Advice (also called exhortation) is a form of relating personal or institutional opinions, belief systems, values, recommendations or guidance about certain situations relayed in some context to another person, group or party often offered as a guide to action and/or conduct. Put a little more simply, an advice message is a recommendation about what might be thought, said, or otherwise done to address a problem, make a decision, or manage a situation.
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- A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.
- Joseph Addison, The Spectator (1712).
- He can always pick out the Right Kind for the Other Fellow.
- George Ade, "The Girl Who Took Notes and Got Wise and Then Fell Down".
- Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
- Aesop, The Fox and the Goat (~500 B.C.).
- The exclusive right to declare war, the duty to advise and consent on the part of the Senate, the power of the purse on the part of the House are ample authority for the legislative branch and should be jealously guarded.
- Anonymous : In Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States Gerald R. Ford, p. 2920.
- Mr Turnbull declined this proposition so I advised that I would have no alternative but to resign from the Shadow Cabinet as I was not able ...
- Anonymous : In Defiant Turnbull takes on climate rebels
- It is every man's own fault if he does not take such advice as will be sure to lead him right.
- William Henry Ashurst, Goodtitle v. Otway (1797), 7 T. R. 420.
- He Marcus Aurelius Antoninus advises us to examine well all the impressions on our minds (φαντασίαι) and to form a right judgment of them, to make just conclusions, and to inquire into the meanings of words, and so far to apply Dialectic;...
- Give then to the poor; I beg, I advise, I charge, I Command you. Give to the poor whatever ye will.
- The worst men often give the best advice.
Our deeds are sometimes better than our thoughts.
- Philip James Bailey, Festus (1813), scene A Village Feast. Evening, line 917. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- Asked another, smiling but serious, “How can we become better writers than we are?” “Well,” DB advised, for starters, read through the whole history of philosophy, from the pre-Socratics up through last semester. That might help.
- Donald Barthelme, in Final Fridays: Essays, Lectures, Tributes & Other Nonfiction, 1995 quoted by John Barth in p. 261.
- After his success in business, he devoted his time toward advising Democratic presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt on economic matters
- Destitute of the lawful means of supporting his rank, his dignity presents a motive for malversation, and his power furnishes the means.
- Advice, n. The smallest current coin.
- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary. (1906)
- What the world wants iz good examples, not so mutch advice; advice may be wrong, but examples prove themselves.
- Josh Billings, The Complete Works of Josh Billings (1842)
- Un fat quelquefois ouvre un avis important.
- A fop sometimes gives important advice.
- Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, L'Art Poétique, IV. 50. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the new Brazilian president, on being advised to stay in the United States after his brother's arrest for political activity in Brazil, 1975 In October 2002, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made history when he became Latin America's first democratically elected socialist leader since Salvador Allende. Lula and his Workers Party won comfortably with nearly 62 percent of Brazil's popular vote.
- Ah, gentle dames! it gars me greet,
To think how mony counsels sweet,
How mony lengthened, sage advices,
The husband frae the wife despises.
- Robert Burns, Tam o' Shanter (1793), line 33. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- And may you better reck the rede,
Than ever did th' adviser.
- Robert Burns, Epistle to a Young Friend. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- Who cannot give good counsel? 'tis cheap, it cost them nothing.
- Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy (1621).
- She had a good opinion of advice,
Like all who give and eke receive it gratis.
For which small thanks are still the market price,
Even where the article at highest rate is.
- A woman's advice is not worth much, but he who does not heed it is a fool.
- Pedro Calderon, El Medico de su Honra.
- Dicen, que el primer consejo
Ha de ser de la muger.
- They say that the best counsel is that of woman.
- Calderon, El Médico de su Honra, I. 2. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- Day: You're here to advise people to vote 'Yes' aren't you? Callaghan: … I am here, and the Prime Minister has taken the same line; it is our job to advise the British people on what we think is the right result.
- Furthermore, the district's legal counsel advised that a dress code requiring constraining, modest, fully binding undergarments would be ...
- Let no man value at a little price
A virtuous woman's counsel; her wing'd spirit
Is feather'd oftentimes with heavenly words.
- George Chapman, The Gentleman Usher, Act IV, scene 1. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most, always like it the least.
- Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, letter to his son, 29th January 1748.
- If attending Olympic events, visitors should be advised to eat before leaving home. The second suggestion advised locals to conceal the fact that Sydney suffered chronic traffic congestion;
- It was a subject which she had studied for examinations and on which she had thereafter advised a number of clients: she naturally did not suppose, in these circumstances that it had anything to do with real life.
