French Quotes With English Translation

French Quotes With English Translation

“A vaincre sans péril, on triomphe sans gloire”
To win without risk is a triumph without glory


Au long aller, peti fardeau pèse.
On a lengthy journey even a small burden weighs

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“A l’étroit mais entre amis”
“Tight but with friends”

“Chat échaudé craint l’eau froide”
A scalded cat fears cold water.
English equivalent = Once bitten, twice shy.

"Le temps est un grand maître, dit-on, le malheur est qu'il tue ses élèves"
We say that time is a great teacher. It's too bad that it also kills all its students.

"Il faut casser le noyau pour avoir l'amande"
It is necessary to break the shell to have the almond


"Chassez le naturel, il revient au galop"
Chase away the natural and it returns at a gallop.
English equivalent = A leopard cannot change its spots. or If you cast out nature with a fork, it will still return.



"Qui craint de souffrir, il souffre déjà de ce qu'il craint"
He who fears suffering is already suffering that which he fears.
La Fontaine.


"Choisissez votre femme par l'oreille bien plus que par les yeux"
Choose a wife rather by your ear than your eye.

"La vérité vaut bien qu'on passe quelques années sans la trouver"
Truth is more valuable if it takes you a few years to find it. 

"La parfaite valeur est de faire sans témoin ce qu'on serait capable de faire devant tout le monde"
True valour is to do in secrecy what you could just have easily done before others. 
La Rochefoucauld.


"Il faut bonne mémoire après qu'on a menti"
A liar should have a good memory.


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"Je crains l'homme de un seul livre"
Fear the man of one book.


"La vérité est dans la vin"
There is truth in vine.
English equivalent = In wine there is truth.

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My Heads in the Clouds

My Heads in the Clouds


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Life is not waiting for the storm to stop, life is learning how to dance in the rain



"Since light travels faster than sound, people appear bright until you hear them speak."

Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful


Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed.
Jean Anouilh

A genius knows how to make himself easily understood without being obvious about it.
Jean Anouilh