a fool may give a wise man counsel
/ɐ fˈuːl mˈeɪ ɡˈɪv ɐ wˈaɪz mˈæn kˈaʊnsəl/
used to suggest that one should be discerning and evaluate any advice or suggestions received, regardless of the source
a word to the wise is sufficient / enough
/ɐ wˈɜːd tə ðə wˈaɪz ɪz səfˈɪʃənt ɪnˈʌf/
used to suggest that a wise person only needs a brief hint or explanation to fully understand something
advice is cheap
/ɐdvˈaɪs ɪz tʃˈiːp/
used to imply that giving advice is easy and does not necessarily require much effort or expertise
advisors run no risks
/ɐdvˈaɪzɚz ɹˈʌn nˈoʊ ɹˈɪsks/
used to imply that those who give advice or counsel are typically not exposed to the potential dangers or negative consequences that may arise from the decisions made based on their recommendations
advice is least heeded when most needed
/ɐdvˈaɪs ɪz lˈiːst hˈiːdᵻd wɛn mˈoʊst nˈiːdᵻd/
used to convey the idea that people are often less likely to take advice or guidance when they are in dire or challenging situations
counsel is no command
/kˈaʊnsəl ɪz nˈoʊ kəmˈænd/
used to imply that advice or suggestions are not the same as orders or commands, and that one is free to accept or reject them as they see fit
example is far / way better than (any) precept
/ɛɡzˈæmpəl ɪz fˈɑːɹ wˈeɪ bˈɛɾɚ ðɐn ˌɛni pɹˈiːsɛpt/
used to suggest that leading by example is more effective than giving instructions or preaching, as people are often more influenced by actions than words
it is a silly goose that comes to a fox's sermon
/ɪt ɪz ɐ sˈɪli ɡˈuːs ðæt kˈʌmz tʊ ɐ fˈɑːksɪz sˈɜːmən/
used to advise individuals to be cautious and discerning in choosing whom they trust and follow for advice or guidance
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