Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #43 --- Advice

Quotations on Advice

Advice, which all need at times, is something that many are usually eager to give. If one is contemplating a new plan of any kind, there are always those who can tell him exactly what to do and how to do it. The advice of one will be just opposite that which another gives. This is because the lives of no two are precisely the same. Each lives under different conditions, possesses different habits of mind, and is moved by different motives. One cannot follow entirely the advice of any. He must sift out that which he thinks wise for him and adapt it to his own circumstances. It is well to consider well all advice and reject none until it is found to be unsound. But beware of the counsels of the foolish, the unscrupulous and the flatterer. Age and experience should give wisdom and youth should listen to it. When perplexed, do not ask advice of the many. Ask only those who have sound sense and good judgment, those capable of understanding your difficulty and of helping you out of it. On the other hand, never volunteer advice until you discover one in real danger of loss or harm for lack of helpful counsel.

---Lucius W. Nieman, Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Wis., Jan. 19, 1912.

The other day a friend of mine telephoned me and asked my advice about a matter highly important to his business. When I told my friend what I thought, he began to argue with me in an attempt to sell me on a different point of view. After we had debated the question pro and con for some time, my friend said he believed he would go ahead and pursue the course contrary to the one I had advised. Now that fellow had not called me for my advice. He had a certain move in mind to make, and was merely trying to find somebody in whom he had confidence who would advise him to do what he wanted to do. Had I yielded to his arguments and agreed with him, and had he followed that course, and gotten into trouble, he would have blamed me for it; but if the plan had succeeded, he would have taken credit for being smart. Often when folks are apparently hunting advice, they are actually looking for somebody to tell them to do what they want to do. Incidentally, developments in my friend’s affairs persuaded him to do exactly what I had advised him to do. Then I was glad I had not let him talk me out of my opinion.

---Wickes Wamboldt, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Jan. 10, 1939.

Don’t accept advice from a man who never offers you anything else.

---Sam S. Stimson, McBride’s Magazine, Philadelphia, Pa., July 1913.

Lots of men can tell you how to attain success, but comparatively few gain any benefit from their own prescriptions.

---Charles E. Hasbrook, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., July 12, 1916.

Before giving advice a wise man prepares to dodge the consequences.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma Farmer, Guthrie, Okla., May 15, 1907.

The law of supply and demand never seems to affect the supply of or the demand for advice.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma Farmer, Guthrie, Okla., July 27, 1910.

No man accepts good advice until it becomes his own experience.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., March 17, 1908.

People who are not capable of giving advice to themselves seem to know the proper thing for you to do.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., Jan. 10, 1909.

The trouble with good advice is that few of us recognize it when we hear it.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., Oct. 18, 1909.

The man who lends a hand is worth a dozen who give advice.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., Sept. 2, 1909.

Our idea of a wise man is one who doesn’t dispense free advice.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., Oct. 2, 1909.

The man who lends a hand is worth a dozen who give advice.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., April 23, 1910.

Even a stingy man loosens up when asked for advice.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., Jan. 29, 1911.

It is a pretty safe rule to follow that one should never give advice unless it is asked for and then in mighty small doses.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., Feb. 2, 1910.

Most of us are anxious to hand out as much free advice as possible—in an effort to unload a portion of that which has been handed to us.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Oct. 20, 1937.

Taking one’s own medicine is practiced as little as taking one’s own advice.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Oct. 25, 1937.

No man knows so much that he can constantly give away advice and still retain his own mental balance.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Nov. 2, 1938.

No man is so over blessed with knowledge that he can afford to be giving away too much advice.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., June 25, 1941.

When a man starts handing you a lot of free advice, it’s a pretty safe bet it wasn’t worth keeping for personal use.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Jan. 20, 1942.

If you haven’t anything to give away but advice, your generosity isn’t worth shucks.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., May 21, 1942.

It is more blessed to give than to receive—except in the case of advice.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Aug. 2, 1943.

If you can tell the difference between good advice and bad advice, you don’t need any.

—Beverly Gray, The Calgary Herald, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Aug. 22, 1950.

The vice we are most likely to pass on to others is advice.

—Pat McVean, The Calgary Herald, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Aug. 31, 1944.

The man who is giving out so much free advice probably is a failure.

---Carl J.G. Brown [Lutheran], Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Dec. 6, 1919.

Giving advice is a luxury we all enjoy.

