Honest advice is unpleasant to the ears.

Chinese Proverb

Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.


Advice is more agreeable in the mouth than in the ear.

Cooley, Mason

Good advice is never as helpful as an interest-free loan.

Cooley, Mason

When it comes to winning, you need the skill and the will.

Tyger, Frank

Concentrate on your job and you will forget your other troubles.

Feather, William

Sincere advice may offend the ear but is beneficial to one’s conduct.

Chinese Proverb

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

Jong, Erica

No one ever injured their eyesight from looking on the bright side of things.


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

Wells, Carolyn

I cannot give advice. How can I when I do not authorise success. I authorise it alright. Smile.

Cooley, Mason

My advice to any diplomat who wants to have a good press is to have two or three kids and a dog.

Rowan, Carl

The advice of their elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.

Holmes Jr., Oliver Wendell

A piece of advice always contains an implicit threat, just as a threat always contains an implicit piece of advice.

Bergamin, Jos

My advice to those who think they have to take off their clothes to be a star is, once you’re boned, what’s left to create the illusion? Let’em wonder. I never believed in giving them too much of me.

West, Mae

Whoever gives advice to the sick gains a sense of superiority over them, no matter whether his advice is accepted or rejected. That is why sick people who are sensitive and proud hate their advisors even more than their illnesses.

Nietzsche, Friedrich

My advice to people today is as follows: If you take the game of life seriously, if you take your nervous system seriously, if you take your sense organs seriously, if you take the energy process seriously, you must turn on, tune in, and drop out.

Leary, Timothy

Most advice on child-rearing is sought in the hope that it will confirm our prior convictions. If the parent had wished to proceed in a certain way but was made insecure by opposing opinions of neighbors, friends, or relatives, then it gives him great comfort to find his ideas seconded by an expert.

Bettelheim, Bruno

The methodological advice to interpret in a way that optimizes agreement should not be conceived as resting on a charitable assumption about human intelligence that might turn out to be false. If we cannot find a way to interpret the utterances and other behaviour of a creature as revealing a set of beliefs largely consistent and true by our standards, we have no reason to count that creature as rational, as having beliefs, or as saying anything.

Davidson, Donald

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