93 Beautiful Quotes and Sayings in French about Love and Life

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When it comes to la langue de l’amour, (the language of love), there is no better way to express your feelings to that special someone, than with these beautiful sayings in French.

Centuries of French authors, writers and thinkers, (such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Victor Hugo, Albert Camus and Marcel Proust), have all played their part in creating a nation that is looked to fondly as one être aimé (to be loved).

From its Latin origins to the modern form, the French language is globally renowned for the eloquence and sensuality it bestows on its listeners – because let’s face it, when your Capital City is dubbed as ‘The City of Love’, you must be doing something right!

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French quotes About Love

In this blog post, we have put together 93 beautiful sayings in French about love, alongside French common quotes with their English translation.

These sayings in French about love will help you captivate the one you love, or perhaps find comfort in their departure, in a way that simply can’t be matched by any other language in the world.

french sayings about love

“Á Vaillant coeur rien d’impossible.” - For a brave heart nothing is impossible.

Inspirational French Quotes About Love

1.“Aimer, ce n’est pas se regarder l’un l’autre, c’est regarder ensemble dans le même direction.”

To love is to not look at each other, it is to look together in the same direction.

2. “À vaillant coeur rien d’impossible.“

For a valiant heart nothing is impossible.

3. “Oh! Si tu pouvais lire dans mon coeur, tu verrais la place où je t’ai mise!” 

If you could read my heart, you would see the place I have given you there.

4.“L’amour, c’est renoncer á l’intelligence pour vivre de ses sens.”

Love is giving up intelligence to live by your senses. 

5. “Cent percent des choses qu’on ne tente pas échouent.”

You will fail at 100% of things you don’t try. 

6. “L’amour est l’emblème de l’éternité, il confond toute la notion de temps, efface toute la mémoire d’un commencement, toute la crainte d’une extrémité.”

Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time, erases all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.

7. “Il n’ya pas de raccourci pour aller lá oú ça vaut la peine d’aller.”

There is no shortcut going anywhere that is worth going. 

8. “Á Vaillant coeur rien d’impossible.”

For a brave heart nothing is impossible.

9. “Vouloir, c’est pouvoir.”

To want is to be able.

10.“L’amour est une passion qui ne se soumet à rien, et à qui au contraire, toutes choses se soumettent.” 

Love is a passion which surrenders to nothing, but to the contrary, everything surrenders to love.

11.“Un seul être vous manque et tout est dépeuplé.” 

Sometimes, only one person is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated.

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French Proverbs About Love

These proverbs are the epitome of sayings in French about love. 

Rather than quotes, these are words of wisdom that will connect with anyone who has ever truly experienced love. 

12. “Choisissez votre femme par l’oreille bien plus que par les yeux.”

Choose a wife rather by your ear than your eye.

13. “Il vaut mieux prévenir que guérir.”

It is better to prevent than to try to cure.

14. “On ne change pas une èquipe qui gagne.”

You don’t change a team that is winning.

15. “Le bonheur n’est pas quelque chose de prêt à l’emploi. Il vient de vos propres actions.”

Happiness is not something that comes out of a box. It comes from your own actions.

16. “Á vaincre sans peril, on triomphe sans gloire.”

To conquer without peril, is to win without glory.

17.Quand on a pas ce que l’on aime, il faut aimer ce que l’on a.”

When one doesn’t have the one you love, you have to love what you have. 

18. “Il n’y a pas plus sourd que celui qui ne veut pas entendre.”

No one is as deaf as the one who doesn’t want to listen. 

19. “Chacun voit midi a sa porte.”

Everyone has/sees things from their own perspective.

The literal translation – Everyone sees noon at his door.

20.La verite vaut bien qu’on.”

Truth is more valuable if it takes you a few years to find it.

21. “L’amour rend aveugle.”

Love is blind.

22. “Il n’y a pas de verités moyennes.”

There are no half-truths. 

23. “Petit a petit, l’oiseau fait son nid.”

Little by little, the bird makes his nest.

24. “Qui craint de souffrir, il souffre déjá de ce qu’il craint.”

He who fears suffering, suffers already of what he fears.

french sayings about love

Famous French Quotes

Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin Quotes

‘George Sand’ is the pseudonym of Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dudevant, a 19th Century French romantic writer.

 25. “Il n’y a qu’un bonheur dans la vie, c’est d’aimer et d’être aimé.”

There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved

26. “L’esprit cherche et c’est le Coeur qui trouve.”

The mind seeks and it is the heart that finds. 

27. “Gardez bien en vous ce trésor, la gentilesse. Sachez donner sans retenue, padre sanns regret, acquérir sans mesquinerie.”

