French love proverbs - Proverbes d'amour 


Here are the most common French proverbs about love.

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Proverbe / Proverb Literal translation Idiomatic translation / English equivalent Meaning
Plaisir d'amour ne dure qu'un moment. Chagrin d'amour dure toute la vie. The pleasure of love lasts only a moment. The pain of love lasts a lifetime. The pleasure of love lasts only a moment. The pain of love lasts a lifetime. There is no happy love.
Cœur qui soupire n’a pas ce qu’il désire. The heart that sighs has not what it desires The heart that sighs has not what it desires When we sigh, it means we are not satisfied.
L'amour est aveugle. Love is blind. Love is blind. Love does not obey to reason.
Heureux au jeu, malheureux en amour. Happy at play, unhappy in love Happy at play, unhappy in love A reference to the fate of gamblers and other risk-takers, whose love lives often turn out poorly
Offrir l'amitié à qui veut l'amour, c'est donner du pain à qui meurt de soif. To offer friendship to someone who wants love is like giving food to someone who’s dying of thirst Nothing is crueler than unrequited love Nothing is crueler than unrequited love
Coeur facile à donner, facile à ôter. Heart easily given is easily taken away Love that come easy, go easy True love needs time to develop
Un(e) de perdu, dix de retrouvés. One lost, ten found. There are many fish in the sea. Your lost love will soon be forgotten
Plus le coeur grandit, moins les paroles sont utiles. The more the heart gets bigger, the less words are useful. As love grows, words become useless. Long-time lovers understand each other easily.
Il vaut mieux être seul que mal accompagné. One better be alone than in bad company. Loneliness is better than bad company. Better be alone that with someone you do not love
Qui aime bien châtie bien He / She who loves well punishes well Spare the rod, spoil the child. People who love you, may be hard on you but it is for your own good.
Ce que femme veut, Dieu le veut what woman wants, God wants What woman wants, God wants Women always reach their goals
Loin des yeux, loin du Coeur Far from the eyes, far from the heart Out of sight, out of mind Long-distance relationship are quickly forgotten