.
- The secret counsels of princes are a troublesome burden to such as have only to execute them.
- Michel de Montaigne, Essays, III. 1.
- Primo dede mulieris consilio, secundo noli.
- Consilia qui dant prava cautis hominibus,
Et perdunt operam et deridentur turpiter.
- Those who give bad advice to the prudent, both lose their pains and are laughed to scorn.
- Phædrus, Fabulæ, I. 25.
- Be niggards of advice on no pretense;
For the worst avarice is that of sense.
- In the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
- Proverbs, XI. 14; XXIV. 6.
- Vom sichern Port lässt sich's gemächlich rathen.
- One can advise comfortably from a safe port.
- Friedrich Schiller, Wilhelm Tell, I. 1. 146.
- Bosom up my counsel,
You'll find it wholesome.
- When a wise man gives thee better counsel, give me mine again.
- Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice
Hath often still'd my brawling discontent.
- I pray thee cease thy counsel,
Which falls into mine ears as profitless
As water in a sieve.
- Direct not him, whose way himself will choose;
'Tis breath thou lack'st, and that breath wilt thou lose.
- No enemy is worse than bad advice.
- Sophocles, Electra.
- Many receive advice, only the wise profit by it.
- Syrus, Maxim 152.
- Che spesso avvien che ne' maggior perigli
Son più audaci gli ottimi consigli.
- For when last need to desperation driveth,
Who dareth most he wisest counsel giveth.
- Torquato Tasso, Gerusalemme, VI. 6.
- For when last need to desperation driveth,
- A dead father's counsel, a wise son heedeth.
- Esais Tegnèr, Fridthjof's Saga, Canto VIII.
- Facile omnes, quum valemus, recta consilia ægrotis damus.
- We all, when we are well, give good advice to the sick.
- Terence, Andria, II. 1. 9.