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[ Also see Admonition Counsel Instruction Opposition Preaching Precepts Prudence Reproof Teaching Warnings ]

Advise well before you begin; and when you have decided, act promptly.
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus)

One can advise comfortably from a safe port.
  [Ger., Vom sichern Port lasst sich's gemachlich rathen.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wilhelm Tell (I, 1, 146)

Let no man presume to give advice to others that has not first given good counsel to himself.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

No one was ever the better for advice: in general, what we called giving advice was properly taking an occasion to show our own wisdom at another's expense; and to receive advice was little better than tamely to another the occasion of raising himself a character from our defects.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

Bosom up my counsel
  You'll find it wholesome.
      - William Shakespeare

If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottages, princes' palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions: I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching.
      - William Shakespeare

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 when the article at highest rate is.
      - William Shakespeare

Wait for the season when to cast good counsels upon subsiding passion.
      - William Shakespeare

When a wise man gives thee better counsel, give me mine again.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Fool at II, iv)

Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice
  Hath often stilled my brawling discontent.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Mariana at IV, i)

I pray thee cease thy counsel,
  Which falls into mine ears as profitless
    As water in a sieve.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing (Leonato at V, i)

Direct not him whose way himself will choose;
  'Tis breath not lack'st, and that breath wilt thou lose.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (York at II, i)

Advice is like kissing: it costs nothing and is a pleasant thing to do.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Who will ever give counsel, if the counsel be judged by the event, and if it be not found wise, shall therefore be thought wicked?
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Mishaps are mastered by advice discreet, and counsel mitigates the greatest smart.
      - Edmund Spenser

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.
      - Gloria Steinem

How is it possible to expect that mankind will take advice when they will not so much as take warning.
      - Jonathan Swift

I forget whether advice be among the lost things which Ariosto says are to be found in the moon: that and time ought to have been there.
      - Jonathan Swift

Many receive advice, few profit by it.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Many receive advice, only the wise profit by it.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims (152)

For when last need to desperation driveth,
  Who dareth most he wiseth counsel giveth.
    [It., Che spesso avvien che ne' maggior perigli
      Son piu audaci gli ottimi consigli.]
      - Torquato Tasso, Gerusalemme (VI, 6)

A dead father's counsel, a wise son heedeth.
      - Esaias Tegner, Fridthjof's Saga
         (canto VIII)

We all, when we are well, give good advice to the sick.
  [Lat., Facile omnes, quum valemus, recta consilia aegrotis damus.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Andria
         (II, 1, 9)

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.
      - Harry S. Truman

Do not give to thy friends the most agreeable counsels, but the most advantageous.
      - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

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