French Proverbs

French Proverbs
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  1. " A bad bush is better than an open field. "
  2. " A bad sheerer never had a good sickle. "
  3. " A bad compromise is better than a good lawsuit. "
  4. " A fault that is denied once is committed twice."
  5. " A man's value is that which he sets upon himself."
  6. " A person's reputation is like his shadow--sometimes it follows and sometimes it precedes him; and sometimes it is smaller and sometimes it is bigger than him. "
  7. " A small fire that warms you is better than a large one that burns you."
  8. " A rich man has more relatives than he knows about."
  9. " A throne is only a bench covered with velvet. "
  10. " A good meal should begin with hunger. "
  11. " A great fortune in the hands of a fool is a great misfortune. "
  12. " Always talk big and you will never be forgotten."
  13. " All of the Earth's treasures can't bring back a lost moment."
  14. " Beauty, unaccompanied by virtue, is as a flower without perfume. "
  15. " Birds of a feather flock together. "
  16. " Everyone thinks his own burden is heavy. "
  17. " Friends are lost by calling too often and by not calling often enough. "
  18. " Fortune helps him that's willing to help himself. "
  19. " He that is born to be hanged shall never be drowned. "
  20. " He that waits for a dead man's shoes may long go barefoot. "
  21. " In love, there is always one who kisses and one who offers the cheek. "
  22. "It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver."
  23. " I have so much to do...that I am going to bed."
  24. " If the doctor cures, the sun sees it; but if he kills, the earth hides it. "
  25. " If you want to totally avoid being deceived, get married on February 30th."
  26. " It would be a huge book that contained all the maybes said in a day."
  27. " Late is worth more than never."
  28. " Nothing is given as easily as advice."
  29. " One day is as good as two for the person who does everything in its place."
  30. "Nothing is as burdensome as a secret. "
  31. " Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet. "
  32. " Report makes mischiefs greater than they need to be. "
  33. " Skeptics are never deceived. "
  34. " Set your sail according to the wind."
  35. " The meaning is best known to the speaker. "
  36. " The common property donkey is the worst saddled. "
  37. " The only real way someone can stop criticism is to die. "
  38. " There are more foolish buyers than there are foolish sellers."
  39. " Tough times don't last, but tough people do. "
  40. " To want to forget something is to remember it."
  41. " There is no such thing as an insignificant enemy. "
  42. " The person who does not ask will never get a bargain."
  43. " To be willing is to be able."
  44. " When you can't find peace within yourself, there is no use looking for it somewhere else."
  45. " Women will believe any lie that is wrapped in praise."
  46. " You cannot be very smart if you have never done anything foolish."
  47. " When you rely too much on reason, you end up not relying enough on feeling."
  48. "There are no miracles for those that have no faith in them. "
  49. "When a blind man bears the standard, pity those who follow. "
  50. " When we cannot get what we love, we must love what is within our reach. "
  51. " Work relieves us from three great evils, boredom, vice, and want. "

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