C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


In the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Proverbs xi. 14.

Good counsels observed are chains of grace.

Thomas Fuller.

Let no man value at little price a virtuous woman’s counsel.

George Chapman.

The best receipt—best to work and best to take—is the admonition of a friend.


When all is done, the help of good counsel is that which setteth business straight.


They say that the best counsel is that of woman.


  • Bosom up my counsel,
  • You’ll find it wholesome.
  • Shakespeare.

    Hasty counsels are generally followed by repentance.


    And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.


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


    I will adhere to the counsels of good men, although misfortune and death should be the consequence.


    I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching.


    Counsel and conversation is a good second education, that improves all the virtues and corrects all the vices.


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


    Good counsels observed are chains to grace, which neglected, prove halters to strange undutiful children.


  • And cast
  • O’er erring deeds and thoughts a heav’nly hue
  • Of words, like sunbeams, dazzling as they pass’d.
  • Byron.

    The secret counsels of princes are a troublesome burden to such as have only to execute them.


    Though I may not be able to inform men more than they know, yet I may give them the occasion to consider.

    Sir W. Temple.

  • Ah, gentle dames! it gars me greet,
  • To think how monie counsels sweet,
  • How monie lengthened sage advices,
  • The husband frae the wife despises.
  • Burns.

    A man takes contradiction and advice much more easily than people think, only he will not bear it when violently given, even though it be well founded.


  • I pray thee, cease thy counsel,
  • Which falls into mine ears as profitless,
  • As water in a sieve.
  • Shakespeare.

    Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful, where your own self-love might impair your judgment.