A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.
Joseph Addison 1672-1719 ‘The Spectator’ no. 475, 4 September 1712
It was, perhaps, one of those cases in which advice is good or bad only as the event decides.
Jane Austen 1775-1817 ‘Persuasion’ (1818) ch. 23
To ask advice is in nine cases out of ten to tout for flattery.
Churton Collins (John Churton Collins) 1848-1908 In L. C. Collins ‘Life of John Churton Collins’ (1912) p. 316
Advice to persons about to marry—”Don’t.”
William Pulteney, Earl of Bath 1684-1764 vol. 8, p. 1 (1845)
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
The best advice is this: Don’t take advice and don’t give advice.
It is a good divine that follows his own instructions.
Old men are fond of giving good advice, to console themselves for being no longer in a position to give bad examples.
François La Rochefoucauld
The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others.
We hate to have some people give us advice because we know how badly they need it themselves.
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
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
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