Keep well within you this treasure, kindness. Know how to give without restraint, lose without regret, acquire without meanness. 

28. “Hélas! L’amour ne vit pas longtemps de doux regards et de billets doux.”

Alas! Love does not live long on sweet looks and sweet bills.

Coco Chanel French Quotes

Gabrielle Bonheur Coco” Chanel was a French fashion designer and businesswoman.

The founder and namesake of the Chanel brand, born August 1883.

While she might not be the first French person who comes to mind when you think of sayings in French about love, her connection with beauty, passion and glamour is undeniable. 

29. “Les seuls beaux yeux sont ceux qui vous regardant avec tendresse.”

The only beautiful eyes are those who look at you with tenderness. 

30. “Nous sommes tous des étoiles, il nous suffit juste d’apprendre á briller.”

We are all stars, we just need to learn to shine.

31. “L’amour est un secret entre deux coeurs, un mystére entre deux âmes.”

Love is a secret between two hearts, and mystery between two souls. 

32. “La plus belle phrase d’amour est dite dans le silence d’un regard.”

The most beautiful love phrase is said in the silence of a glance.

Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

A French poet, actor and novelist, she was born in Douai in the 18th Century, later moving to Paris.

Here she mused over some of the most famous sayings in French about love that you will find.

33. “Entre deux coeurs qui s’aiment, nul besoin de paroles.”

Between two loving hearts, there is no need for words. 

34. “Ce qu’on donne á l’amour est á jamais perdu.”

What you give to love is lost forever. 

35. “Nous devons faire nos vies en cousant, point par point.”

We must make our lives as we sew, stitch by stitch.

Alfred de Musset

Alfred Louis Charles de Musset-Pathay was a 19th Century French dramatist, poet, and novelist, born in Paris.

36. “La vie est un sommeil, l’amour en est le rêve.”

Life is a long sleep and love is its dream.

37. “Le seul vrai langage au monde est un baiser.” 

The only true language in the world is a kiss.

38. “On ne badine pas avec l’amour.”

Don’t trifle with love/love is serious business.

39. “Oui, femmes, quoi, qu’on puisee dire, vous avez le fatal pouvoir de nous jeter par un sourire dans l’ivresse ou le désespoir.”

Yes, women, whatever can be said, you have the fatal power to throw us with a smile in drunkenness or despair.

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Albert Camus

Albert Camus was a French-Algerian philosopher, author, and journalist, known for his great mind.

He is quoted for many of the most powerful quotes and sayings in French about love, but more widely known for winning the Nobel Prize in Literature (1957) at the age of just 44.

40. “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.

41. “Il n’y a pas de honte á preferer le bonheur.”

There is no shame in preferring happiness. 

42. “Les gens sont des miracles qui s’ignorent.”

People are miracles that ignore each other. 

43. “Aimer un étre, c’est accepter de vieillir avec lui.”

To love a being is to accept to grow old with him. 

44. “Créer, c’est aussi donner une forme á son destin.”

To create is also to give shape to one’s destiny.

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (Molière)

A French playwright, actor and poet, widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the French language, Jean-Baptiste was better known by his stage name – Moliére.

45. “Vivre sans aimer n’est pas proprement vivre.”

To live without love, is to not live.  

46. “On ne peut etre heureux sans amoureux desirs; Otez l’amour de la vie, vous en otez les plaisirs.”

One cannot be happy without loving desires; take away the love of life, you take away the pleasures. 

47. “Rendez a mon amour, rendez a ma douleur le charme de mes yeux, et le choix de mon coeur.”

Give back to my love, give back to my pain the charm of my eyes, and the choice of my heart.

48. “Vivre sans aimer n’est pas proprement vivre.”

To live without loving is to not really live.

49. “Les commencements ont des charmes inexprimables.”

Beginnings have inexpressible charm.

50. “Il n’y a en amour que les honteux qui perdent.”

There are only those who are ashamed who lose in love.

51. “La grande ambition des femmes est d’inspirer de l’amour.”

The great ambition of women is to inspire love.

52. “Un Coeur ne peut jamais outrage quand il aime et ce que fait l’amour, il l’excuse lui-même.”

A heart can never outrage when it loves and what it loves does itself excuse.

53. “Tout le Plaisir de l’amour est dans le changement.”

All the pleasure of love is in change.

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Edith Piaf French Quotes of Love

A French singer-songwriter and film actress, Edith Piaf is one of Frances most widely known international stars.

She is single-handedly responsible for some of the most beautiful sayings in French about love. 

54. “Quand il me prend dans ses bras,/Il me parle tout bas,/Je vois la vie en rose.”