- 'Twas good advice, and meant,
"My son, be good."
- George Crabb, The Learned Boy, Volume V, Tale XXI. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- Advice is more agreeable in the mouth than in the ear.
- Mason Cooley (1927-2002), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection (1985).
- I don't know if it is a fungus or some kind of congenital birth defect, but as your attorney in this matter I advise you to take no further...
- We must be very careful when we give advice to younger people: sometimes they follow it!
- At Wal-Mart, a co-worker once advised me that, although I had a lot to learn, it was also important not to "know too much," or at least never to reveal to one’s full abilities to management;…
- 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, Essays, First Series (1841).
- Ran over all my thoughts, despised my fate, Reasoned against the reasons of my love, Done all that smoothed-cheek virtue could advise, But found all bootless: 'tis my destiny That you must either love, or I must die.
- Much less is it advisable for a Person to go thither to America, who has no other Quality to recommend him but his Birth. In Europe it has indeed its value;...
- The first Degree of Folly, is to conceit one’s self wise; the second to profess it; the third to despise Counsel.
- Fools need Advice most, but wise Men only are the better for it.
- He that advised thee not to let the Sun set in thine anger, did not command thee to trust a deceiving Enemy next Morning. 2048. ...
- And so I receive anonymous letters advising me that I must not interfere with the progress of non-co-operation even though popular violence may break out.
- Advice is given freely because so much of it is worthless.
- James Geary, American journalist, writer, and aphorist; as quoted from James Geary's website, "My Aphorisms" section.
- From the time Professor Einstein came to this country until his death, I prepared his income tax returns and advised him on his tax problems.
- I advise you to say the thing you want to say. When I began to preach, another of my Nestors said to me, "Edward, I give you one piece of advice. When you have written your sermon, leave off the introduction and leave off the conclusion. The introduction seems to me always written to show that the minister can preach two sermons on one text. Leave that off, then, and it will do for another Sunday. The conclusion is written to apply to the congregation the doctrine of the sermon. But, if your hearers are such fools that they cannot apply the doctrine to themselves, nothing you can say will help them." In this advice was much wisdom. It consists, you see, in advising to begin, at the beginning, and to stop when you have done.
- The greatest luxury of riches is that they enable you to escape so much good advice. The rich are always advising the poor, but the poor seldom return the compliment.
- Helps, in Frank Leslie's Sunday Magazine, Volume 3, p. 469.
- Christian-anarchism is based upon the answer of Jesus to the Pharisees when He said that he without sin was to cast the first stone; and upon the Sermon on the Mount which advises the return of good for evil and the turning of the other cheek.
- Know when to speake; for many times it brings
Danger to give the best advice to kings.
- Robert Herrick, Caution in Councell. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.
- I had neither expert aid nor advice. I studied no courses in writing; until a year or so ago, I never read a book by anybody advising writers how to write.
- Quidquid præcipies esto brevis.
- Whatever advice you give, be short.
- Horace, Ars Poetica (18 BC), CCCXXXV. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- I was also officially advised that during the long vacation it might be profitable to attain at least nodding acquaintance with the curriculum, and thus stave off the already likely possibility that I would receive a degree classified so low it would tantamount to a certificate of mental disability.
- A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercise, advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness.
- I'm not advising cruelty or brutality with no purpose. My point is that cruelty with purpose is not cruelty-it's efficiency.
- Sally M. Johnston, in Advancing campus efficiencies, p. 1.
- 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).
- ...a scientist has the additional responsibility that comes with being a specialist: explaining science to the public, advising of its usefulness and benefits, and warning of its dangers and disadvantages.This is the responsibility of a specialist.
- My shame is as big as the earth, although I will do what my friends advise me to do. I once thought that I was the only man who persevered to be friend of the white man since they have come and cleaned out (robbed) our lodges, horses, and everything else, it is hard for me to believe white men anymore.
- A husband has no enforceable right to require a wife to advise him before she exercises her personal choices. Planned Parenthood v. Casey … of the [fetal-being] outweighs a wife's liberty, the State could require a married woman to notify her husband before she uses postfertilization contraceptives.
- Justices O'Connor, Kennedy, and Souter, Pro-choice and Anti-abortion: Constitutional Theory and Public Policy : with ..., p. 42.
- We give advice, but we do not inspire conduct.
- François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxim 403. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- Easy ’tis advice to give,
Hard it is advice to take
Years that lived—and years to live,
Wide and weary difference make.
- Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Fisher's Drawing Room Scrap Book, 1835 (1834), 'The Fairy of the Fountains'
- Based on what you know about him in history books, what do you think Abraham Lincoln would be doing if he were alive today? 1) Writing his memoirs of the Civil War.2) advising the President.3) Desperately clawing at the inside of his coffin.
- What pilot has not been in positions where he was in danger and where perfect judgment would have advised against going? But when a man is caught in such a position he is judged only by his error and seldom given credit.
- In rebus asperis et tenui spe fortissima quæque consilia tutissima sunt.
- In great straits and when hope is small, the boldest counsels are the safest.
- Livy, Annales, XXV. 38. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- Remember Lot's wife.
- Luke, XVII. 32. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- I explained to the crowd that my voice was hoarse from a cold and that my physician had advised me not to attend. "I hope that you will not disclose to him that I have violated his instructions,"
- No adventures mucho tu riqueza
Por consejo de hombre que ha pobreza.
- Hazard not your wealth on a poor man's advice.
- Manuel, Conde Lucanor. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- C'est une importune garde, du secret des princes, à qui n'en à que faire.
- The secret counsels of princes are a troublesome burden to such as have only to execute them.
- Michel de Montaigne, Essays, III. 1. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- It is not necessary that they have their own free churches for such idolatry. Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed. For they pursue in them the same aims as in their synagogues.
- ...their inalienable right. I advised them to keep their arms; and further, I advised them to use their arms in their own defence, against all assailants — even assailants that might come to attack them, unconstitutionally and improperly using the queen’s name as their sanction.
- Tuesday the freighter steamed through the Straits of Gibraltar and for five days plowed eastward through the Mediterranean, past islands and peninsulas rich in history, so that on Saturday night the steward advised Dr. Cullinane, “If you wish an early sight of the Holy Land you must be up at dawn..
- If I were an Englishman, I should esteem the man who advised a war with China to be the greatest living enemy of my country. You would be beaten in the end, and perhaps a revolution in India would follow.
- Sand Bravo, be advised, running diagnostics to scan for malfunction: Nome AFB: The skies are clear, station. You got yourself some phantom dots.
- When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
- Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude.
- Primo dede mulieris consilio, secundo noli.
- Take the first advice of a woman and not the second.
- Gilbertus Cognatus Noxeranus, Sylloge. See J. J. Grynæus, Adagio, p. 130. Langius, Polyanthea Col (1900) same sentiment. (Prends le premier conseil d'une femme et non le second. French for same). Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- The Hairy Ape (1922): Be as artificial as you are, I advise. There's a sort of sincerity in that, you know. And, after all, you must confess you like that better.
- Tony Bushell had a friend in the Welsh Guards whose father had said to him on his twenty-first birthday: "Three pieces of invaluable advice for you, my boy: nevah hunt south of the Thames, nevah drink port after champagne and nevah have your wife in the morning lest something bettah should turn up during the day."
- Laurence Olivier, Confessions of an Actor, p. 177.
- We have no constitutional authority to police the world or involve ourselves in nation building, in making the world safe for our style of democracy. Our founders advised against it and the early presidents followed that advice. If we believe strongly in our ideals, the best way to spread them is to set a good example so that others will voluntarily emulate us. Force will not work. Besides, we do not have the money.
- Consilia qui dant prava cautis hominibus,
Et perdunt operam et deridentur turpiter.
- Those who give bad advice to the prudent, both lose their pains and are laughed to scorn.
- Phædrus, Fabulæ, I. 25. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- Consilia qui dant prava cautis hominibus,
Et perdunt operam et deridentur turpiter.
- It is unwise to be heedless ourselves while we are giving advice to others.
- Phædrus, Fabulæ, I. 9.
- People who give me advice... I reckon they're talking to themselves.
- Nic Pizzolatto, said by Detective Cohle in the television show True Detective (2014).
- He that first started that doctrine, that knavery is the best defense against a knave, was but an ill teacher, advising us to commit wickedness to secure ourselves.
- Be niggards of advice on no pretense;
For the worst avarice is that of sense.
- In the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
- Proverbs, XI. 14; XXIV. 6. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- The way of fools is right in their own eyes,
but those who listen to advice are the wise.
- Proverbs 12:15, New American Bible Revised Edition
- Never give advice unasked.
- Proverbs in: Mrs. E.B. Mawr, National Proverbs in Ten Languages (1885).
- Though thou hast ever so many counsellors, yet do not forsake the counsel of thy own soul.