---Carl J.G. Brown, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Sept. 30, 1920

Most of us, when we ask for advice, really seek flattery.

---Carl J.G. Brown, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Jan. 3, 1922.

Advice is so common very few people take any of it.

---Eugene Alexander “Gene” Howe, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Feb. 13, 1920.

You often see a fool giving advice to reasonably sensible and modest people, and abusing them because they do not accept his advice.

---E.W. “Ed” Howe, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Sept. 27, 1909.

Good advice cannot overcome some difficulties.

---E.W. “Ed” Howe, Youngstown Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Oct. 3, 1911.

When a man asks your advice, he usually tells you just how he expects you to decide.

---E.W. “Ed” Howe, Youngstown Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Nov. 18, 1911.

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

---E.W. “Ed” Howe, Youngstown Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Jan. 25, 1912.

Some people never do anything for others, except give advice, and their advice is so good that no one can take it.

---E.W. “Ed” Howe, Youngstown Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, April 3, 1912.

What you need is not advice that others can give you, but to take advice you can give yourself.

---E.W. “Ed” Howe, Youngstown Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, April 4, 1912.

Giving advice to a man who doesn’t know how to use it is like pouring water into the ocean.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Nov. 18, 1915.

Advice is a second-hand article which most of us neglect to take when it is first offered.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Feb. 9, 1916.

Some men will take a scare when they won’t take advice.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Feb. 21, 1916.

To give others the benefit of one’s advice is cheap compared with giving them the benefit of a good example.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., July 22, 1960.

They are likely to be more free with advice who have none worth paying for.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 18, 1961.

The trouble with advice is that it is as widely distributed as the air we breathe--and usually just as polluted!

---O.A. Battista, Family Weekly, New York, N.Y., Aug. 31, 1969.

Some people are too busy giving advice to attend to their own business.

---Bennett Wilson “B.W.” Peck, Fulton County News, McConnelsburg, Pa., April 16, 1903.

If you want to flatter a man follow his advice.

---Bennett Wilson “B.W.” Peck, Fulton County News, McConnelsburg, Pa., July 8, 1903.

Usually the man who asks your advice doesn’t intend to follow it unless it favors his own opinion.

---Hazen Conklin, The Evening World, New York, N.Y., Oct. 15, 1915.

Some people are prolific advice givers on the chance that somewhere along the line they may have an opportunity to say, “I told you so! Or “Well, if you’d taken MY advice!”

---Hazen Conklin, The Evening World, New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 1915.

All agree that it is more blessed to give than it is to receive advice.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Duluth Evening Herald, Duluth, Minn., Aug. 17, 1901.

People who most need advice usually have most to give away.

---Elijah Powell Brown, The News and Herald, Winnsboro, S.C., June 7, 1905.

When you give advice don’t try to put it all in italics.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Western Kansas World, Wakeeney, Kan., Dec. 9, 1893.

If advice were gold, every pocket would be full of money.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Whitesville News, Whitesville, N.Y., Feb. 25, 1897.

It is one thing to get advice; another thing to choose the good advice.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 14, 1932.

It takes as much ability to profit by mistakes as to give good advice.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Jan. 24, 1935.

Free advice is usually long on quantity and short on quality.

---E.A. Burch, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., May 25, 1938.

Advice can usually be had for nothing and a lot of it is worth just that.

---Carl A. Wilhelm, The Telegraph-Herald, Dubuque, Iowa, June 25, 1929.

The man who can give good advice never is free with it. He knows it has to be earned.

---Jack Williams, Sr., Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., March 19, 1940.

Some folks are so free with advice that they never keep any for themselves.

—Vera Wise, The Daily Herald, Biloxi, Miss., Aug. 22, 1945.

It doesn’t take a wise man to give advice, but it requires a wise man to know when to take advice.

The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Miss., Aug. 22, 1935.

It is axiomatic that when a man wants your praise, he generally seeks your advice.

---Daily Herald, Provo, Utah, July 12, 1944.

Most people ask advice to secure some confirmation of their own decisions.

---Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Sept. 6, 1891.

Advice may be the legal tender of experience, but it is always quoted below par.

---Hamilton County Herald, Chattanooga, Tenn., March 20, 1959.

How many times have you "taken a fool's advice" by "having your own way"?

---Irrigation Age, Chicago, Ill., November 1897.

