Quotations: Advice & Counsel

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“A fool is only a fool because he won’t see he is a fool.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“A man of counsel will be considerate; but a strange and proud man is not daunted with fear, even when of himself he hath done without counsel.” —Ecclesiasticus 32:18

“A man who is acting without thinking resembles a city with decrepit walls.” —Plato

“A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.” —Chinese proverb

“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:” —Proverbs 1:5

“And let the counsel of thine own heart stand: for there is no man more faithful unto thee than it.” —Ecclesiasticus 37:13

“As timber girt and bound together in a building cannot be loosed with shaking: so the heart that is stablished by advised counsel shall fear at no time.” —Ecclesiasticus 22:16

“Advice is like snow—the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.” —Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“By honestly acknowledging your past errors, but never damning yourself for them, you can learn to use your past for your own future benefit.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 194

“Carl Rogers’s belief that clients need counselors to provide genuine acceptance and empathy is false as it is only preferable and not a necessity.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Change will lead to insight more often than insight will lead to change.” —Milton Erickson

“Counseling is the correction of feelings such that the self-defeating feeling is switched out for a healthy feeling.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace is joy.” —Proverbs 12:20

“Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.” —Proverbs 20:18

“Extol not thyself in the counsel of thine own heart; that thy soul be not torn in pieces as a bull [straying alone].” —Ecclesiasticus 6:2

“For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.” —I Peter 2:20

“Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of truth. To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature and to suppress truth.” —Liu Xiaobo, Noble Peace Prize laureate

“Give not over thy mind to heaviness, and afflict not thyself in thine own counsel.” —Ecclesiasticus 30:21

“Gold and silver make the foot stand sure: but counsel is esteemed above them both.” —Ecclesiasticus 40:25

“He that won’t be counseled can’t be helped.” —Benjamin Franklin

“Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.” —Proverbs 19:20

“If we eliminated all errors, we would also eliminate much discovery, art, insight, learning, and creativity that results from facing errors.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” —Aristotle

“Let reason go before every enterprise, and counsel before every action.” —Ecclesiasticus 38:33

“Movement in counseling is from one attitude, belief, or feeling to another.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Search well and be wise, nor believe that self-willed pride will ever be better than good counsel.” —Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound

“Silver and gold will not make men better. It is the opinions of wise men that enrich with virtue those who share them.” —Plato

“Someone who points out your flaws to you is not necessarily your enemy. Someone who speaks of your virtues is not necessarily your friend.” —Zen Buddhist saying

“Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push.” —Joann Thomas

“Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth.” —Isaiah 16:3

“The fool hates helpful criticism, the learned person tolerates it, the wise person accepts it, but only the sage seeks it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” —Norman Vincent Peale

“The trouble with the man who goes to see a doctor is that he wishes to be cured in a day of ills it has taken him years to acquire.” —Anonymous

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” —Proverbs 12:15

“Those who, without thinking, waste good advice, soon are driven to evil acts.” —Menander, fragment

“To me, no profitable speech sounds ill.” —Sophocles, Electra

“To think well and to obey someone giving good advice are the same thing.” —Herodotus, Histories

“To win over your bad self is the grandest and foremost of victories.” —Plato

“We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path, without brightening our own.” —Ben Sweetland

“Whatever advice you give, be brief.” —Horace

“When receiving correction, the wise seeks to learn and the fool seeks to justify with excuses.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” —Proverbs 11:14

“Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established.” —Proverbs 15:22

“Words are the physicians of a mind diseased.” —Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound

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10 Reasons Advice Can Be Helpful

  1. Advice can emphasize virtuous choices and options.
  2. Advice can exhort to virtue.
  3. Advice can link and network different virtues thereby strengthening them.
  4. Advice can make virtue clear from non-virtue.
  5. Advice can make virtue ready to practice, to go forward into the world.
  6. Advice can plant seeds that blossom into virtues.
  7. Advice can promote the practice of virtue.
  8. Advice can reinforce virtuous responses.
  9. Advice can reinitialize and revitalize virtuous choices.
  10. Advice can strengthen virtue by pointing out its benefits to your life and soul.

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