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Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
by Erica Jong

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology Cute Whimsey Cynical

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong PHOTO

Friends love misery, in fact.
Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky
or too successful or too pretty,
our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
- Erica Jong

Love is serene and calm
- Erica Jong

 

Hate generalizes; love is particular.
- Erica Jong

Love gives without taking
- Erica Jong

I have accepted fear as a part of life -
specifically the fear of change...
I have gone ahead despite the pounding
in the heart that says: turn back.
- Erica Jong

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The trouble is,
if you don't risk anything,
you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

Driving me away is easier than saying goodbye.
- Erica Jong

In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue.
If we have enough friends, we may go on for years,
intending to leave, talking about leaving -
instead of actually getting up and leaving.
- Erica Jong

Solitude is considered un-American.
- Erica Jong

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

Betrayal betrays the betrayer.
- Erica Jong

He who can take advice is sometimes superior
to him who can give it.
- Erica Jong

If you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

The best slave does not need to be beaten. She beats herself.
- Erica Jong

Because I loved myself, I was loved.
- Erica Jong

The trick is not how much pain you feel -
but how much joy you feel
- Erica Jong

Women are the only exploited group in history to have
been idealized into powerlessness.
- Erica Jong

Ambivalence is a wonderful tune to dance to.
It has a rhythm all its own.
- Erica Jong

Singularity shows something wrong in the mind.
- Erica Jong

Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
- Erica Jong

Every country gets the circus it deserves.
Spain gets bullfights.
Italy gets the Catholic Church.
America gets Hollywood.
- Erica Jong

I write lustily and humorously.
It isn't calculated; it's the way I think.
I've invented a writing style that expresses who I am.
- Erica Jong

We are finally driven to monogamy
not by morality but by exhaustion.
- Erica Jong

You take your life in your own hands,
and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

The stones themselves are thick with history,
and those cats that dash through the alleyways must
surely be the ghosts of the famous dead in feline disguise.
- Erica Jong

Solitude is un-American.
- Erica Jong

Perhaps all artists were, in a sense,
housewives: tenders of the earth household.
- Erica Jong

Show me a woman who doesn't feel guilty and I'll show you a man.
- Erica Jong

Fame means millions of people have the wrong idea of who you are.
- Erica Jong

You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women,
but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy.
- Erica Jong

It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages,
at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone.
- Erica Jong

Where is Hollywood located? Chiefly between the ears.
In that part of the American brain lately vacated by God.
- Erica Jong

Everyone has talent.
What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to
the dark place where it leads.
- Erica Jong

Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.
- Erica Jong

Men and women, women and men.
It will never work.
- Erica Jong

Men have always detested women's gossip because they suspect the truth:
their measurements are being taken and compared.
- Erica Jong

If sex and creativity are often
seen by dictators as subversive activities,
it's because they lead to the knowledge
that you own your own body
(and with it your own voice), and that's
the most revolutionary insight of all.
- Erica Jong

There is still the feeling that women's writing is
a lesser class of writing,
that what goes on in the nursery or the bedroom is
not as important as what goes on in the battlefield,
that what women know about is a less category of knowledge.
- Erica Jong

Unsolicited Advice Is Always Meddling.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

An unsolicited suggestion is
undistinguishable from a criticism.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A friend encourages your dreams and offers advice -
but when you don't follow it,
they still respect and love you.
- Doris Wild Helmering

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

In those days he was wiser than he is now;
he used to frequently take my advice.
- Winston Churchill

She generally gave herself very good advice,
(though she very seldom followed it).
- Lewis Carroll

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
- Publilius Syrus

How true Daddy's words were when he said:
all children must look after their own upbringing.
Parents can only give good advice
or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

No one can give you better advice than yourself.
- Cicero

Don't follow any advice, no matter how good,
until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think
in your mind that the counsel is wise.
- Joan Rivers

When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his
40s shouldn't play tennis.
I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait
until I reached 50 to start again.
- Hugo Black

Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more
absurd than to increase our provisions for the road
the nearer we approach to our journey's end.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

There are old heads in the world
who cannot help me by their example or advice
to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself;
but I believe that it is in my power
to elevate myself this very hour
above the common level of my life.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is a sad commentary of our times when our young
must seek advice and counsel from "Dear Abby" instead of going to Mom and Dad.
- Abigail Van Buren

The best money advice ever given me was from my father.
When I was a little girl, he told me,
'Don't spend anything unless you have to.'
- Dinah Shore

Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Your modern teenager is not about to listen to advice from an old person,
defined as a person who remembers when there was no Velcro.
- Dave Barry

Death is a very dull, dreary affair,
and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
- W. Somerset Maugham

You are perfect. You are complete.
Your inner voice always knows what to do,
but it is a quiet voice.
You can only hear the whisperings of your inner voice -
your inner compass - when you turn down the volume
of your fears, your regrets, your resentments,
and the fear-based advice
your neighbors are so willing to give you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Pension reforms, like investment advice and automatic enrollment,
will strengthen the ability of Americans to save and invest for retirement.
- Steve Bartlett

When a man spends his time giving his wife criticism
and advice instead of compliments,
he forgets that it was not his good judgment,
but his charming manners, that won her heart.
- Helen Rowland

You never find friends them following your advice upon their own affairs;
nor allowing you to manage your own.
- Willis Lamb

My advice to someone to follow in my footsteps is to have patience.
I've been doing this for twelve years.
- Christina Milian

The best advice on the art of being happy is about
as easy to follow as advice to be well when one is sick.
- Anne Sophie Swetchine

Advice to beginning SF writers? Write a lot,
finish what you write, and when it's done,
keep sending it out for quite awhile.
- Rudy Rucker

All of us, at certain moments of our lives,
need to take advice and to receive help from other people.
- Alexis Carrel

No one wants advice - only corroboration.
- John Steinbeck

It was not possible to broadcast any of that because
of an agreement between Jackson and the family.
Our legal advice was that we could not broadcast it.
- Martin Bashir

A word to the wise ain't necessary -
it's the stupid ones that need the advice.
- Bill Cosby

To ask advice is in nine cases out of ten to tout for flattery.
- John Churton Collins


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