An ounce of experience is worth a pound of advice.

---Philadelphia Record, Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 30, 1900.

If a man follows all the advice he is given, he would probably be worse off than he is.

---River Press, Fort Benton, Mont., May 24, 1933.

The man who gives advice to others rarely knows how to advance himself.

---River Press, Fort Benton, Mont., April 17, 1940.

If at first you don't succeed, you'll get a lot of unsolicited advice.

---San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, Calif., April 21, 1970.

Advice is a good thing, but it will always be something of a nuisance until the givers of it accept responsibility for the bad as readily as they take credit for the good.

---Saturday Evening Post, Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 11, 1902.

As a rule, people who ask your advice aren’t as interested in your counsel as they are in the chance to tell you their troubles.

—Tom Ethridge, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Nov. 20, 1967.

Be careful about offering advice. Some fools might take it.

—Tom Ethridge, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Dec. 8, 1958.

When we’re hunting for someone to agree with our point of view, we are doing what is called seeking advice.

—Purser Hewitt, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Jan. 13, 1956.

Advice is good, but if you accept too much, you’ll be making other people’s mistakes.

—Purser Hewitt, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., April 30, 1966.

When you give advice remember that it will be returned to you many fold because it's free.

—W.A. MacKenzie, The Leesburg Morning Commercial, Leesburg, Fla., July 16, 1927.

Advice is the only thing that we would rather give away than receive.

—Nephi Jensen, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 17, 1928.

If you'll take your own advice, you'll be too busy to bore others with it.

—Olin Miller, Daily Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., March 2, 1935.

Only in rare cases does a person who asks your opinion want information or advice. What he usually is seeking is corroboration of his own opinions, or an argument.

—Olin Miller, Daily Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Aug. 15, 1935.

A person rarely wants your advice. He asks it because of the chance this affords him to tell you his troubles.

—Olin Miller, Daily Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Oct. 19, 1935.

Strange as it may seem, we have always found human failures more liberal with advice than successful men.

—Jack Warwick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa., Dec. 26, 1940.

If advice is unasked for, it will not be appreciated. If it is needed, those who need it will not listen to it.

—Vera Wise, The Daily Herald, Biloxi, Miss., June 16, 1944.

The world's rarest optimist is the one who expects his advice to be taken.

—Grantland Rice, New York Tribune, New York, N.Y., Sept. 22, 1920.

The man who considers himself an authority on everything is rarely asked for advice. He gives it without being asked.

—John Sammons, The Daily Texan, Austin, Texas, Dec. 6, 1925.

What we lack in ability we usually make up for in excess generosity–in dishing out advice and criticism.

—Hamilton G. Park, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 11, 1941.

There is enough good advice lying around loose to run a half dozen worlds like this–what we need most is a few good examples.

—Hamilton G. Park, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 20, 1946.

Some men get so busy giving advice that they have no time to mind their own business.

—Zoe Powell Gibson, Nephi Times-News, Nephi, Utah, July 3, 1958.

The one thing the tightwad doesn’t keep to himself is his advice.

—Bill Copeland, Sarasota Journal, Sarasota, Fla., Aug. 15, 1966.

You get plenty of free advice. What you pay for is following it.

—Georgie Starbuck Galbraith, Family Weekly, New York, N.Y., May 12, 1974.

It’s advice when you give it, but nagging when you get it.

—Wesley S. Izzard, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, May 2, 1956.

The fellow who can give you the most advice is usually the chap who didn't think it could be done when you started it.

—W.A. MacKenzie, The Leesburg Morning Commercial, Leesburg, Fla., Nov. 5, 1927.

Remember that advice is something that puts upon you the risk of carrying it out.

—Bert Moses, Lake Charles American Press, Lake Charles, La., Jan. 29, 1942.

We give advice by the pound, but take it by the ounce.

—Bert Moses, Lake Charles American Press, Lake Charles, La., April 6, 1945.

To a man, feeling the pinch of hard times, there is not much consolation in the statement that advice is free.

—Edwin E. Naugle, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., Jan. 6, 1922.

The dispensation of free advice is some people's nearest approach to liberality.

—Benjamin Arstein, San Antonio Express, San Antonio, Texas, April 5, 1911.

Many a man's idea of charity is to give unto others the advice he can't use himself.

—Hugh Murr, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, Jan. 13, 1956.

More by this Author


No comments yet.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working