Quotes about Advice

"In giving advice, seek to help, not please, your friend."

Solon (c. 638 BC–558 BC) was an Athenian statesman, lawmaker, and poet. He is remembered particularly for his efforts to legislate against political, economic and moral decline in archaic Athens. His reforms failed in the short term yet he is often credited with having laid the foundations for Athenian democracy.


"Never take advice of someone who has not had your kind of trouble."

Sydney J. Harris (14 September 1917– 8 December 1986) was an American journalist for the Chicago Daily News and later the Chicago Sun-Times.


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

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and prominent aesthete. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his many epigrams, his plays which are still revived, and the tragedy of his imprisonment and early death.


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

Gordon Rupert Dickson (November 1, 1923 – January 31, 2001) was an American science fiction author.


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

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936) was an English writer. His prolific and diverse output included philosophy, ontology, poetry, play writing, journalism, public lecturing and debating, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy and detective fiction.


"Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example."

François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac (15 September 1613 – 17 March 1680) was a noted French author of maxims and memoirs. The view of human conduct his writings describe has been summed up by the words "everything is reducible to the motive of self-interest." Born in Paris, at a time when the royal court was oscillating between aiding the nobility and threatening it, he was considered an exemplar of the accomplished 17th-Century nobleman. Until 1650, he bore the title of Prince de Marcillac.


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

Erica Jong (March 26, 1942) is an American author and teacher.


"People who ask your 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."

Brendan Francis Behan (9 February 1923 – 20 March 1964) was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both Irish and English. He was also an Irish republican and a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army.


"It takes nearly as much ability to know how to profit by good advice as to know how to act for one's self."

François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac (15 September 1613 – 17 March 1680) was a noted French author of maxims and memoirs. The view of human conduct his writings describe has been summed up by the words "everything is reducible to the motive of self-interest." Born in Paris, at a time when the royal court was oscillating between aiding the nobility and threatening it, he was considered an exemplar of the accomplished 17th-Century nobleman. Until 1650, he bore the title of Prince de Marcillac.


"The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others."

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