Advice Quotes

Quotations about advice.

Arranged alphabetically by author.

  • A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.
    o Joseph Addison, The Spectator (1712)

  • Advice, n. The smallest current coin.
    o Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

  • When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway
    o Erma Bombeck

  • Who cannot give good counsel? ’tis cheap, it cost them nothing.
    o Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)

  • Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most, always like it the least.
    o Lord Chesterfield, Letter to his son (1748)

  • Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it.
    o Gordon R. Dickson

  • It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, — always do what you are afraid to do.
    o Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, First Series (1841)

  • Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.
    o Erica Jong

  • Advice to writers: Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin.
    o Stanisław Jerzy Lec, Unkempt Thoughts

  • 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 advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
    o Henri Nouwen

  • Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.
    o François de La Rochefoucauld

  • No enemy is worse than bad advice.
    o Sophocles, Electra

  • In giving advice seek to help, not to please, your friend.
    o Solon

  • 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.
    o Hannah Whitall Smith

  • No one wants advice – only corroboration.
    o John Steinbeck


  • Advice after injury is like medicine after death.
    o Danish Proverb

  • Never give advice — a wise man won’t need it, a fool won’t heed it.
  • There is no cramming for the test of life.
    o Madilyn Albright

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