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 for another 25,000 proverbs (in French)!