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LESZCZYNSKI STANISLAUS ("STANISLAUS I")
Polish ruler
(1677 - 1766)
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A well-read fool is the most pestilent of blockheads; his learning is a flail which he knows not how to handle, and with which he breaks his neighbor's shins as well as his own. Keep a fellow of this description at arm's length, as you value the integrity of your bones.
      - [Pedantry]

Affectation discovers sooner what one is than it makes known what one would fain appear to be.
      - [Affectation]

Almost always the most indigent are the most generous.
      - [Generosity]

Conscience warns us as a friend before it punishes us as a judge.
      - [Conscience]

Gaiety is the soul's health; sadness is its poison.
      - [Gaiety]

Genius speaks only to genius.
      - [Genius]

Good-humor is the health of the soul, sadness its poison.
      - [Good Humor]

How many persons fancy they have experience simply because they have grown old!
      - [Age]

I believe, indeed, that it is more laudable to suffer great misfortunes than to do great things.
      - [Misfortune]

I know no real worth but that tranquil firmness which seeks dangers by duty, and braves them without rashness.
      - [Firmness]

Is it not astonishing that the love of repose keeps us in continual agitation?
      - [Uneasiness]

It is hardly possible to suspect another without having in one's self the seeds of baseness the party is accused of.
      - [Suspicion]

None are rash when they are not seen by anybody.
      - [Rashness]

Nothing but religion is capable of changing pains into pleasures.
      - [Religion]

Politeness has been defined to be artificial good-nature; but we may affirm, with much greater propriety, that good-nature is natural politeness.
      - [Politeness]

The earliest desire of succeeding is almost always a prognostic of success.
      - [Success]

The instability of our tastes is the occasion of the irregularity of our lives.
      - [Taste]

The prejudices of youth pass away with it. Those of old age last only because there is no other age to be hoped for.
      - [Prejudice]

The Word of God proves the truth of religion; the corruption of man, its necessity; government, its advantages.
      - [Religion]

There are few defects in our nature so glaring as not to be veiled from observation by politeness and good-breeding.
      - [Good Breeding]

There are few persons of greater worth than their reputation; but how many are there whose worth is far short of their reputation!
      - [Reputation]

Those who ought to be secure from calumny are generally those who avoid it least.
      - [Calumny]

To be vain of one's rank or place is to disclose that one is below it.
      - [Rank]

To make good use of life, one should have in youth the experience of advanced years, and in old age the vigor of youth.
      - [Life]

We rise to fortune by successive steps; we descend by only one.
      - [Fortune]


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