Advice
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
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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.
Beware of a counsellor. And know before what need he hath: for he will devise to his own mind. ~ Ben Sira
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties. ~ Aesop
Saint Augustine:Give then to the poor; I beg, I advise, I charge, I Command you. Give to the poor whatever ye will.
Jeremy Bentham:Destitute of the lawful means of supporting his rank, his dignity presents a motive for malversation, and his power furnishes the means.
Gerald Ford:The exclusive right to declare war, the duty to advise and consent on the part of the Senate, the power of the purse on the part of the House are ample authority for the legislative branch and should be jealously guarded.
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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.).
The exclusive right to declare war, the duty to advise and consent on the part of the Senate, the power of the purse on the part of the House are ample authority for the legislative branch and should be jealously guarded.
Anonymous : In Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States Gerald R. Ford, p. 2920.
Mr Turnbull declined this proposition so I advised that I would have no alternative but to resign from the Shadow Cabinet as I was not able ...
Anonymous : In Defiant Turnbull takes on climate rebels
Come now, my Lugalbanda. I shall give you some advice: may my advice be heeded. I shall say words to you: bear them in mind.
Anzud, in Lugalbanda and the Anzud Bird, Ur III Period (21st century BCE).[1]
It is every man's own fault if he does not take such advice as will be sure to lead him right.
William Henry Ashurst, Goodtitle v. Otway (1797), 7 T. R. 420.
He Marcus Aurelius Antoninus advises us to examine well all the impressions on our minds (φαντασίαι) and to form a right judgment of them, to make just conclusions, and to inquire into the meanings of words, and so far to apply Dialectic;...
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, quoted in Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, p. 46.
Give then to the poor; I beg, I advise, I charge, I Command you. Give to the poor whatever ye will.
Saint Augustine, in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers: First Series, Volume VI St. Augustine, p. 298.
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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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
Asked another, smiling but serious, “How can we become better writers than we are?” “Well,” DB advised, for starters, read through the whole history of philosophy, from the pre-Socratics up through last semester. That might help.
Donald Barthelme, in Final Fridays: Essays, Lectures, Tributes & Other Nonfiction, 1995 quoted by John Barth in p. 261.
After his success in business, he devoted his time toward advising Democratic presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt on economic matters
Bernard Baruch, in e-Study Guide for: People and a Nation : Brief, Complete by Norton, ISBN ..., p. 630.
Destitute of the lawful means of supporting his rank, his dignity presents a motive for malversation, and his power furnishes the means.
Jeremy Bentham, in Malversation
Advice, n. The smallest current coin.
Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic's Dictionary (1906); republished as The Devil's Dictionary (1911).
What the world wants iz good examples, not so mutch advice; advice may be wrong, but examples prove themselves.
Josh Billings, The Complete Works of Josh Billings (1842).
Un fat quelquefois ouvre un avis important.
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the new Brazilian president, on being advised to stay in the United States after his brother's arrest for political activity in Brazil, 1975 In October 2002, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made history when he became Latin America's first democratically elected socialist leader since Salvador Allende. Lula and his Workers Party won comfortably with nearly 62 percent of Brazil's popular vote.
Sue Branford, Bernardo Kucinski, Hilary Wainwright, in Download Lula and the Workers' Party in Brazil - Sue Branford, Bernardo Kucinski, Hilary Wainwright.
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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
And may you better reck the rede,
Than ever did th' adviser.
Robert Burns, Epistle to a Young Friend. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
Who cannot give good counsel? 'tis cheap, it cost them nothing.
Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy (1621).
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.
Lord Byron, Don Juan (1818-24), Canto XV, Stanza 29. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
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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. (1637)
Dicen, que el primer consejo
Ha de ser de la muger.
Day: You're here to advise people to vote 'Yes' aren't you? Callaghan: … I am here, and the Prime Minister has taken the same line; it is our job to advise the British people on what we think is the right result.
James Callaghan, in The British General Elections 1945-92: The 1975 referendum.
Furthermore, the district's legal counsel advised that a dress code requiring constraining, modest, fully binding undergarments would be ...
Buster Casey in Rant (novel) Rant: The Oral History of Buster Casey p. 99 quoted by Chuck Palahniuk.
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. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
It was a subject which she had studied for examinations and on which she had thereafter advised a number of clients: she naturally did not suppose, in these circumstances that it had anything to do with real life.
Sarah Caudwell, in Thus Was Adonis Murdered.
