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Best Quotes about France

France is a beautiful country with so many different things to experience It’s not just the people, the food or even the language that make it so beautiful; France has some of the most breathtaking landscapes in all of Europe. Not surprisingly France is the most visited country in the world

But what about quotes? What do others have to say about this wonderful nation?

Quotes about France
France Quotes

Here are the best quotes about France from around the world that will inspire you and make you want to pack your bags to take a trip to France.

Best Quotes about Paris

Paris is a popular tourist destination and one of the most visited cities in the world. Almost 19 million people visit Paris every year.

Paris has so much to offer, from its culture – Louvre is the largest museum in the world, french food and history to its amazing landmarks including the Eiffel Tower.

The city is also a favourite for writers when you there you should check one of the best bookshops in the world the Shakespeare and Company.

. Enough of me waffling let’s read what others have to say about France, Paris

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“Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn

“America is my country and Paris is my hometown.” – Gertrude Stein 

We’ll always have Paris” Howard Koch

Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant.” – Honoré de Balzac

“An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

 “Secrets travel fast in Paris.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

 “Paris is not a city, it’s a world” – French King Francois I

“When good Americans die, they go to Paris.” – Oscar Wilde 

“To know Paris is to know a great deal” – Henry Miller

 “She wanted to die, but she also wanted to live in Paris.” – Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

 “London is a riddle, Paris is an explanation.” – G.K. Chesterton

“To err is human. To loaf is Parisian.” – Victor Hugo

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Quotes About Paris

“Paris is the greatest temple ever built to material joys and the lust of the eyes.” – Henry James 

 “You can’t escape the past in Paris, and yet what’s so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn’t seem to burden.” – Allen Ginsberg

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

“Paris is the most beautiful city in the world. It brings tears to your eyes.”- Lee Radziwill

A walk in Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and the point of life.” – Thomas Jefferson 

“In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language.” – Mark Twain 

“Here is everything I know about France: Madeline and Amélie and Moulin Rouge.” – Stephanie Perkins

That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me. – Adrianna in Midnight in Paris – one of the best movies about France

“Cities have gender: London is a man, Paris is a woman, and New York City a well-adjusted transsexual.” – Angela Carter

“I do not believe there is another city on earth so beautiful as Paris nor another people with such an appreciation of the beautiful as the French…” – Edward Hopper

“He who contemplates the depth of Paris is seized with vertigo. Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic. Nothing is more sublime.” – Victor Hugo

“There is but one Paris and however hard living may be here, and if it became worse and harder even—the French air cleans up the brain and does good—a world of good.” ― Vincent Van Gogh

“The Seine. I have painted it all my life, at all hours of the day, at all times of the year, from Paris to the sea…Argenteuil, Poissy, Vétheuil, Giverny, Rouen, Le Havre.” – Claude Monet

Writers best quotes about France

“People wonder why so many writers come to live in Paris. I’ve been living ten years in Paris and the answer seems simple to me: because it’s the best place to pick ideas. Just like Italy, Spain.. or Iran are the best places to pick saffron. If you want to pick opium poppies you go to Burma or South-East Asia. And if you want to pick novel ideas, you go to Paris.”― Roman Payne, Crepuscule

“French people speak quickly but act slowly.” – Voltaire 

“Boy, those French! They have a different word for everything.”― Steve Martin

“France has the only two things towards which we drift as we grow older – intelligence and manners.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

“France is to me the heroine in the romance of all the nations of all time.” – Lt. William Arthur Sirmon

“If the bible had been written by a Frenchman, there would have been a lot more recipes” – Stephen Clarke in Talk to the snail

“The French are geniuses at being polite while simultaneously insulting you.” – Stephen Clarke in Talk to the snail

“When dealing with a Frenchman, you need to be aware that there is a voice in his head. It is consistently telling him “I’m French, I’m right.” – Stephen Clarke in Talk to the snail

“I like France, where everybody thinks he’s Napoleon–down here everybody thinks he’s Christ.”― F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night

“Everyone remembers their first taste of Paris. This will be his.” – Kristin Hannah 

“Paris is a place where, for me, just walking down a street that I’ve never been down before is like going to a movie or something. Just wandering the city is entertainment.” – Wes Anderson

