Monday, May 18, 2009



He that gives good advice builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example builds with the other; but he that gives good admonition and bad example builds with one hand and pulls down with the other. W. 21 Bacon.

Let no man presume to give advice to others that has not first given good counsel to himself. Seneca.

They that will not be counseled can not be helped. If you do not hear Reason, she will rap your knuckles.


Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.

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Every man, however wise, requires the advice of some sagacious friend in the affairs of life. Plautus.

No man is so foolish but he may give another good counsel sometimes, and no man so wise but he may easily err, if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that was taught only by himself had a fool for a master. Ben Jonson.

They gave me advice and counsel in store,
Praised me and honored me more and more;
Said that I should only " wait a while,"
Offered their patronage, too, with a smile.

But with all their honor and approbation,
I should long ago have died of starvation,
Had there not come an excellent man,
Who bravely to help me along began.

Good fellow ! he got me the food I ate,

His kindness and care I shall never forget;

Yet I can not embrace him—though other folks can—

For I myself am this excellent man.

Harper's Magazine.

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