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It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.
In order to convince it is necessary to speak with spirit and wit; to advise, it must come from the heart.
- Henri Francois d'Aguesseau
We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.
- William R. Alger
Before giving advice we must have secured its acceptance, or, rather, have made it desired.
- Henri-Frederic Amiel
He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.
- Francis Bacon
There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer; for there is no such flatterer as a man's self, and there is no such remedy against flattery of a man's self as the liberty of a friend.
- Francis Bacon
The worst men often give the best advice.
Our deeds are sometimes better than our thoughts.
- Philip James Bailey, Festus
(sc. A Village Feast, Evening)
Downright admonition, as a rule, is too blunt for the recipient.
- Henry Ward Beecher
Remember Lot's wife.
- Bible, Luke (ch. XVII, v. 32)
Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellers there is safety.
- Bible, Proverbs (ch. XI, v. 14)
For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellers there is safety.
- Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXIV, v. 6)
A fop sometimes gives important advice.
[Fr., Un fat quelquefois ouvre un avis important.]
- Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux, L'Art Poetique
It is not advice, but approval, which we crave.
- Marquis Stanislas Jean de Boufflers
He who calls in the aid of an equal understanding doubles his own; and he who profits by a superior understanding raises his powers to a level with the height of the superior standing he unites with.
- Edmund Burke
The pride of men will not often suffer reason to have scope until it can be no longer of service.
- Edmund Burke
And may you better reck the rede,
Than ever did th' adviser.
- Robert Burns, Epistle to a Young Friend
Ah, gentle dames! it gars we greet,
To think how mony consels sweet,
How mony lengthened, sage advices,
The husband frae the wife despises.
- Robert Burns, Tam o'Shanter (l. 33)
He loves who advises.
- Robert Burton
She had a good opinion of advice,
Like all who give and eke receive it gratis,
For which small thanks are still the market price,
Even where the article at highest rate is.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
Don Juan (canto XV, st. 29)
They say that the best counsel is that of woman.
[Sp., Dicen, que el primer consejo
Ha de ser de la muger.]
- Pedro Calderon de la Barca,
El Medico de su Honra (I, 2)
All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and to receive help from other people.
- Alexis Carrel
Let no man value at a little price
A virtuous woman's counsel; her wing'd spirit
Is feather'd oftentimes with heavenly words.
- George Chapman, The Gentleman Usher
(act IV, sc. 1)
Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.
- 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope
Even the ablest pilots are willing to receive advice from passengers in tempestuous weather.
- Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)
Counsel and conversation is a good second education, that improves all the virtue and corrects all the vice of the former, and of nature itself.
- Lord Clarendon, Edward Hyde
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