Joe's Espace French, Sayings

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French sayings from all chapters

grande invitation, petites portions

great boast, small roast

tout est bien qui finit bien

all's well that ends well

mieux vaut tard que jamais

better late than never

aussitôt dit, aussitôt fait

no sooner said than done

les amis de nos amis sont nos amis

friends of our friends are our friends

un hôte non invité doit apporter son siège

an uninvited guest must bring his own chair

qui ne risque rien n'a rien

nothing ventured, nothing gained

quand le renard prêche, gare aux oies

when the fox preaches, watch your geese

tel pere, tel fils

like father, like son

À vieille mule, frein doré

for an old mule, a golden bit

impossible n'est pas français

impossible is not french/there's no such thing as "can't"

plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

the more things change, the more they stay the same

qui va à la chasse perd sa place

he who steps out of line looses his place

plus on est de fous, plus on rit

the more, the merrier

l'appétit vient en mangeant

appetite comes from eating

n'allonge pas ton bras au-delà de ta manche

don't stretch your arm out farther than your sleeve/don't bite off more than you can chew

si le renard court, le poulet a des ailes

though the fox runs, the chicken has wings

petit à petit, l'oiseau fait son nid

little by little, a bird builds its nest

péché avoué est à demi pardonné

an offense admitted is half pardoned

qui sème le vent récolte la tempête

he who sows the wind reaps a storm/you reap what you sow

tout nouveau, tout beau

shiny and new

la fortune vient en dormant

fortune comes while you sleep

qui vole un oeuf, vole un boeuf

he who steals an egg would steal an ox

les conseilleurs ne sont pas les payeurs

those who give advice are not the ones who pay the price

la vache la première au pré lèche la rosée

the cow who arrives at the pasture first licks the dew/the early bird gets the worm

n'éveillez pas le chat qui dort

don't wake a sleeping cat/let sleeping dogs lie

de la discussion jaillit la lumière

discussion brings light

il n'est de règle sans exception

the exception proves the rule

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