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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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jamais deux sans trois
bad things come in threes (lit.: never two without three)

jeux de main(s), jeux de vilain(s)
stop fooling around or it will end in tears (lit.: playing around with your hand is the play of villains)


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