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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


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


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


The best advice is this:  Don't take advice and don't give advice.  ~Author Unknown


It is a good divine that follows his own instructions.  ~William Shakespeare


Old men are fond of giving good advice, to console themselves for being no longer in a position to give bad examples.  ~Franšois La Rochefoucauld


When we ask advice we are usually looking for an accomplice.  ~Charles Varlet de La Grange, Pensées, 1872


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


Few take advice, or physic, without wry faces at it.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


We hate to have some people give us advice because we know how badly they need it themselves.  ~Author Unknown


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


It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves.  ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld


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


No one wants advice - only corroboration.  ~John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent


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 Montagu


I always pass on good advice.  It's the only thing to do with it.  It is never any use to oneself.  ~Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband, 1895


A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.  ~Edgar Watson Howe, Country Town Sayings, 1911


Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.  ~Cicero


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