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French proverbs

Proverbs are concise, well crafted and musical. They sum up a situation, an action or an idea in a single stroke, loaded with centuries of wisdom. They will be found mingled in everyday conversation, to illustrate or emphasize the message. The list below is far from exhaustive, but the most common French proverbs are included.

The first column shows the original proverb, click to listen. The second column provides a short explanation. The third column suggests an equivalent in English.