Famous French Sayings

Enjoy our inspirational collection of famous french sayings said by some very famous French people, including authors, poets, actors and more!

"Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live. " Nicolas de Chamfort, Famous French Writer
"I never do anything by chance." Brigitte Bardot, Famous French Actress
"A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors." Charles Baudelaire, Famous French Poet
"Fear of error which everything recalls to me at every moment of the flight of my ideas, this mania for control, makes men prefer reason's imagination to the imagination of the senses. And yet it is always the imagination alone which is at work." Louis Aragon, Famous French Poet & Author
"I have to do what's right." Herve Villechaize, Famous French Actor

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Conviction is the conscience of the mind. Nicolas de Chamfort

Nothing can be done except little by little. Charles Baudelaire

It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen. Brigitte Bardot

In love there are no vacations. No such thing. Love has to be lived fully with its boredom and all that. Marguerite Duras

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved. George Sand

Experience is a dim lamp, which only lights the one who bears it. Louis-Ferdinand Celine

The future is made of the same stuff as the present. Simone Weil

The fool shouts loudly, thinking to impress the world. Marie de France

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up. Albert Schweitzer

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
Jean de La Fontaine, Famous French Poet

Journalism without a moral position is impossible. Every journalist is a moralist. It's absolutely unavoidable.
Marguerite Duras, Famous French Novelist

Get up tomorrow early in the morning, and earlier than you did today, and do the best that you can.
Joan of Arc, Famous French Activist

Be sure that you speak with unfeigned lips.
Marie de France, Famous French Poet

Love is the poetry of the senses. Honore de Balzac

Success is very ephemeral. You depend entirely on the desire of others, which makes it difficult to relax. Eva Green

If one of two lovers is loyal, and the other jealous and false, how may their friendship last, for Love is slain! Marie de France

Anything is possible as long as you have the passion. Guy Forget

I would rather die than do something which I know to be a sin, or to be against God's will. Joan of Arc

Common sense tells us that the things of the earth exist only a little, and that true reality is only in dreams. Charles Baudelaire

There are strange flowers of reason to match each error of the senses. Louis Aragon

If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing. Marc Chagall

But the shortest works are always the best. Jean de La Fontaine

Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life. Nicolas de Chamfort

I never did something for the money. It is my only luxury, I do not have a house, I do not have anything. But I have my freedom. Fanny Ardant

Impart as much as you can of your spiritual being to those who are on the road with you, and accept as something precious what comes back to you from them. Albert Schweitzer

Any man who does not accept the conditions of life sells his soul. Charles Baudelaire

By the work one knows the workman. Jean de La Fontaine

You should just enjoy it, but as soon as you decide that it is going to be your career, no matter whether you want to be a doctor or an architect or anything else, you need to work 5 hours a day. Guy Forget

One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying. Joan of Arc

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