Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld, French author & moralist (1613 – 1680)
I never did fully comprehend what is meant by good advice. I always believed that if I was in a situation where my advice was sought, or I just automatically rendered it, that I always gave good advice. Looking back now as I’ve got older, I realize that it was at best, honest advice, and probably the best advice I could have provided, given my age and experience. However I now know that, in some cases, perhaps most cases, it was probably not “good” advice. I now know that good advice is a blend of age, experience, intuition and common sense – a blend, which the younger man finds hard to achieve. Yet often I hear myself putting an addendum on to the advice ‘ “I am too old to intentionally give you bad advice, so I’ve given you my best shot – take it or leave it – makes no difference to me.”