|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
| La France est une monarchie absolue, tempérée par des chansons.|
France is an absolute monarchy, tempered by ballads.
Quoted by Chamfort.
|The Frenchman, easy, debonair, and brisk,|
Give him his lass, his fiddle, and his frisk,
Is always happy, reign whoever may,
And laughs the sense of misry far away.
CowperTable Talk. L. 237.
| I hate the French because they are all slaves and wear wooden shoes.|
GoldsmithEssays. 24. (Ed. 1765). Appeared in the British Magazine, June, 1760. Also in Essay on the History of a Disabled Soldier. DoveEnglish Classics.
|Gay, sprightly, land of mirth and social ease|
Pleased with thyself, whom all the world can please.
GoldsmithThe Traveller. L. 241. (Of France.)
|Adieu, plaisant pays de France!|
O, ma patrie
La plus cherie,
Qui a nourrie ma jeune enfance!
Adieu, Franceadieu, mes beaux jours.
Adieu, delightful land of France! O my country so dear, which nourished my infancy! Adieu Franceadieu my beautiful days!
Lines attributed to Mary Queen of Scots, but a forgery of De Querlon.
|Yet, who can help loving the land that has taught us|
Six hundred and eighty-five ways to dress eggs?
MooreFudge Family. 8.
|Have the French for friends, but not for neighbors.|
Emperor Nicephorus (803) while treating with ambassadors of Charlemagne.
|On connoit en France 685 manières differentes daccommoder les ufs.|
One knows in France 685 different ways of preparing eggs.
De la Reynière.
|Ye sons of France, awake to glory!|
Hark! Hark! what myriads bid you rise!
Your children, wives, and grandsires hoary,
Behold their tears and hear their cries!
Rouget de LisleThe Marseilles Hymn. (1792).
|Une natione de singes à larynx de parroquets.|
A nation of monkeys with the throat of parrots.
SiéyesNote to Mirabeau. (Of France.)