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French Proverbs





French proverbs offer insight into French culture, history, and society, and are often used in speech and writing. There is no substitute for knowing them, and if you can use them in yourself, so much the better. Below are all the standard proverbs used in French, along with English translations and explanations. Use the Search Box at left if you cant't navigate your way to what you want.

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heureux au jeu, malheureux en amour
happy at play, unhappy in love (n.b.: a reference to the fate of gamblers and other risk-takers, whose love lives often turn out poorly)


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