When he takes me in his arms and speaks to me softly, I see the world through rose-coloured glasses.

55. “L’amour signife se batter, gros mensonges et quelques gifles sur le visage.”

Love means fighting, big fat lies and a couple of slaps across the face.

56. “Je pense que tu dois payer l’amour avec des larmes améres.”

I think you have to pay for love with bitter tears.

57. “Il y a des silences qui en dissent long comme il y a des paroles qui ne signifient.”

There are silences that speak volumes, just as there are words that don’t have significance.

Blaise Pascal Love Quotes

Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, philosopher and writer, known as one of the greatest French thinkers of 17th Century France.

58. “Le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît pas.”

The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.

59. “Dans une grande âme, tout est grand.”

In a great soul, everything is great.

Honoré de Balzac Quotes

Honoré de Balzac was a French novelist and playwright who produced a vast number of novels and short stories.

60. “L’amour est comme le vent, nous ne savons pas d’où il vient.” 

Love is like the wind; we never know where it will come from.

61. “Parler d’amour, c’est faire l’amour.”

To speak of love, is to make love

62. “L’amour est la poésie des sens.”

Love is the poetry of the senses.

63. “L’amour est un jeu dans lequel on trompe toujours les français.”

Love is a game in which one always cheats

Paul Valéry Quotes

A French poet, essayist, and philosopher, born in 1871.

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64. “Un homme seul est toujours en mauvaise compagnie.” 

A lone man is always in poor company.

65. “L’amour c’est être stupide ensemble.”

Love is being stupid together.

66. “Un homme seul est toujours en mauvaise compagnie.”

A lone man is always in poor company.

67. “L’amour c’est comme le guerre facile á démarrer, difficile á finir… et impossible á oublier.”

Love is like war, easy to start, difficult to finish… and impossible to forget.

68. “Distance signifie si peu quand quelqu’un signifie beaucoup.”

Distance means so little when someone means a lot.

Marcel Proust Quotes

Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust was a French novelist, who curated a number of power sayings in French about love.

69. “On n’aime que ce qu’on ne possède pas tout entier.”

We love only what we do not wholly possess.

70. “Le désir fleuret, la possession flétrit toutes choses.”

Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade.”

71. “Le désir de vivre renaît en nous chaque fois que nous prenons de nouveau conscience de la beauté et du bonheur.”

The desire to live is reborn in us every time we become aware of beauty and happiness again.

72. “Le souvenir d’une certaine image n’est que le regret d’un certain instant.”

The memory of a certain image is only regret for a certain moment.

Victor Hugo Quotes

One of the best known French writers, Victor Hugo contributed to the French Romantic movement.

73. “La vie est une fleur dont l’amour est le miel.”

Life is a flower of which love is the honey.

74. “Vous voulez la paix : créez l’amour.

You want peace : create love.

75. “Aimer, c’est vivre: aimer, c’est voir; aimer, c’est être.”

To love is to live: to love is to see; to love is to be.

French Phrases

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76. “Je suis folle/fou de toi.”

I’m mad/crazy about you.

77. “Il y a une place dans mon cœur réservée pour toi.”

There is a place in my heart (reserved) for you.

78. “Je pense, donc je suis.”

I think therefore I am.

79. “Le temps de l’amour.”

The time of love.

80. “Trouve celle que tu aimes et serra-la fort.”

Find the one you love and hold her tight. 

81. “Je t’ai dans la peau.”

I’ve got you under my skin.

The literal translation –  “I have you under my skin”! 

82. “Qui vivra verra.”

Time will tell.

83. “Vouloir c’est pouvoir.”

To want is to be able.

84. “J’ai un faible pour toi.” 

I’ve got a weak spot for you.

The literal translation of Un faible is  “a weak spot” or “weakness.”

85. “C’est d’aimer et d’être aimée.”

To love and to be loved.

86. “Tu me complètes.” 

You complete me.

87. “Tu me combles.”

You fulfil me.

88. “Est cela l’amour.”

This is love.

89. “Je ne peux pas vivre sans toi.”

I can’t live without you.

90. “Aprés la pluie, le beau temps.”

After the rain comes the sunshine. 

91. “Je suis tombé/e amoureux/amoureuse de toi.”

I’ve fallen in love with you.

92. “J’ai le béguin pour toi.” 

I’ve got a crush on you/I have a thing for you.

93. “Un soupçon d’amour.”

A Hint of Love.

We hope you have enjoyed reading these beautiful quotes and sayings in French, as much as we enjoyed writing them!

And why not share some of your favorites, with the special someone in your life?

If you are looking for more ways to woo your beloved, please take a look at our blog post 230 Words of Love for your Husband’.