Since I will only have crawled back from Strasbourg a few hours ago, I’m scheduling another blog before I leave to go up in my absence. Here are a few sayings about France and the French that you might enjoy!
An old saying: Raise your right hand if you like the French…. Raise both hands if you are French. Anon
Everything ends this way in France – everything. Weddings, christenings, duels, burials, swindlings, diplomatic affairs – everything is a pretext for a good dinner. Jean Anouilh
France, mother of arts, of warfare, and of laws. Joachim du Bellay
In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport. Julia Child
If it were not for the government, we would have nothing to laugh at in France.
Sébastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort 1741-94
How can anyone govern a nation that has 240 different kinds of cheese? Charles de Gaulle
I cannot prevent the French from being French. Charles de Gaulle
France is revolutionary or she is nothing at all. Alphonse Marie Louis de Lamartine
The French never allow a distinguished son of France to lack a statue. Edward V Lucas
Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion. Norman Schwarzkopf
And a few French proverbs:
The worst is not always certain but it’s very likely.
There is no such thing as a pretty good omelette.
Impossible isn’t French.
If you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas.
Don’t wake up a sleeping cat.
Those who resemble, assemble.
There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
People count up the faults of those who keep them waiting.
If you enjoyed those sayings, go to http://www.culture.gouv.fr/documentation/proverbe/pres.htm for another 25,000 proverbs (in French)!
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