'Twas good advice, and meant,
"My son, be good."
George Crabb, The Learned Boy, Volume V, Tale XXI. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
Advice is more agreeable in the mouth than in the ear.
Mason Cooley (1927-2002), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection (1985).
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I don't know if it is a fungus or some kind of congenital birth defect, but as your attorney in this matter I advise you to take no further...
Daredevil (film), in Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson (Character).
We must be very careful when we give advice to younger people: sometimes they follow it!
Edsger W. Dijkstra, "The Humble Programmer", Communications of the ACM 15 (10), (October 1972): pp. 859–866.
Leaders we've helped to diminish because they did not fit the mold we think they should fit, no matter how ill advised that thought may be.
Bob Dylan, in The Bob Dylan encyclopedia, p. 54.
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At Wal-Mart, a co-worker once advised me that, although I had a lot to learn, it was also important not to "know too much," or at least never to reveal to one’s full abilities to management;…
Barbara Ehrenreich, in A Unified Theory of Happiness: An East-Meets-West Approach to Fully Loving ..., p. 85.
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).
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Ran over all my thoughts, despised my fate, Reasoned against the reasons of my love, Done all that smoothed-cheek virtue could advise, But found all bootless: 'tis my destiny That you must either love, or I must die.
John Ford (dramatist), in The Routledge Anthology of Renaissance Drama, p. 429.
Much less is it advisable for a Person to go thither to America, who has no other Quality to recommend him but his Birth. In Europe it has indeed its value;...
Benjamin Franklin, in The Works of Benjamin Franklin: Containing Several Political and ..., Volume 2, p. 469.
The first Degree of Folly, is to conceit one’s self wise; the second to profess it; the third to despise Counsel.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack (1744).
Fools need Advice most, but wise Men only are the better for it.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack (1758).
Who says Jack is not generous? he is always fond of giving: and cares not for receiving. –What? Why; Advice.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack (1740)
We may give advice, but we cannot give conduct.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack (1758).
He that advised thee not to let the Sun set in thine anger, did not command thee to trust a deceiving Enemy next Morning. 2048. ...
Thomas Fuller (writer), in Thomas Fuller, M. D., 1654 – 1734, Introductio ad prudentiam, Part II (1727).
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Mahatma Gandhi:And so I receive anonymous letters advising me that I must not interfere with the progress of non-co-operation even though popular violence may break out.
And so I receive anonymous letters advising me that I must not interfere with the progress of non-co-operation even though popular violence may break out.
Mahatma Gandhi, in The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought: Volume 2: The ..., p. 186.
Advice is given freely because so much of it is worthless.
James Geary, American journalist, writer, and aphorist; as quoted from James Geary's website, "My Aphorisms" section.
The artist may be well advised to keep his work to himself till it is completed, because no one can readily help him or advise him with it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in Literature and Mass Culture, p. 32.
Askhole n. ~ A person who constantly asks for your advice, yet ALWAYS does the complete opposite of what you told them to do.
The signature "green eyed lady 13", Urban Dictionary (2014)
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From the time Professor Einstein came to this country until his death, I prepared his income tax returns and advised him on his tax problems.
Briton Hadden, in Albert Einstein, in Time, Volume 81, p. 12.
I advise you to say the thing you want to say. When I began to preach, another of my Nestors said to me, "Edward, I give you one piece of advice. When you have written your sermon, leave off the introduction and leave off the conclusion. The introduction seems to me always written to show that the minister can preach two sermons on one text. Leave that off, then, and it will do for another Sunday. The conclusion is written to apply to the congregation the doctrine of the sermon. But, if your hearers are such fools that they cannot apply the doctrine to themselves, nothing you can say will help them." In this advice was much wisdom. It consists, you see, in advising to begin, at the beginning, and to stop when you have done.
Edward Everett Hale, in Chapter IV How to Do It (1871
The greatest luxury of riches is that they enable you to escape so much good advice. The rich are always advising the poor, but the poor seldom return the compliment.
Helps, in Frank Leslie's Sunday Magazine, Volume 3, p. 469.
Christian-anarchism is based upon the answer of Jesus to the Pharisees when He said that he without sin was to cast the first stone; and upon the Sermon on the Mount which advises the return of good for evil and the turning of the other cheek.
Ammon Hennacy on Jesus, in Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism, p. 83.
Know when to speake; for many times it brings
Danger to give the best advice to kings.
Robert Herrick, Caution in Councell. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
Quidquid præcipies esto brevis.
