70+ French Inspirational Quotes and Sayings to Enjoy French

French Inspirational Quotes for Success

  1. Le meilleur moment pour planter un arbre était il y a 20 ans, le deuxième meilleur moment c’est maintenant.
    Translation: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the 2nd best time is right now.
  2. C’est toujours le bon moment.
    Translation: It is always a good time.
  3. Soyez le changement que vous voulez voir dans ce monde.
    Translation: Be the change you want to see in the world.
  4. Les chefs-d’oeuvre ne sont jamais que des tentatives heureuses.
    Translation: The masterpieces are nothing but happy tentatives.
  5. Peu importe la lenteur à laquelle vous allez tant que vous n’arrêtez pas.
    Translation: It doesn’t matter how slowly you are going, as long as you don’t stop – Anonymous.
  6. Vous n’êtes pas encore arrivés mais vous êtes plus proche qu’hier.
    Translation: You haven’t arrived yet, but you are closer than yesterday – Anonymous.
  7. Il vaut mieux faire que dire.
    Translation: It is better to do, than to talk – Alfred de Musset.
  8. Les portes de l’avenir sont ouvertes à ceux qui savent les pousser.
    Translation: The door to the future is open to those who know how to push through them.
  9. La parfaite valeur est de faire sans témoin ce qu’on serait capable de faire devant tout le monde.
    Translation: The perfect merit is to do without witness, that which you can do before all the world – François de La Rochefoucauld.
  10. Imaginer, c’est choisir.
    Translation: To imagine, it is to choose.
  11. Il ne faut pas attendre d’être parfait pour commencer quelque chose de bien.
    Translation: You don’t have to wait for it to be perfect before starting something good – Abbé Pierre.

French Quotes with English Translation

  1. On ne change pas une équipe qui gagne.
    Translation: You don’t change a team that is winning.
  2. Le bonheur n’est pas quelque chose de prêt à l’emploi. Il vient de vos propres actions.
    Translation: Happiness is not something that comes out of a box (ready to use). It comes from your own actions.
  3. Il n’y a pas de raccourci pour aller là où ça vaut la peine d’aller.
    Translation: There is no shortcut going anywhere that is worth going.
  4. Fais toujours de ton mieux même si personne ne regarde.
    Translation: Always do your best, even if no one is watching.
  5. Vouloir, c’est pouvoir.
    Translation: To want is to be able.
  6. Je pense, donc je suis.
    Translation: I think therefore I am.
  7. Cent percent (100%) des choses qu’on ne tente pas échouent.
    Translation: You will fail at 100% of the things you don’t try.
  8. À vaincre sans peril, on triomphe sans gloire.
    Translation: To conquer without peril, is to win without glory.
  9. À vaillant coeur rien d’impossible.
    Translation: For a brave heart, nothing is impossible.
  10. Il vaut mieux prévenir que guérir.
    Translation: It is better to prevent than to try to cure.

French Quotes about Life and Struggle

  1. Petit a petit, l’oiseau fait son nid.
    Translation: Little by little, the bird makes his nest.
  2. Qui n’avance pas, recule.
    Translation: He who doesn’t advance, goes in reverse.
  3. Après la pluie, le beau temps.
    Translation: After the rain, comes the sunshine.
  4. Qui court 2 lièvres à la fois, n’en prend aucun.
    Translation: The one who chases 2 hares at the same time, will catch neither.
  5. Qui craint de souffrir, il souffre déjà de ce qu’il craint.
    Translation: He who fears suffering, suffers already of what he fears.
  6. Quand on a pas ce que l’on aime, il faut aimer ce que l’on a.
    Translation: When one doesn’t have the one you love, you have to love what you have.
  7. Il n’y a pas de verités moyennes.
    Translation: There are no half-truths.
  8. Le bonheur est parfois caché dans l’inconnu.
    Translation: Happiness is sometimes hidden in the unknown.
  9. Nous sommes nos choix.
    Translation: We are our choices.
  10. Chacun voit midi à sa porte.
    Translation: Everyone sees noon at his door – Jacques d’Arribehaude
  11. Ècrire, c’est une façon de parler sans être interrompu.
    Translation: To write, it is a way to speak without being interrupted – Jules Renard.

France Quotes and Sayings

  1. France does not practice revenge. –Francois Fillon
  2. France is a strong, wealthy country. –Emmanuel Macron
  3. Paris ain’t much of a town. –Babe Ruth
  4. In France, history is paralyzing. –Jean Paul Gaultier
  5. France will always be a great nation. –Napoleon Bonaparte
  6. France cannot be France without greatness. –Charles De Gaulle
  7. France was long a despotism tempered by epigrams. –Thomas Carlyle
  8. France, famed in all great arts, in none supreme. –Matthew Arnold
  9. France is a meddow that cuts thrice a yeere. –George Herbert
  10. France is an old country that needs to wake up. –Melanie Laurent
  11. In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport. –Julia Child
  12. In France one must adapt oneself to the fragrance of a urinal. –Gertrude Stein
  13. There is just one France, one single nation, united in the same destiny. –Francois Hollande
  14. Heads of France lead from a palace, and traditionally they retire to a cloud. –Rosecrans Baldwin
  15. France is the only nation in which astoundingly small numbers of civilized patrons reside. –Gustave Courbet
  16. France is the most civilized country in the world and doesn’t care who knows it. –John Gunther
  17. France needs to improve training and education and the level of skills of its workforce. –Francois Hollande
  18. France has neither winter nor summer nor morals–apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country. –Mark Twain
  19. A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life. –Thomas Jefferson
  20. France is the only country where the money falls apart, and you can’t tear the toilet paper. –Billy Wilder
  21. France is a nation devoted to the false hypothesis on which it then builds marvelously logical structures. –Gore Vidal
  22. In France every man is either an anvil or a hammer; he is a beater or must be beaten. –Voltaire
  23. France was an occupied country, a country that surrendered and was left without the right to choose. –Jean–Marie Le Pen
  24. France always has plenty men of talent, but it is always deficient in men of action and high character. –Napoleon Bonaparte
  25. France is a place where the money falls apart in your hands but you can’t tear the toilet paper. –Billy Wilder
  26. France must be an example to the world in the quality of its food, starting with its children. –Bruno Le Maire
  27. France has never gotten over the fact that it was once a great power and is now just a great nuisance. –Thomas Sowell