- Proverbs in: Henry George Bohn; John Ray (1899). A Hand-book of Proverbs: Comprising an Entire Republication of Ray's Collection of English Proverbs, with His Additions from Foreign Languages, and a Complete Alphabetical Index. p. 529. Retrieved on 31 July 2013.
- For us the Hurtgen was one of the most costly, most unproductive, and most ill-advised battles that our army has ever fought.
- Les vieillards aiment à donner de bons préceptes, pour se consoler de n'être plus en état de donner de mauvais exemples.
- Old men delight in giving good advice as a consolation for the fact that they can no longer provide bad examples.
- François de La Rochefoucauld, Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678), Maxim 93.
- Mr. Taft never asked my advice in the matter, but if he had asked it, I should have emphatically advised him against thus stating publicly his religious belief.
- If a man love to give advice, it is a sure sign that he himself wanteth it.
- George Savile, Marquess of Halifax, “Miscellaneous Thoughts and Reflections,” Complete Works (Oxford:1912), p. 244.
- Don't use strong drink,
—pray let me advise,
—It 's bad for the stomach, and ruins the eyes.
- The critic's role is to steer him in the proper direction and advise changes in his technique and subject matter that will coordinate his efforts with the forces of development.
- Vom sichern Port lässt sich's gemächlich rathen.
- One can advise comfortably from a safe port.
- Friedrich Schiller, Wilhelm Tell, I. 1. 146. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- By 1922, General Hans von Seeckt, commander of the German armed forces, was secretly advising his government: "Poland's existence is intolerable, incompatible with the essential conditions of Germany's life. Poland must go and will go". He added that Poland's obliteration "must be one of the fundamental objectives of German policy...With the disappearance of Poland will fall one of the strongest pillars of the Versailles Peace, the hegemony of France.
- Bosom up my counsel,
You'll find it wholesome.
- When a wise man gives thee better counsel, give me mine again.
- Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice
Hath often still'd my brawling discontent.
- I pray thee cease thy counsel,
Which falls into mine ears as profitless
As water in a sieve.
- Direct not him, whose way himself will choose;
'Tis breath thou lack'st, and that breath wilt thou lose.
- Beware of a counsellor. And know before what need he hath: for he will devise to his own mind.
- Seek no advice from a woman about her rival, from a coward about war, from a merchant about business, from a buyer about value, from a miser about generosity, from a cruel person about well-being, from a worthless worker about his work, from a seasonal laborer about the harvest, from an idle slave about a great task— pay no attention to any advice they give.
- 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. That has been my secret, and I have never had any quarrels. What if people are fools or knaves, it is not your house-keeping and you had far better leave them to their fate. The more you try to prove yourselves in the right and D. in the wrong, the more you will confirm him in his own views. Nothing makes people more furious than being proved to be in the wrong; and even if you convince D. he will always hate you.
- Hannah Whitall Smith, Philadelphia Quaker: The Letters of Hannah Whitall Smith (1950), p. 146 (part_5, p. 3 in linked document).
- No one wants advice, only corroboration.
- John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent (1961).
- Many receive advice, only the wise profit by it.
- Syrus, Maxim 152. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- Che spesso avvien che ne' maggior perigli
Son più audaci gli ottimi consigli.
- For when last need to desperation driveth,
Who dareth most he wisest counsel giveth.
- Torquato Tasso, Gerusalemme, VI. 6. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- For when last need to desperation driveth,
- A dead father's counsel, a wise son heedeth.
- Esais Tegnèr, Fridthjof's Saga, Canto VIII. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- Facile omnes, quum valemus, recta consilia ægrotis damus.
- We all, when we are well, give good advice to the sick.
- Terence, Andria, II. 1. 9. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 10-11.
- What question can be here? Your own true heart
Must needs advise you of the only part:
That may be claim'd again which was but lent,
And should be yielded with no discontent;
Not surely can we find herein a wrong,
That it was left us enjoy for so long.
- Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.
- J. R. R. Tolkien, Gildor Inglorion to Frodo in, The Lord of the Rings, from The Fellowship of the Ring, Book I, Chapter 3 (1954).
- It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal.
- The Portrait Of Mr. W. H. (1889), p. 5.
- In such green palaces the first kings reign'd, Slept in their shades, and angels entertain'd; With such old counselors they did advise, And frequenting sacred groves grew wise.
- You know, I want to just advise people watching at home playing that now popular drinking game of you take a shot whenever the Republicans say something that's not true:Please assign a designated driver.
- I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.
- If only the last of these is justifiable, all are understandable concerns. But it is hard to see what can be the purpose of musicology if not to advise people on what to hear and how to hear it.