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Thomas Jefferson:A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercise, advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness.
I was also officially advised that during the long vacation it might be profitable to attain at least nodding acquaintance with the curriculum, and thus stave off the already likely possibility that I would receive a degree classified so low it would tantamount to a certificate of mental disability.
Clive James, in May Week Was In June, p. 35.
A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercise, advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness.
Thomas Jefferson, in Jefferson at Monticello, p. 27.
I'm not advising cruelty or brutality with no purpose. My point is that cruelty with purpose is not cruelty-it's efficiency.
Sally M. Johnston, in Advancing campus efficiencies, p. 1.
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't...
Erica Jong, How to Save Your Own Life (1977).
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Black Kettle:...I was the only man who persevered to be friend of the white man since they have come and cleaned out (robbed) our lodges, horses, and everything else, it is hard for me to believe white men anymore.
...a scientist has the additional responsibility that comes with being a specialist: explaining science to the public, advising of its usefulness and benefits, and warning of its dangers and disadvantages.This is the responsibility of a specialist.
Larkin Kerwin, in Visions of Canada: The Alan B. Plaunt Memorial Lectures, 1958 – 1992, p. 492.
My shame is as big as the earth, although I will do what my friends advise me to do. I once thought that I was the only man who persevered to be friend of the white man since they have come and cleaned out (robbed) our lodges, horses, and everything else, it is hard for me to believe white men anymore.
Black Kettle, in Congressional Serial Set, p. 704.
A husband has no enforceable right to require a wife to advise him before she exercises her personal choices. Planned Parenthood v. Casey … of the [fetal-being] outweighs a wife's liberty, the State could require a married woman to notify her husband before she uses postfertilization contraceptives.
Justices O'Connor, Kennedy, and Souter, Pro-choice and Anti-abortion: Constitutional Theory and Public Policy : with ..., p. 42.
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Charles Lindbergh:What pilot has not been in positions where he was in danger and where perfect judgment would have advised against going? But when a man is caught in such a position he is judged only by his error and seldom given credit.
Nelson Mandela:I explained to the crowd that my voice was hoarse from a cold and that my physician had advised me not to attend. "I hope that you will not disclose to him that I have violated his instructions."
We give advice, but we do not inspire conduct.
François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxim 403. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
Advice generally does require some very powerful argument to be taken.
Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Romance and Reality, Vol 3, Chapter 13.
Easy ’tis advice to give,
Hard it is advice to take
Years that lived—and years to live,
Wide and weary difference make.
Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Fisher's Drawing Room Scrap Book, 1835 (1834), 'The Fairy of the Fountains'
Based on what you know about him in history books, what do you think Abraham Lincoln would be doing if he were alive today? 1) Writing his memoirs of the Civil War.2) advising the President.3) Desperately clawing at the inside of his coffin.
David Letterman, in Only Joking: What's So Funny About Making People Laugh?, p. 162.
What pilot has not been in positions where he was in danger and where perfect judgment would have advised against going? But when a man is caught in such a position he is judged only by his error and seldom given credit.
Charles Lindbergh, in The wartime journals of Charles A. Lindbergh, p. 60.
In rebus asperis et tenui spe fortissima quæque consilia tutissima sunt.
Remember Lot's wife.
Luke, XVII. 32. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed.... Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them....
Martin Luther, in Burning Books, p. 31.
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I explained to the crowd that my voice was hoarse from a cold and that my physician had advised me not to attend. "I hope that you will not disclose to him that I have violated his instructions,"
Nelson Mandela, in Today's best nonfiction, p. 184.
No adventures mucho tu riqueza
Por consejo de hombre que ha pobreza.
C'est une importune garde, du secret des princes, à qui n'en à que faire.
It is not necessary that they have their own free churches for such idolatry. Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed. For they pursue in them the same aims as in their synagogues.
Moses, in Racism: A Global Reader, p. 259.
...their inalienable right. I advised them to keep their arms; and further, I advised them to use their arms in their own defence, against all assailants — even assailants that might come to attack them, unconstitutionally and improperly using the queen’s name as their sanction.
John Martin (Young Irelander) of Ireland in Guilty Or Not Guilty?": Speeches from the Dock, Or Protests OfIrish ..., p. 94.
Tuesday the freighter steamed through the Straits of Gibraltar and for five days plowed eastward through the Mediterranean, past islands and peninsulas rich in history, so that on Saturday night the steward advised Dr. Cullinane, “If you wish an early sight of the Holy Land you must be up at dawn..
