Advice

Facts are worthless to a man if he has to keep running to somebody else for advice on how to use them.

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

Old men are fond of giving good advice, to console themselves for being no longer in a position to give bad examples.

We give advice, but we do not inspire conduct.

We give nothing so freely as advice.

No one was ever the better for advice: in general, what we called giving advice was properly taking an occasion to show our own wisdom at another’s expense; and to receive advice was little better than tamely to afford another the occasion of raising himself a character from our defects.

The best advice on the art of being happy is about as easy to follow as advice to be well when one is sick.

The advice of a scholar, whose piles of learning were set on fire by imagination, is never to be forgotten. Proportion an hour's reflection to an hour's reading, and so dispirit the book into the student.

Beware of unsolicited advice.

All propaganda messages tend to occur in three stages: the stage of drawing attention and arousing interest, the stage of emotional stimulation, and the stage of showing how tension thus created can be relieved (i.e., by accepting the speaker’s advice).

Advice is generally judged by results, not by intentions.

To give and receive advice – the former with freedom and yet without bitterness, the latter with patience and without irritation – is peculiarly appropriate to genuine friendship.

Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it.

Those who can take advice are sometimes superior to those who can give it.

Bread is the best advice to the hungry.

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.

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

People who ask our advice almost never take it. Yet we should never refuse to give it, upon request, for it often helps us to see our own way more clearly.

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

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