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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.   —ღ Terri, March 2021

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't. ~Erica Jong, How to Save Your Own Life, 1977

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

Dear Agnes, I like your advice column in the paper. I feel that I could use some of your advice myself. I don't know, however, exactly what it is that I want to ask you. Just send me some advice. ~Charles M. Schulz, Peanuts, 1964  [Charlie Brown —tg]

No man is so wise that he can afford to wholly ignore the advice of others. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

The best advice is this: Don’t take advice and don’t give advice. ~Author Unknown

Advice is criticism in a cashmere sweater. ~The Resident, "Peking Duck Day," 2019, written by Elizabeth Klaviter, Michael Notarile, & Daniela Lamas  [S3, E8, Dr Austin to Lamar —tg]

When a man comes to me for advice, I find out the kind of advice he wants, and I give it to him.  ~Henry Wheeler Shaw, a.k.a. Josh Billings

It is a good divine that follows his own instructions... ~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, c.1596  [I, 2, Portia]

Old men are fond of giving good advice, to console themselves for being no longer in a position to give bad examples.  ~François La Rochefoucauld

When we ask advice we are usually looking for an accomplice.  ~Charles Varlet de La Grange, Pensées, 1872

If people were as generous with their money as they are with their advice the country would be filled with paupers. ~"Edlets," The Spatula: An Illustrated Magazine for Pharmacists, 1919

He says remarkable things that seem to automatically adjust to problems of all sizes. ~Marlene Dietrich, of Ernest Hemingway

The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others.  ~Author Unknown

Few take advice, or physic, without wry faces at it. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

We hate to have some people give us advice because we know how badly they need it themselves.  ~Author Unknown

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.  ~Hannah Whitall Smith

It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves.  ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

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

Rose, I wish you'd sit down and give me some honest-to-God advice. I won't promise to take it, so you can afford to give it. But... I do need it. ~Dorothy Thompson, letter to Rose Wilder Lane, 1921, edited by William V. Holtz

No one wants advice - only corroboration.  ~John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

I never had a man come to me for advice yet, but what I soon discovered that he thought more of his own opinion than he did of mine.  ~Josh Billings

Sometimes I give myself admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it.  ~Mary Wortley Montagu

I always pass on good advice.  It's the only thing to do with it.  It is never any use to oneself.  ~Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband, 1895

A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.  ~Edgar Watson Howe, Country Town Sayings, 1911

Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.  ~Cicero

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