James A. Michener, in The Bibliophile's Devotional: 365 Days of Literary Classics, p. 22.
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If I were an Englishman, I should esteem the man who advised a war with China to be the greatest living enemy of my country. You would be beaten in the end, and perhaps a revolution in India would follow.
Napoleon I of France, in Puzzles and Essays from "The Exchange": Tricky Reference Questions, p. 43.
Sand Bravo, be advised, running diagnostics to scan for malfunction: Nome AFB: The skies are clear, station. You got yourself some phantom dots.
NORAD HQ, in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Mission 6 Cutscene - Wolverines!
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 not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude.
Primo dede mulieris consilio, secundo noli.
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The Hairy Ape (1922): Be as artificial as you are, I advise. There's a sort of sincerity in that, you know. And, after all, you must confess you like that better.
Eugene O'Neill, in The Ultimate Scene Study Series: 103 Short Scenes for 3 Actors, p. 453.
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.
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Plutarch:He that first started that doctrine, that knavery is the best defense against a knave, was but an ill teacher, advising us to commit wickedness to secure ourselves.
Do not take counsel of your fears.
George Patton, The Patton Papers: 1940-1945
We have no constitutional authority to police the world or involve ourselves in nation building, in making the world safe for our style of democracy. Our founders advised against it and the early presidents followed that advice. If we believe strongly in our ideals, the best way to spread them is to set a good example so that others will voluntarily emulate us. Force will not work. Besides, we do not have the money.
Ron Paul, in Defense Secretary Panetta Believes in a Strong, Extended Presence in Afghanistan
If you can't even clean up your own room, who the hell are you to give advice to the world?
Jordan Peterson, Message to Milennials: How to Change the World – Properly (2016)
Consilia qui dant prava cautis hominibus,
Et perdunt operam et deridentur turpiter.
Consilia qui dant prava cautis hominibus,
Et perdunt operam et deridentur turpiter.
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).
He that first started that doctrine, that knavery is the best defense against a knave, was but an ill teacher, advising us to commit wickedness to secure ourselves.
Plutarch or Plutarchus after becoming Roman citizen, in defense.
Without asking anybody's advice, I turned myself insane sitting under the same sun and the same clouds. I believed all along, one day everyone would go mad just to see me sane.
Suman Pokhrel
Be niggards of advice on no pretense;
For the worst avarice is that of sense.
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism (1709), line 578. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
In the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
Proverbs, XI. 14; XXIV. 6. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
The way of fools is right in their own eyes,
but those who listen to advice are the wise.
Proverbs 12:15, New American Bible Revised Edition
Never give advice unasked.
Proverbs in: 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.
Proverbs in: 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.
Indo-Fijians have a good future in Fiji but unfortunately they are being ill-advised, their community leaders lack good leadership. The idea is to look for opportunities, to be different and to identify your own advantages.
Hari Punja, in Interview With Mr Hari Punja
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Theodore Roosevelt:Mr. Taft never asked my advice in the matter, but if he had asked it, I should have emphatically advised him against thus stating publicly his religious belief.
For us the Hurtgen was one of the most costly, most unproductive, and most ill-advised battles that our army has ever fought.
Geoffrey Regan, in Fight or flight, p. 253.
Les vieillards aiment à donner de bons préceptes, pour se consoler de n'être plus en état de donner de mauvais exemples.
Mr. Taft never asked my advice in the matter, but if he had asked it, I should have emphatically advised him against thus stating publicly his religious belief.
Theodore Roosevelt, in Letters of Theodore Roosevelt: The big stick, 1905-1909, p. 1334.
The critic's role is to steer him in the proper direction and advise changes in his technique and subject matter that will coordinate his efforts with the forces of development.
Harold Rosenberg, in Art on the Edge: Creators and Situations, p. 249.
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If a man love to give advice, it is a sure sign that he himself wanteth it.
George Savile, Marquess of Halifax, “Miscellaneous Thoughts and Reflections,” Complete Works (Oxford:1912), p. 244.
Don't use strong drink,
pray let me advise,
—It 's bad for the stomach, and ruins the eyes.
John Godfrey Saxe, in Poems "Polyphemus and Ulysses” , p. 130.
The critic's role is to steer him in the proper direction and advise changes in his technique and subject matter that will coordinate his efforts with the forces of development.
Michael Scheuer, in Art on the Edge: Creators and Situations, p. 249.
