French proverbs about age - Proverbes sur les ages de la vie 

Here are the most common French proverbs about age.


Proverbe / Proverb Literal translation Idiomatic translation / English equivalent Meaning
Si la personne est âgée, son coeur ne l'est pas. If the person is old, his/her heart is not. Young at heart. Old people can still be very active
On n'apprend pas aux vieux singes à faire des grimaces. one can’t teach an old monkey to make faces You can’t teach an old dog new tricks There’s no substitute for experience.
Il faut que jeunesse se passe. youth must happen youth must have its fling It is normal for youth to be a little wild.
Si jeunesse savait, si vieillesse pouvait. if youth knew, if old age could Youth is wasted on the young Youth lack the experience of the elderly.
à chaque âge ses plaisirs (son esprit et ses mœurs) Every age has its pleasures (its style of wit, and its own ways). - 1. People are changing with time

2. The society evolves

3. Different generations of people may have difficulty to understand each other
La vérité sort de la bouche des enfants. the truth comes out of the mouths of chidren out of the mouths of babes and sucklings comes forth truth The innocence of children make them say truth that older people would have hidden
Tel père, tel fils. like father, like son like father, like son Children end up being like their parents
Chaque chose en son temps each thing in its time all things in their time Don't rush things