Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it.

Don't try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.

Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.

Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and deeper it sinks into the mind.

It is very difficult to live among people you love and hold back from offering them advice.

People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.

There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.

It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.

Friendship will not stand the strain of very much good advice for very long.

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.

Advice is one of those things it is far more blessed to give than to receive.

When your mother asks, 'Do you want a piece of advice?' it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway.

Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present.

Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them.

Good things, when short, are twice as good.

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

Good advice usually works best when preceded by a bad scare.

Always do right–this will gratify some and astonish the rest.

Distrust interested advice.

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

One's first step in wisdom is to question everything – and one's last is to come to terms with everything.

Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else; this is not advice, it is merely custom.

A word to the wise ain't necessary, it's the stupid ones who need the advice

If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.


Ask an Expert

1325–75; Middle English (adj.) < Latin expertus, past participle of experīrī to try,experience

Every day we live with the need to communicate. We need to rise above simple translation and see the meaning, when we build a website we need to include everyone (not just the sighted) and when we travel we are faced with challenging physical barriers. I know what it's like and think I have the depth and resources to help others make the right decisions.

Each month I will be responding to a question, chosen from a pool of some of the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and continue to be asked. A complete archive of "Ask an Expert" articles can be found here.

This month, I'd like to answer the following question:

How to make fitness equipment more accessible

It really does not sound as difficult as you may think. I would say that all it takes is just that extra bit of thought and a tinge more work to get the job done. Don't be afraid, here are some tips to get you started.

First, you need to ensure that your manuals and instructions are always in alternate formats; large print, on CD, or online in any of the following file formats: HTML, Word, RTF, or TXT. I would say that Braille should only be provided upon request.

Second, manuals and instructions should be easy to read and should be written in easy to understand language.

Third, display screens and control panels should come with some sort of voice over capability and large print screen display.

Fourth, buttons, knobs, and levers should be made easy to locate. They should be distinguishable and there should be enough space between each.

Fifth, buttons, knobs, and levers should be solidly built and securely attached to equipment so that they do not easily fall off. Or that they cannot be easily manoeuvred by young children.

Sixth, the ends of handle bars should be made of rubber and surfaces where one needs to stand or place their feet should also be rubberized.

These tips should be enough to get you started on the right track.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your freelance writer and roving reporter wishing you a terrific day.

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