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    Words of Advice


This page is a collection of quotations about advice and advising from a variety of sources. These and other advising- and education-related quotations appear on a rotating basis in the daily “Quote” section of the Advising @ PSU home page.

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

  • It is a pleasure to give advice, humiliating to need it, normal to ignore it. ~author unknown

  • Successful men follow the same advice they prescribe for others. ~author unknown

  • Take my advice; I'm not using it. ~author unknown

  • There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice. ~Joseph Addison

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

  • The best advisors ... give us, out of themselves, the ardent spirit and desire to act right, and leave us then, even through many blunders, to find out what our own form of right action is. ~Philip Brooks

  • Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it. ~Agatha Christie

  • Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

  • Advice is least heeded when most needed. ~English proverb

  • We may give advice, but we cannot inspire the conduct. ~François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

  • He that won't be counselled can't be helped. ~Benjamin Franklin

  • Whatever advice you give, be short. ~Horace

  • Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't. ~Erica Jong
  • He who can take advice is sometimes superior to him who can give it. ~Karl von Knebel

  • Please give me some good advice in your next letter. I promise not to follow it. ~Edna St. Vincent Millay, as an undergraduate at Vassar

  • I sometimes give myself admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it. ~Mary Worley Montagu

  • 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

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

  • No one wants advice—only corroboration. ~John Steinbeck

  • Many receive advice, few profit by it. ~Publilius Syrus, 42 BC

  • 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

  • The art of giving advice is to make the recipient believe he thought of it himself. ~Frank Tyger

  • There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise. ~Gore Vidal

  • Advice is one of those things it is far more blessed to give than to receive. ~Carolyn Wells

  • I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself. ~Oscar Wilde

  • I always advise people never to give advice. ~P. G. Wodehouse


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