“I know of no other place that is so fascinating yet so frustrating, so aware of the world and its own place within it but at the same time utterly insular. A country touched by nostalgia, with a past so great – so marked by brilliance and achievement – that French people today seem both enriched and burdened by it. France is like a maddening, moody lover who inspires emotional highs and lows. One minute it fills you with a rush of passion, the next you’re full of fury, itching to smack the mouth of some sneering shopkeeper or smug civil servant. Yes, it’s a love-hate relationship.” ― Sarah Turnbull, Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris

Everything ends this way in France — everything. Weddings, christenings, duels, burials, swindlings, diplomatic affairs — everything is a pretext for a good dinner. – Jean Anouilh

“You should definitely visit the Louvre, a world-famous art museum where you can view, at close range, the backs of thousands of other tourists trying to see the Mona Lisa.” – Dave Barry 

“I’d love to be a tabletop in Paris, where food is art and life combined in one, where people gather and talk for hours. I want lovers to meet over me. I’d want to be covered in drops of candle wax and breadcrumbs and rings from the bottom of wineglasses. I would never be lonely, and I would always serve a good purpose.” – Maureen Johnson

French Quotes about French food and French Wine

France needs its food and wine more than we need oxygen, water or even coffee. French food from the simple croissant to the power-fueling roast duck with potatoes is the most delicious thing. Not surprising that there are so many quotes about French Food.

Even Wine choose French as their own country!

Everything ends this way in France – everything. Weddings, christenings, duels, burials, swindlings, diplomatic affairs – everything is a pretext for a good dinner. – Jean Anouilh 

God, it’s good to be eating in France again.” – Jack Iams

 “In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.” – Julia Child 

“I still feel that French cooking is the most important in the world, one of the few that has rules. If you follow the rules, you can do pretty well.”- Julia Child

“In France you cannot not have lunch. If you stopped the French from having lunch, you will have a second revolution, I can tell you this. Not going to work – it is part of the French privilege.” – Christian Louboutin 

 “Other countries drink to get drunk, and this is accepted by everyone; in France, drunkenness is a consequence, never an intention. A drink is felt as the spinning out of a pleasure, not as the necessary cause of an effect which is sought: wine is not only a philtre, it is also the leisurely act of drinking.” Roland Barthes

“I had come to the conclusion that I must really be French, only no one had ever informed me of this fact. I loved the people, the food, the lay of the land, the civilized atmosphere, and the generous pace of life.” -Julia Child

Quotes About French Riviera

“Yes, sir, there are things to see and do on the French Riviera without spending money.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Glory Road

“On the pleasant shore of the French Riviera, about had way between Marseilles and the Italian border, stands a large, proud, rose-colored hotel” – F. Scott. Fitzgerald 

“The Mediterranean is in my DNA. I’m fine inland for about a week, but then I yearn for a limitless view of the sea, for the colours and smells of the Italian and French Riviera.” -Alain Ducasse

You were never told that Saint-Tropez is paradise? – Karl Lagerfeld

 “I wanted to play piano in restaurants in the south of France. I went there on holiday once and I saw this guy playing in an old tuxedo. He was all dishevelled, with a whisky glass on the piano. I thought that was the coolest thing. So what’s happened to me with ‘Twilight’ isn’t really what I’d planned.” – Robert Pattinson

Politician Quotes about France

“How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties  of cheese?” – Charles de Gaulle

“Thomas Jefferson asked himself “In what country on earth would you rather live ” He first answered “Certainly in my own where are all my friends my relations and the earliest and sweetest affections and recollections of my life.” But he continued “which would be your second choice ” His answer “France.” ― Thomas Jefferson

“The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardner objected that the tree was slow growing and wouldn’t reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, “In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!” ― John F. Kennedy

“Every man has two countries: his own and France.” – John F. Kennedy

I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it. – John F. Kennedy

“A walk in Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and the point of life.” – Thomas Jefferson

“France is the most civilized country in the world and doesn’t care who knows it.”- John Gunther

France Quotes

” I like Frenchmen very much, because even when they insult you they do it so nicely” – Josephine Baker

“One mustn’t ask apple trees for oranges, France for sun, women for love, life for happiness. ” – Gustave Flaubert

“I wanted to get far away from those who believed in cruelty, so then I went to France, a land of true freedom, democracy, equality and fraternity.” – Josephine Baker “

English people don’t have very good diction. In France, you have to pronounce very particularly and clearly, and learning French at an early age helped me enormously – Vivien Leigh

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Ania James

photographer, traveller, mother of twin girls, wife, worldschooler, rulebreaker

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