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The greatest luxury of riches is that they enable you to escape so much good advice.


Never trust the advice of someone in difficulties.
Distrust interested advice.
— Fables
Advice is an uncertain gift.
Advice is a habit-forming drug.
No enemy is worse than bad advice.
Good rarely came from good advice.
Whatever your advice, make it brief.
Advice, n.  The smallest current coin.
One gives nothing so freely as advice.
No one wants advice—only corroboration.
We ask advice, but we mean approbation.
No one wants advice, only corroboration.
Asking for advice is an act of humility.
The worst men often give the best advice.
One can advise comfortably from a safe port.
Unsolicited advice is the junk mail of life.
We may give advice, but we cannot give conduct.
Better to ask twice than to lose your way once.
— Danish proverb

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He who is afraid to ask is ashamed of learning.
— Danish proverb

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We are never so generous as when giving advice.
Express an opinion, but send advice by freight.

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Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.


We may give advice but we do not inspire conduct.
Advice after injury is like medicine after death.
— Danish proverb

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We may give advice, but we cannot inspire conduct.


A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.


Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.
Once you've given advice to someone, you're obligated.
We give advice by the bucket but take it by the grain.
We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.
Expert advice is a great comfort, even when it's wrong.


Advice is given freely because so much of it is worthless.
This is the gist of what I know:
Give advice and buy a foe.
Good advice usually works best when preceded by a bad scare.
The best advice yet given is that you don't have to take it.
A prince who is not wise himself will never take good advice.


To ask advice is in nine cases out of ten to tout for flattery.
Everyone tells you to have a nice day but nobody tells you how.
Fools need advice most, but wise men only are the better for it.
To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it.
When we are well, we all have good advice for those who are ill.


We advise others in areas we have difficulty advising ourselves.
Who cannot give good counsel?  'Tis cheap, it costs them nothing.
When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.
Advice should always be consumed between two thick slices of doubt.
There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice.
— The Spectator
We hate those who will not take our advice, and despise them who do.
A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.
Never take the advice of someone who has not had your kind of trouble.
Advice is like kissing; it costs nothing and is a pleasant thing to do.
My advice was delicately poised between the cliché and the indiscretion.
Do not offer advice which has not been seasoned by your own performance.
A woman's advice is not worth much, but he who does not heed it is a fool.
I sometimes give myself admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it.
Most of us ask for advice when we know the answer but want a different one.
Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadful uneasy to take.
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

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Don't think people judge your generosity by the amount of advice you give away.
A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice.
You don't need to take a person's advice to make him feel good—just ask for it.
In those days he was wiser than he is now; he used to frequently take my advice.
People are always willing to follow advice when it accords with their own wishes.
Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.
As time passes we all get better at blazing a trail through the thicket of advice.
Never take an advice from a salesman, or any advice that benefits the advice giver.
We are so happy to advise others that occasionally we even do it in their interest.
It is an easy thing for one whose foot
Is on the outside of calamity
to give advice.
He had only one vanity; he thought he could give advice better than any other person.
I give good advice with the same enthusiasm and sincerity in which I give bad advice.
Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching.


If you want people to like you, do not give them advice. Instead, ask them for advice.
It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal.
Know when to speake; for many times it brings
Danger, to give the best advice to kings.
Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.
Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them.
It is very difficult to live among people you love and hold back from offering them advice.
Some people know a lot more than they're willing to tell. Unfortunately, the reverse is true.
There is hardly a man on earth who will take advice unless he is certain it is positively bad.
I am very handy with my advice and then when anybody appears to be following it, I get frantic.
When a man comes to me for advice, I find out the kind of advice he wants-and I give it to him.
It is only too easy to make suggestions and later try to escape the consequences of what we say.
The brain may take advice, but not the heart, and love, having no geography, knows no boundaries.
You will always find some Eskimos ready to instruct the Congolese on how to cope with heat waves.
I wish to God that you had as much pleasure in following my advice, as I have in giving it to you.
I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.
Good advice is like a tight glove; it fits the circumstances, and it does not fit other circumstances.
I always pass on good advice.  It is the only thing to do with it.  It is never of any use to oneself.
How is it possible to expect that mankind will take advice, when they will not so much as take warning?
The advice of their elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.
Advice, like snow, the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.
Don't be troubled if the temptation to give advice is irresistible; the ability to ignore it is universal.
— Planned Security
I have found the best way to give advice to people is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
Old men are fond of giving advice to console themselves for being no longer in a position to give bad examples.


Old men delight in giving good advice as a consolation for the fact that they can no longer provide bad examples.
Insistent advice may develop into interference, and interference, someone has said, is the hind hoof of the devil.
People who have what they want are fond of telling people who haven't what they want that they really don't want it.

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I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want, and then advise them to do it.
I have found that the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want, and then advise them to do it.


The wanting of advice is the sign that the Spirit in you has not yet spoken with the compelling voice that you ought to obey.
Of the few innocent pleasures left to men past middle life, the jamming of common sense down the throats of fools is perhaps the keenest.

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Advice is sure of a hearing when it coincides with our previous conclusions, and therefore comes in the shape of praise or of encouragement.
I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.
I have lived some thirty years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors.
In matters of religion and matrimony I never give any advice; because I will not have anybody's torments in this world or the next laid to my charge.
When we feel a strong desire to thrust our advice upon others, it is usually because we suspect their weakness; but we ought rather to suspect our own.
Most of the advice we receive from others is not so much an evidence of their affection for us, as it is an evidence of their affection for themselves.
Advice almost never functions as a social lubricant; eight or nine times out of ten it makes people lose face, crushes their will, and creates a grudge.
When we feel a strong desire to thrust our advice upon others, it is usually because we suspect their weakness ; but we ought rather to suspect our own.
It is a little embarrassing that, after forty-five years of research and study, the best advice I can give to people is to be a little kinder to each other.

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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.
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.
On Venus it is considered a loving gesture to offer advice.  But on Mars it is not.  Women need to remember that Martians do not offer advice unless it is directly requested.

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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.
To give advice to a friend, either asked or unasked, is so far from a fault that it is a  duty; but if a man love to give advice, it is a sure sign that he himself wanteth it.
I am melancholy when I see, or even hear of, other people behaving badly.  I often long to direct them with good advice, and refrain only because I know that friendship itself will not stand the strain of very much good advice for very long.
It's queer how ready people always are with advice in any real or imaginary emergency, and no matter how many times experience has shown them to be wrong, they continue to set forth their opinions, as if they had received them from the Almighty!
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 much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand.
A man takes contradiction and advice much more easily than people think, only he will not bear it when violently given, even though it be well-founded.  Hearts are flowers; they remain open to the softly-falling dew, but shut up in the violent downpour of rain.
If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and, when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, "I will be bigger than you.  You cannot defeat me."

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