Vom sichern Port lässt sich's gemächlich rathen.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.
Mary Schmich, Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young (1997)
By 1922, General Hans von Seeckt, commander of the German armed forces, was secretly advising his government: "Poland's existence is intolerable, incompatible with the essential conditions of Germany's life. Poland must go and will go". He added that Poland's obliteration "must be one of the fundamental​objectives of German policy...With the disappearance of Poland will fall one of the strongest pillars of the Versailles Peace, the hegemony of France.
General Hans von Seeckt, in The Collapse of the Third Republic (1969) by William L. Shirer
Bosom up my counsel,
You'll find it wholesome.
William Shakespeare, Henry VIII (c. 1613), Act I, scene 1, line 112. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
When a wise man gives thee better counsel, give me mine again.
William Shakespeare, King Lear (1608), Act II, scene 4, line 76. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice
Hath often still'd my brawling discontent.
William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure (1603), Act IV, scene 1, line 8. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
I pray thee cease thy counsel,
Which falls into mine ears as profitless
As water in a sieve.
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing (1598-99), Act V, scene 1, line 3. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
Direct not him, whose way himself will choose;
'Tis breath thou lack'st, and that breath wilt thou lose.
William Shakespeare, Richard II (c. 1595), Act II, scene 1, line 29. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
Beware of a counsellor. And know before what need he hath: for he will devise to his own mind.
Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus, 37:9 DRB
Seek no advice from a woman about her rival, from a coward about war, from a merchant about business, from a buyer about value, from a miser about generosity, from a cruel person about well-being, from a worthless worker about his work, from a seasonal laborer about the harvest, from an idle slave about a great task— pay no attention to any advice they give.
Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus, 37:11 NABRE
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. That has been my secret, and I have never had any quarrels. What if people are fools or knaves, it is not your house-keeping and you had far better leave them to their fate. The more you try to prove yourselves in the right and D. in the wrong, the more you will confirm him in his own views. Nothing makes people more furious than being proved to be in the wrong; and even if you convince D. he will always hate you.
Hannah Whitall Smith, Philadelphia Quaker: The Letters of Hannah Whitall Smith (1950), p. 146 (part_5, p. 3 in linked document).
No one wants advice, only corroboration.
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent (1961).
Many receive advice, only the wise profit by it.
Syrus, Maxim 152. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
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Che spesso avvien che ne' maggior perigli
Son più audaci gli ottimi consigli.
A dead father's counsel, a wise son heedeth.
Esais Tegnèr, Fridthjof's Saga, Canto VIII. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
Facile omnes, quum valemus, recta consilia ægrotis damus.
What question can be here? Your own true heart
Must needs advise you of the only part:
That may be claim'd again which was but lent,
And should be yielded with no discontent;
Not surely can we find herein a wrong,
That it was left us enjoy for so long.
Richard Chenevix Trench, in English Verse: Lyrics of the XIXth century, p. 168.
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.
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Gore Vidal:I am at heart a propagandist, "he says," a tremendous hater, a tiresome nag, complacently positive that there is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.
I am at heart a propagandist, "he says," a tremendous hater, a tiresome nag, complacently positive that there is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.
Gore Vidal, in Cultural Criticism, 1969-1990: From Architectural Damages to Press ..., Volume 6, p. 132.
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Frank Lloyd Wright:The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
Edmund Waller:...With such old counselors they did advise, And frequenting sacred groves grew wise.
In such green palaces the first kings reign'd, Slept in their shades, and angels entertain'd; With such old counselors they did advise, And frequenting sacred groves grew wise.
Edmund Waller, in Dictionnary of the English Language with Numerous Corrections and with the ..., p. 232.
You know, I want to just advise people watching at home playing that now popular drinking game of you take a shot whenever the Republicans say something that's not true:Please assign a designated driver.
Anthony Weiner, in When the Tea Party Came to Town: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives ..., p. 52.
I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.
Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband (1895), Act I.
If only the last of these is justifiable, all are understandable concerns. But it is hard to see what can be the purpose of musicology if not to advise people on what to hear and how to hear it.
Daniel Leech-Wilkinson, in Companion to Medieval and Renaissance Music, p. 3.
The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
Frank Lloyd Wright, in Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations, p. 19.
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To forget good counsel is to forget the experiences that prompted the soul to desire prudence: and when those are forgotten, it is not surprising that prudence itself is forgotten.
Xenophon, Memorabilia
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