Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

French Proverbs


"A man’s character is like his shadow which sometimes follows, ands sometimes precedes him, and which is occasionally longer, occasionally shorter than he is."

"The conqueror is regarded with awe, the wise man commands our esteem, but it is the benevolent man who wins our affection."

"The happiness of the human race in this world does not consist in our being devoid of passions, but in our learning to command them."

"If you can’t bite, don’t show your teeth."

"Misfortunes are, in morals, what bitters are in medicine: each is at first disagreeable; but as the bitters act as corrobarants to the stomach, so adversity chastens and ameliorates the disposition."

"Better bend than break."

"Envy is stronger than greed."

"Who lacks health lacks everything."

"Who speaks, sows; who listens, reaps."

"To understand all, is to forgive everything."

"Beauty, unaccompanied by virtue, is as a flower without perfume."

"A bad bush is better than an open field."

"Fortune helps him that's willing to help himself."

"Nothing is as burdensome as a secret."

"One may go a long way after one is tired."

"He that is born to be hanged shall never be drowned."

"In love, there is always one who kisses and one who offers the cheek."

"Only he who does nothing makes a mistake."

"When we cannot get what we love, we must love what is within our reach."

"Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet."

"When a blind man bears the standard, pity those who follow."

"A good swordsman is never quarrelsome."

"There are no miracles for those that have no faith in them."

"The first step binds one to the second."

"He who lives long knows what pain is."

"The richest man carries nothing away with him but a shroud."

"Work relieves us from three great evils, boredom, vice, and want."