Advice is how we offer to support others by suggesting or recommending what to think or what to do. Some of the quotes on this page are about advice itself, and some are offers of advice from notable quotables.

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People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.

— Abigail Van Buren

We should be careful and discriminating in all the advice we give. We should be especially careful in giving advice that we would not think of following ourselves. Most of all, we ought to avoid giving counsel which we don’t follow when it damages those who take us at our word.

— Adlai Stevenson

It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.

— Aeschylus

It takes a village to raise a child.

— African proverb

Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that’s no reason not to give it.

— Agatha Christie

I shall tell you a great secret my friend. Do not wait for the last judgement, it takes place every day.

— Albert Camus

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

— Albert Schweitzer

It is a little embarrassing that, after forty-five years of research and study, the best advice I can give to people is to be a little kinder to each other.

— Aldous Huxley

Had I been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.

— Alfonso the Wise, 13th century, attributed

Never do things others can do and will do, if there are things others cannot do or will not do.

— Amelia Earhart

Be able to stick with a job until it is finished. Be able to bear an injustice without having to get even. Be able to carry money without spending it. Do your duty without being supervised.

— Ann Landers

Recently a young mother asked for advice. What, she wanted to know, was she to do with a 7-year-old who was obstreperous, outspoken, and inconveniently willful? ‘Keep her,’ I replied…. The suffragettes refused to be polite in demanding what they wanted or grateful for getting what they deserved. Works for me.

— Anna Quindlen

Feed your body. Feed your soul. Feed your dream. BUST OUT!!!

— Awiakta

Stop a minute, right where you are. Relax your shoulders; shake your head and spine like a dog shaking off cold water. Tell that imperious voice in your head to be still.

— Barbara Kingsolver

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

— Bessie Stanley, Often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, it is an adaptation of a poem published in 1905 by Bessie Stanley. No version of it has been found in Emerson’s writings.

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

— Bible, Proverbs 15:22, NIV translation

No one reaches out to you for compassion or empathy so you can teach them how to behave better. They reach out to us because they believe in our capacity to know our darkness well enough to sit in the dark with them.

— Bren√© Brown

Advice is one of those things it is far more blessed to give than to receive.

— Carolyn Wells

All the lessons of history in four sentences:
Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power.
The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small.
The bee fertilizes the flower it robs.
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.

— Charles A. Beard

Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.

— Charles M. Schulz

I daily examine myself on 3 points: whether with others, I may have been not faithful; whether with friends, I may have been not sincere; whether I may have not mastered, practised, and taught the instructions of my teachers.

— Confucius, attributed

Don’t follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise.

— David Seabury

Part of the reason [motherly advice] bugs us as daughters is because our mothers are so powerful in our lives. They loom like giants. The reason mothers keep at it is because they’re so powerless. They cannot get you to do what is so obvious to them you should do.

— Deborah Tannen

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

— Desiderius Erasmus

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

— Edna St. Vincent Millay

I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.

— Edna St. Vincent Millay

Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

— Eleanor Roosevelt, The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt

Children don’t need much advice but they really do need to be listened to and not just with half an ear.

— Emma Thompson

What, then, is to be done? To make the best of what is in our power, and take the rest as it occurs.

— Epictetus

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

— Erica Jong
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