Quotes about Advice

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

John Churton Collins (26 March 1848 – 25 September 1908) English literary critic.


"When Thales was aked what was difficult, he said, 'to know one's self'. And what was easy, 'to advise another'."

Diogenes of Sinope (-) was a Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Cynic philosophy. Also known as Diogenes the Cynic, he was born in Sinope (modern-day Sinop, Turkey) in 412 or 404 BCE and died at Corinth in 323 BCE.


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

Josh Billings was the pen name of humorist born Henry Wheeler Shaw (20 April 1818 – 14 October 1885) He was perhaps the second most famous humor writer and lecturer in the United States in the second half of the 19th century after Mark Twain, although his reputation has not fared so well with later generations.


"Advice is seldom welcome, and those who need it the most, like it the least."

Lord Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (22 September 1694 - 24 March 1773) was a British statesman and man of letters.


"Giving advice is sometimes only showing our wisdom at the expense of others."

Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury (22 July 1621 – 21 January 1683) known as Anthony Ashley Cooper from 1621 to 1631, as Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, 2nd Baronet from 1631 to 1661, and as The Lord Ashley from 1661 to 1672, was a prominent English politician during the Interregnum and during the reign of King Charles II.


"Advice is one of those things it is far more blessed to give than to receive."

Carolyn Wells (June 18, 1862–March 26, 1942) was an American author and poet.


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

Karl Ludwig von Knebel (November 30, 1744 – February 23, 1834) German poet and translator.


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

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [January 6, 1705 – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity.


"Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway."

Warren Edward Buffett (born August 30, 1930) is an American investor, industrialist, and philanthropist. He is one of the most successful investors in the world. Often called the "legendary investor Warren Buffett", he is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people, he was ranked as the world's second wealthiest person in 2009 and is currently the third wealthiest person in the world as of 2010.


"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, 1st Viscount Saint Alban (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, lawyer, jurist and author. He famously died of pneumonia contracted while studying the effects of freezing on the preservation of meat.