Les Proverbes et Les Dictons
French Proverbs and Sayings

 
1.  Quand le chat n'est pas là, les souris dansent.
Literal translation:  When the cat isn't there, the mice dance.

The equivalent proverb in English:
When the cat's away, the mice will play.
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2.   À tout oiseau son nid est beau.
Literal translation:  To every bird his nest is beautiful.

The equivalent proverb in English:
There's no place like home.
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3.  L'argent ne se trouve pas sous le sabot d'un cheval.
Literal translation:  Money isn't found under a horse's hoof.

The equivalent proverb in English:
Money doesn't grow on trees.
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4.  C'est la fin des haricots!
Literal translation:  It's the last of the beans!

The equivalent saying in English:
It's the last straw!
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5.  Le monde appartient à ceux qui se lèvent tôt.
Literal translation:  The world belongs to those who rise early.

The equivalent proverb in English:
The early bird catches the worm.

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6.    Deux avis valent mieux qu'un.

Literal translation:  Two opinions are worth more than one.

The equivalent proverb in English: 
Two heads are better than one.

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7.    L'habit ne fait pas le moine.
Literal translation:  The habit doesn't make the monk.

The equivalent proverbs  in English:
Clothes don't make the man.
You can't judge a book by its cover.
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8.  À mauvais ouvrier, mauvais outils.

Literal translation:  To a bad workman, bad tools.

The equivalent proverb in English:
A bad workman quarrels with his tools.

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9.  Faire d'une pierre, deux coups.
Literal translation:  To make from one stone, two strikes.

The equivalent saying in English:
To kill two birds with one stone.
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10.  'Impossible' n'est pas français.

Literal translation:  'Impossible' is not French.

The equivalent saying in English:
There is no such word as 'can't.'
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11.  Deux s'amusent, trois s'ennuient.
Literal translation:  Two have fun, three get bored.

The equivalent proverb in English:
Two is company, three is a crowd.
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12.  Qui se ressemble, s'assemble.
Literal translation:  Those who are similar, gather together.

The equivalent proverb in English:
Birds of a feather flock together.
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13.  Vouloir, c'est pouvoir.
Literal translation:  To want is to be able.

The equivalent proverb in English:
Where there's a will there's a way.
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14.  Ce ne sont pas les mots qui comptent mais les actions.
Literal translation:  It is not the words that count but the actions.

The equivalent proverb in English:
Actions speak louder than words.
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15.  À beaucoup d'ouvriers la tâche est aisée.
Literal translation:  To lots of workers the task is easy.

The equivalent proverb in English:
Many hands make light work.
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16.  Bouillon de chou fait perdre au médecin cinq sous.
Literal translation:  Cabbage soup costs the doctor five pennies.

The equivalent proverb in English:
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
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17.  À cheval donné on ne regarde pas les dents.
To a horse given as a present, one does not look at its teeth.

The equivalent proverb in English:
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
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18.  Après la pluie, le beau temps.
Literal translation:  After the rain, the beautiful weather.

The equivalent proverb in English:
Every cloud has a silver lining.
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19.  La beauté est affaire de goût.
Literal translation:  Beauty is a matter of taste.

The equivalent proverb in English:
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
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20.  C'est mon petit doigt qui me le dit.
Literal translation:  It's my little finger that tells me.

The equivalent saying in English:
A little bird tells me.
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