Quotes about Advice

"No one wants advice - only corroboration."

John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American writer. Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.


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

Josh Billings (20 April 1818 – 14 October 1885) was the pen name of humorist born Henry Wheeler Shaw. 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.


"Know when to tune out, if you listen to too much advice you may wind up making other peoples mistakes."

Ann Landers (-) was a pen name created by Chicago Sun-Times advice columnist Ruth Crowley in 1943 and taken over by Eppie Lederer in 1955. For 56 years, the Ask Ann Landers syndicated advice column was a regular feature in many newspapers across North America. Due to this popularity, "Ann Landers&qot;, though fictional, became something of a national institution and cultural icon.


"Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching."

Baltasar Gracián y Morales (January 8, 1601 – December 6,1658) was a Spanish Jesuit and baroque prose writer.


"I don't give advice. I can't tell anybody what to do. Instead I say this is what we know about this problem at this time. And here are the consequences of these actions."

Joyce Brothers (born September 20, 1927) is an American psychologist and advice columnist, publishing a daily syndicated newspaper column since 1960.


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

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.


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

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.


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

John Burroughs (April 3, 1837 – March 29, 1921) was an American naturalist and essayist important in the evolution of the U.S. conservation movement.


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

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