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Advice, as it always gives a temporary appearance of superiority, can never be very grateful, even when it is most necessary or most judicious; but, for the same reason, every one is eager to instruct his neighbors.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

It was the maxim, I think, of Alphonsus of Aragon, that dead counsellors are safest. The grave puts an end to flattery and artifice, and the information we receive from books is pure from interest, fear, and ambition. Dead counsellors are likewise most instructive, because they are heard with patience and with reverence.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Vanity is so frequently the apparent motive of advice, that we, for the most part, summon our powers to oppose it without any very accurate inquiry whether it is right.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

He who was taught only by himself had a fool for a master.
      - Ben Jonson

No man is so foolish but he may give another good counsel sometimes, and no man so wise but he may easily err, if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that was taught only by himself had a fool for a master.
      - Ben Jonson

He who can take advice is sometimes superior to him who can give it.
      - Karl von Knebel

It would truly be a fine thing if men suffered themselves to be guided by reason, that they should acquiesce in the true remonstrances addressed to them by the writings of the learned and the advice of friends. But the greater part are so disposed that the words which enter by one ear do incontinently go out of the other, and begin again by following the custom. The best teacher one can have is necessity.
      - Francois de la Noue ("Bras de Fer")

Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

There is nearly as much ability requisite to know how to profit by good advice as to know how to act for one's self.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We give advice, but we do not inspire conduct.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxim

In great straits and when hope is small, the boldest counsels are the safest.
      - Titus Livy, Annales (XXV, 38)

Hazard not your wealth on a poor man's advice.
  [Sp., No adventures mucho tu riqueza.]
      - Don Juan Manuel, Prince of Castile,
        El Conde Lucanor

Agreeable advice is seldom useful advice.
      - Jean Baptiste Massillon

Good counsel has no price.
      - Giuseppe Mazzini

Begin nothing without considering what the end may be.
      - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

The secret counsels of princes are a troublesome burden to such as have only to execute them.
  [Fr., C'est une importune garde, du secret des princes, a qui n'en que faire.]
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (III, 1)

Take the first advice of a woman and not the second.
  [Lat., Primo dede mulieris consilio, secundo noli.]
      - Gilbertus Cognatus Noxeranus, Sylloge

Those who give bad advice to the prudent, both lose their pains and are laughed to scorn.
  [Lat., Consilia qui dant prava cautis hominibus,
    Et perdunt operam et deridentur tupiter.]
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia), Fables
         (I, 25)

Every man, however wise, requires the advice of some sagacious friend in the affairs of life.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

Be niggards of advice on no pretense;
  For the worst avarice is that of sense.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
         (l. 578)

Counsel is as welcome to him as a shoulder of mutton to a sick horse.
      - Proverb

If the old dog barks, he gives counsel.
      - Proverb, (German)

Necessity is the only successful adviser.
      - Charles Reade

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.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Advise well before you begin, and when you have maturely considered, then act with promptitude.
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus)

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