Advice quotes

If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.

Abraham Lincoln

Hold on

with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible.

Abraham Lincoln

If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.

Abraham Lincoln

Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.

Abraham Lincoln

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.

Abraham Lincoln

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

Abraham Lincoln

Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.

Abraham Lincoln

As our case is new, we must think and act anew.

Abraham Lincoln

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.

Abraham Lincoln

In a free government the demand for moral qualities should be made superior to that of talents.

Andrew Jackson

The moment we engage in confederations, or alliances with any nation we may from that time date the downfall of our republic.

Andrew Jackson

Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most, always like it the least.

Philip Stanhope

Fools need Advice most, but wise Men only are the better for it.

Benjamin Franklin

Advice is given freely because so much of it is worthless.

James Geary

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

A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.

Joseph Addison

We may give advice, but we cannot give conduct.

Benjamin Franklin

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

Erica Jong

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

Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Take this advice: know when to stay and when to get out.

Swami Raj

Advice to writers: Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin.

Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, – always do what you are afraid to do.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Gordon R. Dickson

We must be very careful when we give advice to younger people: sometimes they follow it!

Edsger W. Dijkstra

Advice is generally much better received when the advisor is entertaining..


No one wants advice – only corroboration.

John Steinbeck

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


No enemy is worse than bad advice.


He who can take advice is sometimes superior to him who can give it.

Karl von Knebel

Advice is more agreeable in the mouth than in the ear.

Mason Cooley

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.

Erma Bombeck

Never give advice – a wise man won’t need it, a fool won’t heed it.


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

There is no cramming for the test of life.

Madeleine Albright

Advice after injury is like medicine after death.

Danish Proverb

Good advice is better than bad advice, if you know the difference.


A woman’s advice is a poor thing, but he is a fool who does not take it.

Spanish Proverb

All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.

Albert Einstein

Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.

Albert Einstein

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

Albert Einstein

One does not have to be an angel in order to be saint.

Albert Schweitzer

Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly, even if they roll a few stones upon it.

Albert Schweitzer

Prohibition has made nothing but trouble.

Al Capone

Since people are going to be living longer and getting older, they’ll just have to learn how to be babies longer.

Andy Warhol

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.


Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit. 


Change in all things is sweet.


Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.


He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.


All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill.

Babe Ruth

A majority is always better than the best repartee.

Benjamin Disraeli

Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones.

Benjamin Disraeli

Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.

Benjamin Disraeli

Frank and explicit – that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and confuse the minds of others.

Benjamin Disraeli

Genius, when young, is divine.

Benjamin Disraeli

Never complain and never explain.

Benjamin Disraeli

Never take anything for granted.

Benjamin Disraeli

If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.

Bill Gates

This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50.

Bill Gates

Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold.

Bob Marley

The good times of today, are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.

Bob Marley

Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright.

Bob Marley

You ain’t gonna miss your water until your well runs dry.

Bob Marley

Tell the children the truth.

Bob Marley

When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.

Bob Marley

The authorities tell you that you mustn’t smoke herb because it’s bad for you. Yet if they catch you at it they’ll carry you off to prison. I think it’s better to be smoking herb out here free than being in prison.

Bob Marley

Oh Mockingbird have you ever heard words that I’ve never heard.

Bob Marley

We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.


Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.

Bruce Lee

It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.

Bruce Lee

Obey the principles without being bound by them.

Bruce Lee

A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.


The very essence of instinct is that it’s followed independently of reason.

Charles Darwin

There is nothing good or evil save in the will.

Charles Dickens

Words are cheap. The biggest thing you can say is ‘elephant’.

Charlie Chaplin

He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.


Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.


When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.


Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.


Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.


Study the past if you would define the future.


Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.


Study the past, if you would divine the future.


Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

Helen Keller

The worst crime is faking it.

Kurt Cobain

If you ever need anything please don’t hesitate to ask someone else first.

Kurt Cobain

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.

Kurt Cobain

It’s better to burn out than fade away.

Kurt Cobain

It’s okay to eat fish because they don’t have any feelings.

Kurt Cobain

Rather be dead than cool.

Kurt Cobain

Ideas or the lack of them can cause disease.

Kurt Vonnegut

We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane.

Kurt Vonnegut

When armies are mobilized and issues are joined,The man who is sorry over the fact will win.

Lao Tzu

To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease.

Lao Tzu

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

Lao Tzu

Fanaticism must be put to sleep before it can be eradicated.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Never depend on the multitude, full of instability and whims; always take precautions against it.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Among other evils which being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised.

Niccolo Machiavelli

You can have it all. You just can’t have it all at once.

Oprah Winfrey

Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.

Oprah Winfrey

Every time you suppress some part of yourself or allow others to play you small, you are in essence ignoring the owner’s manual your creator gave you and destroying your design.

Oprah Winfrey

Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.

Oscar Wilde

It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is fatal.

Oscar Wilde

The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.

Oscar Wilde

One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar.

Oscar Wilde

You cannot conceive the many without the one.


You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.


Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.


If your morals make you dreary, depend on it, they are wrong.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Nothing like a little judicious levity.

Robert Louis Stevenson

The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.

Robert Louis Stevenson

To be idle requires a strong sense of personal identity.

