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  • Culture

    12 INSPIRATIONAL FRENCH QUOTES TO LIVE BY

    By So Frenchy So Chic 04 September 2019
    Image – Douglas Kirkland

    12 inspirational French quotes to live by

    From the age of revolution to the era of Instagram, France has gifted us world-changing thinkers, artists, pioneers and fashionistas. Here’s a selection of their finest words of wisdom to enhance your savoir faire:

     

    L’élégance est quand l’intérieur est aussi beau que l’extérieur.

    Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside.

    – Coco Chanel, legendary founder of the iconic Parisian fashion house

     

    Nous vivons dans un arc-en-ciel de chaos.

    We live in a rainbow of chaos.

    – Paul Cézanne, revered post-impressionist painter described by Picasso as ‘the father of us all’

     

    L’amour, c’est l’espace et le temps rendus sensibles au Coeur.

    Love is space and time measured by the heart.

    – Marcel Proust, from the French literary great’s 1923 book La Prisonniere

     

    Dans la vie, rien n’est à craindre, tout est à comprendre.

    Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.

    – Marie Curie, trailblazing scientist who became the first woman to win a Nobel prize – and the only woman to win two

     

    Qui vivra verra.

    They who live shall see.

    – French proverb – read ‘time will tell’

     

    Le style découle de ce qui nous nous nourrit tous les jours.

    Style comes from what nourishes us every day.

    – Caroline de Maigret, model, muse and musician

     

    Le monde de la réalité a ses limites; le monde de l’imagination est sans frontières.

    The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.

    – Jean-Jacques Rousseau, political philosopher whose thinking influenced the French revolution

     

    Je veux, je peux.

    I want, I can.

    – Motto of famed aviatrice Maryse Bastié, who set flying records in the 1930s

     

    L’avenir est entre les mains de ceux qui explorent.

    The future is in the hands of those who explore.

    • Jacques-Yves Cousteau, explorer and oceanographer who pioneered Scuba diving

     

     

    Petit à petit, l’oiseau fait son nid.

    Little by little, the bird makes its nest.

    – French proverb, read: Slow and steady wins the race

     

    C’est cela l’amour, tout donner, tout sacrifier sans espoir de retour.

    That is love, to give away everything, to sacrifice everything, without the slightest desire to get anything in return.

    – Albert Camus, renowned philosopher and author who became the second-youngest Nobel literature prize winner aged 44.

     

    And one more from Coco Chanel…

    Si vous êtes triste, ajoutez plus de rouge à lèvres et attaquez.

    If you are sad, add more lipstick and attack.

     

    What inspirational quotes do you live by? Share and tell us on our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter accounts: @sofrenchy.sochic

     

    [ENDS]