To ask for advice is in nine cases out of ten to ask for flattery.
- John Churton Collins
I have lived some thirty years on this planet and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors.
- Henry David Thoreau
The advice of their elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
The people sensible enough to give good advice are usually sensible enough to give none.
- Eden Phillpotts
Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
- W. Somerset Maugham
When you encounter seemingly good advice that contradicts other seemingly good advice, ignore them both.
- Al Franken, "Oh, the Things I Know", 2002
Never have anything to do with an unlucky place, or an unlucky man. I have seen many clever men, very clever men, who had not shoes to their feet. I never act with them. Their advice sounds very well, but they cannot get on themselves; and if they cannot do good to themselves, how can they do good for me?
If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.
- Ann Landers