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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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rien n'arrête la course du temps
nothing can stop the course of time

rien ne sert de courir il faut partir a point
nothing is served by running; one must leave at the right time

rira bien qui rira le dernier
who laughs last laughs best

Rome ne s’est pas fait en un jour
Rome wasn’t built in a day


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