An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown




It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.


Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greek dramatist)


Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


Be smart, be intelligent and be informed.


Tony Alesandra (American businessman, author, speaker)


We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.


William R. Alger (1822-1905, American writer)


Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Moms. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.


Nelson Algren (1909-1981, American author)


All the advice in the world will never help you until you help yourself.


Fred Van Amburgh


To listen to some devout people, one would imagine that God never laughs.


Ghose Aurobindo (1872-1950, Philosopher)


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.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


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.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


The worst men often give the best advice.


Philip James Bailey (1816-1902, British poet)


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


Ivern Ball


Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else.


Ivern Ball


A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad track an inch between wreck and smooth, rolling prosperity.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.


Walter Benjamin (1982-1940, German critic, philosopher)


Consult. To seek another's approval of a course already decided on.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


Advice is like castor oil, easy to give, but dreadful to take.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


Most people when they come to you for advice, come to have their own opinions strengthened, not corrected.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


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.


Phillips Brooks (1835-1893, American minister, poet)


We ask advice but we mean approbation.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Let no man under value the price of a virtuous woman's counsel.


George Chapman (1557-1634, British dramatist, translator, poet)


Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


In matters of religion and matrimony I never give any advice; because I will not have anybody's torments in this world or the next laid to my charge.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


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


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


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


Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, British poet, critic, philosopher)


Never claim as a right what you can ask as a favor.


John Churton Collins


To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it.


John Churton Collins


A word to the wise isn't necessary, it is the stupid ones who need all the advice.


Bill Cosby (1937-, American actor, comedian, producer)


There is hardly a man on earth who will take advice unless he is certain that it is positively bad.


Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977, American author, critic)


I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.


Gene Fowler (1890-1960, American journalist, biographer)


They that will not be counseled, cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason she will rap you on the knuckles.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


When in doubt, don't.


Saul W. Gellerman (American academic)


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


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


Have a good day, count your blessings, and pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are.


Racheal Gordon


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


Marquis de la Grange


Generally speaking, when a woman offers unsolicited advice or tries to help a man, she has no idea of how critical and unloving she may sound to him.


John Gray (American relationship expert, author)


To offer a man unsolicited advice is to presume that he doesn't know what to do or that he can't do it on his own.


John Gray (American relationship expert, author)


Always be nice to bankers.  Always be nice to pension fund managers.  Always be nice to the media.  In that order.


Lord Hanson (British executive)


The rich are always advising the poor, but the poor seldom return the compliment.


Sir Arthur Helps (1813-1875, British historian, novelist, essayist)


We all admire the wisdom of people who come to us for advice.


Jack Herbert


The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


A good scare is worth more than good advice.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Whatever advice you give, be short.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.


Ben Johnson (1572-1637, British clergyman, poet, painter)


Sometimes there is equal or more ability in knowing how to use good advice than there is in giving it.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.


I Ching (12th century BC, Chinese book of changes)


The advice that is wanted is commonly not welcome and that which is not wanted, evidently an effrontery.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


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


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


He who can take advice is sometimes superior to him who can give it.


Karl Von Knebel


Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Old men delight in giving good advice as a consolation for the fact that they can no longer set bad examples.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


The one thing people are the most liberal with, is their advice.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


The person giving the advice returns the confidence placed in him with a disinterested eagerness... and he is usually guided only by his own interest or reputation.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


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


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


We may give advice, but not the sense to use it.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


We often credit ourselves with vices the reverse of what we have, thus when weak we boast of our obstinacy.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


It takes a great man to give sound advice tactfully, but a greater to accept it graciously.


J. C. Macaulay


It is only too easy to make suggestions and later try to escape the consequences of what we say.


Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964, Indian nationalist, statesman)


Number one: Don't frisk me. Don't hurt me physically. Don't get anywhere near my neck. And don't call me Regis. [Advice to his guests]


David Letterman (1947-, American TV personality)


Never give anyone the advice to buy or sell shares, because the most benevolent price of advice can turn out badly.


Lope de Vega (1562-1635, Spanish playwright)


Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give to some people.


Thomas L. Masson


Your friends praise your abilities to the skies, submit to you in argument, and seem to have the greatest deference for you; but, though they may ask it, you never find them following your advice upon their own affairs; nor allowing you to manage your own, without thinking that you should follow theirs. Thus, in fact, they all think themselves wiser than you, whatever they may say.


Lord Melbourne (1779-1848, British statesman, Prime Minister)


I sometimes give myself admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it.


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762, British society figure, letter writer)


It is easier to cope with a bad conscience than with a bad reputation.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


If I wanted to become a tramp, I would seek information and advice from the most successful tramp I could find. If I wanted to become a failure, I would seek advice from people who have never succeeded. If I wanted to succeed in all things, I would look around me for those who are succeeding, and do as they have done.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


We may give advice, but we cannot give conduct.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


Never give advice in a crowd.


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


If you want to find out about the road ahead, then ask about it from those coming back.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


If your strength is small, don't carry heavy burdens. If your words are worthless, don't give advice.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Advice is least heeded when most needed.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Nothing is given as easily as advice.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Never give advice unless asked.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


To advise is easier than to help.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


To advise is not to compel.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Give neither counsel nor salt till you are asked for it.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Beware of the person who gives you advice according to his own interests.


Jewish Proverb (Sayings of Jewish origin)


It is a rarity to find someone who can weigh other people's faults without putting his own thumbs on the scale.


Paraguayan Proverb


Never advise anyone to go to war or to get married. Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present. He that has no children brings them up well.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Never advise someone to go to war or to get married.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Ask advice from everyone, but act with your own mind.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


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.


Hannah Whitall Smith


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


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


One can advise comfortably from a safe port.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


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.


David Seabury (American doctor, author)


Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


I'm not a teacher: only a fellow-traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead -- ahead of myself as well as you.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


We hate those who will not take our advice, and despise them who do.


Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-1885, American humorist)


No one wants advice, only corroboration.


John Steinbeck (1902-1968, American author)


These words dropped into my childish mind as if you should accidentally drop a ring into a deep well. I did not think of them much at the time, but there came a day in my life when the ring was fished up out of the well, good as new.


Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896, American novelist, antislavery campaigner)


It is bad advice that cannot be changed.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Many receive advice; few profit by it.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


If one man says to thee, "Thou art a donkey," pay no heed. If two speak thus, purchase a saddle.


The Talmud (BC 500?-400? AD, Jewish archive of oral tradition)


A fool think he needs no advice, but a wise man listens to others.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


I wouldn't recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me.


Hunter S. Thompson (1939-, American journalist)


Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


I have lived some thirty-odd years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


A pint of example is worth a gallon of advice


Author Unknown


A word to the wise is infuriating.


Author Unknown


Advice is the only commodity on the market where the supply always exceeds the demand.


Author Unknown


Anybody who ask for advice nowadays just hasn't been listening.


Author Unknown


Good advice is beyond all price.


Author Unknown


Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them.


Author Unknown


Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.


Author Unknown


Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.


Author Unknown


It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is fatal.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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


Author Unknown


Give help rather than advice.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


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


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Some of these people need ten years of therapy -- ten sentences of mine do not equal ten years of therapy.


Jeff Zaslow (1925-, American advice columnist)


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