Stanisław Leszczyński (20 October 1677 – 23 February 1766) was King of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Duke of Lorraine and a count of the Holy Roman Empire (a rank bestowed by Emperor Frederick III on the Leszczyński family).
- Presumption should never make us neglect that which appears easy to us, nor despair make us lose courage at the sight of difficulties.
- "Reflections on different Subjects of Morality, in The Universal Magazine (1765), p. 119.
Maxims and Moral Sentences
- Quotes collected by and reported in Moral Reflections, Sentences and Maxims of François de La Rochefoucauld (New York and London, W. Gowans, 1851), pp. 153-186.
- It is having in some measure a sort of wit to know how to use the wit of others.
- Where religion speaks, reason has only a right to hear.
- No. 2.
- To make good use of life, one should have in youth the experience of advanced years, and in old age the vigor of youth.
- No. 4.
- Long ailments wear out pain, and long hopes joy.
- No. 8.
- Reason shows us our duty; he who can make us love our duty is more powerful than reason itself.
- No. 15.
- Religion has nothing more to fear than not being sufficiently understood.
- No. 36.
- Science when well digested is nothing but good sense and reason.
- No. 43.
- Can princes born in palaces be sensible of the misery of those who dwell in cottages?
- No. 56.
- To believe with certainty we must begin with doubting.
- No. 61.