French ProverbsRating Mail
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
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Don't look a gifthorse in the mouth. (or) At a given horse one doesn't look at the teeth / bridle (the bit in the horse's mouth).
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A carpenter is known by his chips.
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On Saint Lucia's Day, the days grow by the jump of a flea.
Meaning - The days begin to get longer on Saint Lucia's Day, December 16 (which formerly coincided with the Winter Solstice).
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After troubles, calm comes back.
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Other days, other ways.
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With these ifs, we put Paris in a bottle. (or) If wishes were fishes we'd all cast nets. (or) If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
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Ill-gotten gains seldom prosper.
Meaning - Goods badly acquired never profit.
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Hunger is the best spice.
Meaning - A good meal must begin with hunger.
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Blood will out.
Meaning - Good blood wouldn't know how to lie.
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A good name is better than riches.
Meaning - A good name is worthier than a golden belt.
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It's white hat and hat white. (or) It's six of one and half a dozen of the other.
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It's when in need that one recognises one's true friends.(or) A friend in need is a friend indeed.
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It's in old kettles that one makes the best soup. (or) The best broths are made in the oldest pots.
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Practice makes perfect.
Meaning - By dint of forging one becomes a blacksmith.
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It's the biter bit.
Meaning - It's the waterer getting drenched.
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It's the exception that proves the rule.
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It's the straw that breaks the camel's back.
Meaning - It's the drop of water that makes the jug overflow.
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It's the mote and the beam (or the pot calling the kettle black).
Meaning - It's the straw and the beam.
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It's the pot calling the kettle black.
Meaning - It's Pity / the hospital that mocks Charity.
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The guilty dog barks the loudest.
Meaning - It is the hen which sings which has laid the egg.
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The pot that calls the kettle black.
Meaning - It's the pan mocking the cauldron.
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It's not what you say but the way you say it.
Meaning - It's the tone that makes the song.
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They love too much who die for love. (or) Itīs loving too much when one dies of it.
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Tit for tat. (or) One good turn deserves another.
Meaning - It is one loaned for one returned.
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Donīt leave till tomorrow what can be finished today. (or) What is done no longer needs to be done.
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You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
Meaning - You can't teach old monkeys how to make faces.
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Great cry, little milk.
Meaning - It is not the cow who shouts the loudest who gives the most milk.
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A woman's will is God's will. (or) That which a woman wishes, God wishes.
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Every man for himself, and God for us all. (or) Every man for himself, and the Devil take the hindmost.
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One should mind one's own business.
Meaning - Each to his craft, and the cows will be well looked after.
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To each his own.
Meaning - Everyone sees noon at his door.
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Sing to a donkey, he will fart to you. (or) Hold food in your hand, and the dog will bite it.
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An Englishman's home is his castle.
Meaning - A coalman is master of his own house.
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Charity begins at home.
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A leopard cannot change its spots. or If you cast out nature with a fork, it will still return.
Meaning - Chase away the natural and it returns at a gallop.
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Once bitten, twice shy.
Meaning - A scalded cat fears cold water.
Note : Signification : If you ever have been hurt by something, you'll be over-cautious of anything that even looks the same.
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A woman is probably at the heart of the quarrel.
Meaning - Look for the woman.
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Barking dogs seldom bite. (or) His bark is worse than his bite
Meaning - Dog that barks does not bite.
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Promises are made to be kept.
Meaning - Thing promised, thing owed.
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The heart that sighs does not have what it desires.
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As you make your bed, so you are going to lie in it.
Meaning - As one makes one's bed, one lies in it.
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Comparisons are misleading.
Meaning - Comparison is no reason.
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Happiness is worth more than riches.
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Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Meaning - Going to bed with the hen and waking with the crow keeps the man from the grave.
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In doubt, abstain. (or) When in doubt, forbear.
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Two heads are better than one.
Meaning - Out of discussion springs forth the light.
Note : French signification: Good ideas emerge from discussion/argument.
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Tomorrow is another day.
Meaning - Tomorrow will be a day.
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Two heads are better than one.
Meaning - Two opinions are better than one.
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A man is known by the company he keeps.
Meaning - Tell me whom you spend time with and I will tell you who you are.
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