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French Proverbs and Old French Sayings

A father is a banker provided by nature.
Love makes time pass; time makes love pass.
When we cannot get what we love, we must love what is within our reach.
Men count up the faults of those who keep them waiting.             French Proverb
Nothing is as burdensome as a secret.    French Proverb
One beggar at the door is enough.    French Proverb
One flower will not make a garland.    French Proverb
Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet.    French Proverb
Wait until it is night before saying that is has been a fine day.
The sign of wisdom  is a continual cheerfulness.
Life is half spent before one knows what life is.
It's all very well in practice, but it will never work in theory.
Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble.
A bad bush is better than an open field.
A bad sheerer never had a good sickle.
A black hen lays a white egg.
A healthy man is a successful man.
A hedge between keeps friendship green.
A late Easter, a long cold spring.
A lie travels round the world while truth is putting her boots on.
A summer's sun is worth the having.
A teacher stands in fear of teaching.
A wet May was never kind yet.
A white Christmas fills the churchyard.
A wise fox will never rob his neighbours hen roost.
A year of snow, a year of plenty.
A young doctor brings a green churchyard.
And old rat is a brave rat.
A good lawyer, a bad neighbour.
The end of passion is the beginning of repentance.
Appearances are deceiving.
Who spits against the wind, spits in his own face.
Who is angry must be pleased again.
Stretch your arm no further than your sleeve.
Fortune helps him that's willing to help himself.
The cart leads the horse; the young instruct the old (on reversed governing).
Report makes mischiefs greater than they need to be.
He that asks what he should not, hears what he would not.
One bee makes no swarm.
Ill seed, ill weed
One turn serves another.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Don't bark if you can't bite.
He that goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing.
Charity begins at home.
A ragged colt may make a good horse.
A dry cough is the trumpeter of death
All is not lost that is delayed.
In too much discourse, truth ist lost.
It is very hard to shave an egg.
What can't be cured, must be endured.
The eye of the master does more than both his hands.
Who never climbed, never fell.
Every flow has its ebb.
Forewarned, forearmed.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
Tell me with whom you go, and I'll tell what you do.
Fresh fish and new-come guests smell when they are three days old.
Every evil comes to us on wings and goes away limping.
There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
Only that which is provisional endures.
Men count up the faults of those who keep them waiting.             French Proverb
Nothing is as burdensome as a secret.    French Proverb
One beggar at the door is enough.    French Proverb
One flower will not make a garland.    French Proverb
Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet.    French Proverb
Wait until it is night before saying that is has been a fine day.
The sign of wisdom  is a continual cheerfulness.
Life is half spent before one knows what life is.
It's all very well in practice, but it will never work in theory.
Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble.
A bad bush is better than an open field.
A bad sheerer never had a good sickle.
A black hen lays a white egg.
A healthy man is a successful man.
A hedge between keeps friendship green.
A late Easter, a long cold spring.
A lie travels round the world while truth is putting her boots on.
A summer's sun is worth the having.
A teacher stands in fear of teaching.
A wet May was never kind yet.
A white Christmas fills the churchyard.
A wise fox will never rob his neighbours hen roost.
A year of snow, a year of plenty.
A young doctor brings a green churchyard.
And old rat is a brave rat.
A good lawyer, a bad neighbour.
The end of passion is the beginning of repentance.
Appearances are deceiving.
Who spits against the wind, spits in his own face.
Who is angry must be pleased again.
Stretch your arm no further than your sleeve.
Fortune helps him that's willing to help himself.
The cart leads the horse; the young instruct the old (on reversed governing).
Report makes mischiefs greater than they need to be.
He that asks what he should not, hears what he would not.
One bee makes no swarm.
Ill seed, ill weed
One turn serves another.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Don't bark if you can't bite.
He that goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing.
Charity begins at home.
A ragged colt may make a good horse.
A dry cough is the trumpeter of death
All is not lost that is delayed.
In too much discourse, truth ist lost.
It is very hard to shave an egg.
What can't be cured, must be endured.
The eye of the master does more than both his hands.
Who never climbed, never fell.
Every flow has its ebb.
Forewarned, forearmed.
Save a thief from the gallows and he will cut your throat.
Tell me with whom you go, and I'll tell what you do.
Fresh fish and new-come guests smell when they are three days old.

 



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