Robert Louis Stevenson

You can read Kant by yourself, if you wanted to; but you must share a joke with someone else.

Robert Louis Stevenson

God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites, so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.


Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.

Salvador Dali

An overflow of good converts to bad.

William Shakespeare

And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.

William Shakespeare

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.

William Shakespeare

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

William Shakespeare

Everyone ought to bear patiently the results of his own conduct.

William Shakespeare

Give every man thy ear, but few they voice.

William Shakespeare

He that is giddy thinks the world turns round.

William Shakespeare

The nearest way to glory is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be.


What you cannot enforce, do not command.


No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort.

Theodore Roosevelt

Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.

Theodore Roosevelt

Speak softly and carry a big stick. You will go far.

Theodore Roosevelt

We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything.

Thomas A. Edison

Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.


Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.


Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too.


The man who leaves money to charity in his will is only giving away what no longer belongs to him.


Nothing endures but personal qualities.

Walt Whitman

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

Gloria Steinem

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.

Harper Lee

If stock market experts were so expert, they would be buying stock, not selling advice.

Norman Ralph Augustine

She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).

Lewis Carroll

The advice I would give to someone is to not take anyone’s advice.

Eddie Murphy

I never take advice from anyone more messed up than I am.

Tom Hopkin

The greatest luxury of riches is that they enable you to escape so much good advice.

Arthur Helps

Advice to intellectuals: let no-one represent you.

Theodor Adorno

Some of the best advice I’ve had comes from junior officers and enlisted men.

Chester W. Nimitz

Please give me some good advice in your next letter. I promise not to follow it.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Quit now, you’ll never make it. If you disregard this advice, you’ll be halfway there.

David Zucker

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate.

Thornton Wilder

The best advice I’ve received is to be yourself. The best artists do that.

Frank Gehry

Listen to advice, but follow your heart.

Conway Twitty

My advice: Take a second out of the day today and be thankful for your family.

Jenna Morasca

Anybody who thinks talk is cheap should get some legal advice.

Franklin P. Jones

Great advice comes from people that have been around a lot longer than you.

Zac Efron

Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them.

Khalil Gibran

In those days he was wiser than he is now; he used to frequently take my advice.

Winston Churchill

We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.

Tom Stoppard

I create offbeat advice; I don’t follow it. I rarely take third party advice on my investments.

Mark Cuban

I haven’t been faithful to my own advice in the past. I will in the future.

Billy Graham

The worst men often give the best advice.

Francis Bacon

Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching.

Baltasar Gracian

Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadful uneasy to take.

Josh Billings

I do not live on false promises. I cannot afford to live on bad advice.

Robert Kiyosaki

When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.

Saul Bellow

Don’t give your advice before you are called upon.

Desiderius Erasmus

Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.


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


It is a good divine that follows his own instructions.

William Shakespeare

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


It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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 Montague

A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.

Edgar Watson Howe.

Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.


Here’s some advice. Stay alive.

Suzanne Collins

Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.

Bruce Lee

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

Eleanor Roosevelt

As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.

Ernest Hemingway

Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.

Robert Frost

The only good thing to do with good advice is pass it on; it is never of any use to oneself.

Oscar Wilde

Old people love to give good advice; it compensates them for their inability to set a bad example.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

When we are well, we all have good advice for those who are ill.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it.

Wilson Mizner

In life, you need many more things besides talent. Things like good advice and common sense.

Hack Wilson

To think well and to consent to obey someone giving good advice are the same thing.


I got good advice once. Someone said to me: ‘Live in your money rather than look at it.’

Simon Cowell

The people sensible enough to give good advice are usually sensible enough to give none.

Eden Phillpotts

It takes nearly as much ability to know how to profit by good advice as to know how to act for one’s self.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

If someone gives you so-called good advice, do the opposite; you can be sure it will be the right thing nine out of ten times.

Anselm Feuerbach

Advice is like cooking you should try it before you feed it to others.

Croft M. Pentz

Advice is like mushrooms. The wrong kind can prove fatal.

E. C. Mckenzie

The trouble with good advice is that it usually interferes with our plans.

Croft M. Pentz

Let men be wise by instinct if they can, but when this fails be wise by good advice.


What makes a fool is an inability to take even his own good advice.

William Faulkner

If you listen too much to advice, you may wind up making other people’s mistakes.

Croft M. Pentz

Good advice is like a proverb: the meaning depends on the interpretation.

Rebecca L. Walkowitz

Some men, like a wet dog, sprinkle a shower of advice over you when you are least prepared for a bath.

Austin O’Malley

The trouble with advice is that it’s usually something you don’t want to hear.

Charles De Lint

The wisest man is he who does not require advice.

Edward Counsel

Advice is like a stranger; if welcome, he stays the night; if not welcome, he returns home that day.

African Proverb

One problem with being an expert on everything is that you cannot turn to anyone else for advice.

Gary W. Smith

Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.

Douglas Adams

All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.

Douglas Adams

Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.

Douglas Adams

We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.

Douglas Adams

A learning experience is one of those things that say, “You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.”

Douglas Adams

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

T. S. Eliot

Do what you feel in your heart to be right  for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be “damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

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