Insults and Insulting Quotes about France
How can one conceive of a one party system in a country that has over 200 varieties of cheeses ?
Charles de Gaulle
A small acquaintance with history shows that all governments are selfish, and the French governments more selfish than most
France was long a despotism tempered by epigrams
It took no more effort than casting a Frenchman into Hell
Attila, the scourge of God, the French, his brothers
France is a country where the money falls apart in your hands and you can tear the toilet paper
The French write other than they speak, and speak other than they mean
The friendship of the French is like their wine, exquisite, but of short duration
Paris is like a whore, from a distance she seems ravishing, you can't wait until you have her in your arms. Five minutes later you feel empty, disgusted with yourself. You feel tricked.
May the French ulcer love you and the Lord hate you.
France was a long despotism tempered by epigrams.
Thomas Carlyle, Scottish historian and essayist, History of the French Revolution, 1837
They are a short, blue-vested people who carry their own onions when cycling abroad, and have a yard which is 3.37 inches longer than other people's.
Alan Coren, British humorist
He lies like a French bulletin.
The Emperor of Germany is the King of Kings; the King of Spain, King of Men; the King of France, King of Asses; the King of England, King of Devils.
French saying current during the reign of Emperor Charles V
When the Frenchman sleeps, the devil rocks him.
He is like the Gascon; he has but one vice; he is too brave.
Only a dog or a Frenchman walks after he has eaten.
To speak French means not to have any sense.
French colonial saying
French pox and a leather vest wear for life.
The French write other than they speak, and speak other than they mean.
The friendship of the French is like their wine, exquisite but of short duration.
They [the French] do everything; they know nothing.
The French don't say what they mean; don't read as they write, and don't sing according to the notes.
Have the Frenchman for thy friend; not for thy neighbour. Nicephorus I, Byzantine emperor
The ignorance of French society gives one a rough sense of the infinite.
Joseph E. Renan, French philologist, religious writer and historian
A fighting Frenchman runs away from even a she-goat.
The Frenchman's legs are thin, his soul little; he's fickle as the wind.
The Englishman is a tippler, the Frenchman is a cur, the Dutchman is a peasant.
The Italians are wise before the act, the Germans in the act, the French after the act.
France is a dog-hole.
William Shakespeare, English playwright and poet, All's Well That Ends Well, c.1603
PAUL BOURGET: Life can never be entirely dull to an American. When he has nothing else to do he can always spend a few years trying to discover who his grandfather was.
TWAIN: Right, your Excellency. But I reckon a Frenchman's got a little standby for a dull time too; he can turn in and see if he can find out who his father was.
Mark Twain, US writer
I do not dislike the French from the vulgar antipathy between neighbouring nations, but for their insolent and unfounded airs of superiority.
Horace Walpole, British letter-writer and memoirist