Je suis autant Chinois que Fran c° ais. I am as much Chinese as French.Gustave Flaubert: 1846 Letter to Mme Louise Colet, 8 Aug.
As the French say, there are three sexesmen, women, and clergymen.Rev Sydney Smith: Quoted in Lady Holland Memoir (1855), vol.1, ch.9.
Into the face of the young manhad crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty, hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French.Plum: 1935 The Luck of the Bodkins, ch.1.
The French are a logical people, which is one reason the English dislike them so intensely. The other is that they own France, a country which we have always judged to be much too good for them.Robert Morley: 1974 A Musing Morley,'France and the French'.
The French are nice people. I allow them to sing and to write, and they allow me to do whatever I like.Attributed by the Duchess of Orle ans in a letter dated 25 Oct 1715.
The French are polite, but it is often mere ceremonious politeness. A Russian imbues his polite things with a heartiness that compels belief in their sincerity.Mark pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens Twain: 1869 The Innocents Abroad.
The French are wiser than they seem, and the Spaniards seem wiser than theyare.Bacon, Francis,Viscount St Albans: 1625 Essays, no.26,'Of Seeming Wise'.
Avery unique cata French Canadian Hinayana Buddhist Beat Catholic savant.Allen Ginsberg: 1970 Of Jack Kerouac. This Fabulous Century1950-1960.
The things people had once held against her unconventional beautyun-American elegance, the taste for French clothes and French foodwere suddenly no longer liabilities but assets.Schlesinger, Arthur M(eier),Jr: 1965 OnJacqueline Kennedy's post-election image. AThousand Days.
The language of the age is never the language of poetry, except among the French, whose verse, where the thought or image does not support it, differs in nothing from prose.thomas gray: 1742 Letter to Richard West, 8 Apr. Collected in H W Starr (ed) Correspondence of Thomas Gray (1971).
The Frenchhad a moremartial air thanthe English.There seemed to be a species of military instinct in all classes. No young man appeared to have finished his education till after a bloody campaign They were at this singular period, without the least exaggeration, a century behind us in notions of legal and moral responsibility.Autobiography (published1847).
La langue fran c° aise n'est point fixe e et ne se fixera point. French is not a static language and will never become static.Victor Marie Hugo: 1827 Cromwell, pre face.
I started off in films as a kinga French king, admittedly, but nevertheless a king in MarieAntoinetteand stayed in that sort of income bracket.Robert Morley: Quoted in The Best of Robert Morley (1981).
An unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English speaking audiences.Edith Newbold ne e Jones Wharton: 1920 TheAge of Innocence, bk.1, ch.1.
A spectre is haunting Europethe spectre of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holyalliance to exorcise this spectre; Pope and Tsar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police spies.Karl Heinrich Marx: 1848 The Communist Manifesto (with Friedrich Engels, translated by Samuel Moore,1888).
The French Revolution is merely the herald of a far greaterand much more solemn revolution, whichwill be the last The hour has come for founding the Republic of equalsthat great refuge open to every man.Conjuration des EŁ gaux.
Ful weel she soong the service dyvyne, Entuned in hir nose ful semely, And Frenssh she spak ful faire and fetisly, After the scole of Stratford atte Bowe, For Frenssh of Parys was to hire unknowe.Geoffrey Chaucer: 1387 Canterbury Tales,'General Prologue', l.122-6.
The Frenchwant to attack, the Americans want to bomb, and the British want to have another meeting.1995 US diplomat commenting on the war in Bosnia. Quoted by William Safire in the NewYork Times, 27 Jul.
The French will only be united under the threat of danger. How else can one govern a country that produces 246 different types of cheese?charles de gaulle: 1951 Speech. Quoted in Les Mots du Ge ne ral (1962).
Oh, the Germans classify, but the French arrange.Willa Sibert Cather: 1927 Death Comes to the Archbishop, prologue.
You get all the French-fries the President can't get to.Gore, Al(bert,Jr): 1994 On being Vice-President. In the NewYork Times, 8 Apr.
Bouillabaisse is only good because cooked by the French, who, if they cared to try, could produce an excellent and nutritious substitute out of cigar stumps and empty matchboxes.(George) Norman Douglas: 1911Siren Land,'Rain on the Hills'.
You are ordered abroad as a soldier of the King to help our French comrades against the invasion of a common enemy In this new experience you may find temptations both in wine and women.You must entirely resist both temptations, and while treating all women with perfect courtesy, you should avoid any intimacy.Do your duty bravely. Fear God. Honour the King.1st Earl Herbert: 1914 Message to the soldiers of the British Expeditionary Force, reported in The Times,19 Aug.
Imagine the Lord talking French! Aside from a few odd wordsin Hebrew,Itook it forgrantedthat God had never spoken anything but the most dignified English.Clarence Shepard Day: 1935 Life With Father,'Father interferes'.
Weep not for little Le onie Abducted by a French Marquis! Though loss of honour was a wrench Just think how it's improved her French.Harry Graham: 1930 More Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes,'Compensation'.