King of Poland, Duke of Lorraine, Count of the Holy Roman Empire
"It is hardly possible to suspect another without having in one's self the seeds of the baseness the other is accused of."
"What is fame? The advantage of being known by people of whom you yourself know nothing, and for whom you care as little"
"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."
"Affectation discovers sooner what one is than it makes known what one would fain appear to be."
"First of all, I choose the great roles, and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don't come, I choose the ones that pay the rent."
"I believe, indeed, that it is more laudable to suffer great misfortunes than to do great things."
"I know no real worth but that tranquil firmness which seeks dangers by duty, and braves them without rashness."
"Politeness has been defined to be artificial good-nature; but we may affirm, with much greater propriety, that good-nature is natural politeness."
"The prejudices of youth pass away with it. Those of old age last only because there is no other age to be hoped for."
"The Word of God proves the truth of religion; the corruption of man, its necessity; government, its advantages."
"There are few defects in our nature so glaring as not to be veiled from observation by politeness and 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!"
"To make good use of life, one should have in youth the experience of advanced years, and in old age the vigor of youth."