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Advice

  • 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.

  • 'Pull yourself together' is seldom said to anyone who can.

  • People are always willing to follow advice when it accords with their own wishes.

  • Don't ever take advice from anyone who starts a sentence with, 'You may not like me for this, but it's for your own good — ' It never is.

  • Remember, George, this is no time to go wobbly.

    • Margaret Thatcher,
    • to George H.W. Bush, when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait (1990), in Andrea Mitchell, Talking Back ()
  • Please give me some good advice in your next letter. I promise not to follow it.

  • Mothers have a habit of proving right except you don't find that out until you're the age your mother was when she gave you the advice.

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

  • Advice ... is a habit-forming drug. You give a dear friend a bit of advice today, and next week you find yourself advising two or three friends, and the week after, a dozen, and the week following, crowds!

  • ... advice is one of those things it is far more blessed to give than to receive.

  • ... how could advice be successful? If it turns out right, the adviser is ignored and the advisee takes all the credit. If it proves mistaken, the adviser receives all the blame.

  • Insistent advice may develop into interference, and interference, someone has said, is the hind hoof of the devil.

  • I give my selfe sometimes admirable advice but I am incapable of taking it.

  • Something occurred while they were at Hartfield, to make Emma want their advice; and, which was still more lucky, she wanted exactly the advice they gave.

  • It is not advisable, James, to venture unsolicited opinions. You should spare yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to your listener.

  • But there is that about well-intentioned advice that has the opposite effect of the one intended, and causes a Spanish fly of perversity to enter into the hitherto passive soul.

  • ... there is nothing so easy as to be wise for others; a species of prodigality, by-the-by — for such wisdom is wholly wasted.

  • It is said that dispensing advice is easy. What is difficult is getting anyone to listen to it.

  • Advice is like a doctor's pills; how easily he gives them! how reluctantly he takes them when his turn comes!

  • I still give my friends relationship advice, of course, and I'm not bad at it. 'Anyone's crisis but mine' is my motto.

    • Carrie Fisher,
    • in Mimi Avins, "Carrie Fisher Takes Reality for a Spin," Los Angeles Times ()
  • Among the most disheartening and dangerous ... advisors, you will often find those closest to you, your dearest friends, members of your own family, perhaps, loving, anxious, and knowing nothing whatever ...

  • 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.

  • Giving other people advice is one of the most irritating and useless activities known to man.

  • Strange, when you ask anyone's advice you see yourself what is right.

  • 'For your own good' is a persuasive argument that will eventually make man agree to his own destruction.

  • If we could only use other folks' experience, this here world would be heaven in about three generations, but we're so constructed that we never believe fire'll burn till we poke our own fingers into it to see. Other folks' scars don't go no ways at all toward convincin' us.

  • I am very handy with my advice and then when anybody appears to be following it, I get frantic.

  • Spare me the people who ask, 'Have you thought about ... losing weight, hiring an assistant, buying a Pentium, working with an etiquette specialist, coloring your hair?'

  • Ever notice when we try to remake a person that we are seldom satisfied with the result?

  • The times when we need prayers or counsel, we are little like to be in a mood to learn, nor yet to understand.

  • ... Cousin Myron passed a kidney stone, and the doctors told him it's from not drinking enough water, which is why I'm telling you. Remember, honey, you're not a camel. They say that passing a stone feels like you're giving birth. And if you're gonna go through all that, I'd like to end up with something that can call me Grandma.

  • ... I listened to advice but I never took it.

  • No vice is so bad as advice.

  • Wash your hands and say your prayers because germs and Jesus are invisible but they're everywhere!

  • As time passes we all get better at blazing a trail through the thicket of advice.

  • It is very difficult to live among people you love and hold back from offering them advice.

  • Your eggs of advice ain't rotten like some folks'.

  • How dare you, unless you can hold up your own life as a model of rectitude, achievement, and halcyon happiness, open your mouth about the stubborn secrets of living?

  • There's precious little comes of telling people what they don't want to hear ...

  • Old saws have no teeth.

  • We are living in the era of the busybody. In ancient Greece, if a person wanted guidance, it involved a long, arduous expensive journey to consult the oracle at Delphi. Today, if you want guidance, all you have to do is unplug your ears.

  • Dress conservative, talk liberal, and think radical.

    • Margaret Egan,
    • to her children, in William Swanson, "Love Song of an Easter Christian," Mpls. St. Paul ()
  • The three little sentences that will get you through life. Number 1: Cover for me. Number 2: Oh, good idea, boss! Number 3: It was like that when I got here.

  • That's one of the privileges of old age — you can give plenty of advice 'cause most folks think that's all you got left anyway.

  • So-called good advice is always served with compliments and sprinkled with sugar. I don't like sugar.

  • A woman in love never takes advice.

  • You will find that free advice about your money is always available. It's usually those who lean back and give you the most 'positive' advice whose finances are bordering on catastrophe. They are often wrong, but never in doubt.

  • Nowadays there's an answer for everything; if your friends won't tell you, buy a book. ... How to behave toward a returned soldier or, if you are one, how to reconvert, budget, save friends, your hair, your nerves ... how to get along with your wife's second husband, raise dogs, find health, stability, religion ... how to acquire a new face, disposition, figure, love life, success ...

  • If someone offers a breath mint, take it.

  • ... I got lost. When I asked the attendant at the filling station how I could get to UCLA, I was told that the best way was to study hard!

  • 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!

  • Maybe that is the difference between pastoral counselors and spiritual directors. We go to counselors when we want help getting out of caves. We go to directors when we are ready to be led farther in.