Whether philosophising about food or fashion, love or life, the French have a particularly stylish way with words. These quotes are some of my favourite mantras and musings, and have got me through countless trying times. Feel free to make them your own, too. Gallic accent optional.


‘I accept the great adventure of being me.’

Simone de Beauvoir (above)


‘If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company.’

Jean-Paul Sartre


‘I have chosen to be happy, it’s good for my health.’



‘It’s the time you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important.’

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


‘Just because life isn’t elegant doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be.’

Françoise Sagan


‘Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are.’

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin


‘If the path be beautiful let us not ask where it leads.’

Anatole France


‘In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.’

Albert Camus


‘The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.’

Paul Valéry


‘Later it will be too late. Our life is now.’

Jacques Prévert


‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.’

Marcel Proust


‘Whatever causes night in our souls may leave stars.’

Victor Hugo


‘There are flowers everywhere for those who really want to see them.’

Henri Matisse


‘If life is nothing more than a passage, let’s at least sow flowers along it.’

Michel de Montaigne


‘Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.’

Coco Chanel


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