Stanisław Leszczyński

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Stanisław Leszczyński

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.
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