“Rien n’est plus beau qu’un corps nu. Le plus beau vêtement qui puisse habiller une femme ce sont les bras de l’homme qu’elle aime. Mais, pour celles qui n’ont pas eu la chance de trouver ce bonheur, je suis là.”
“Nothing is more beautiful than a naked body. The most beautiful clothing in which a woman can dress is the arms of the man who loves her. But for those who haven’t had the chance of finding that happiness, I am there.”
Yves Saint Laurent
I came across this in the French and thought it was a rather nice little quote. Also, in one month’s time I move my life to France for a little while, better get practicing my translation!
“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”
In September this year, I head off to France for 9 months to study at the Université Catholique de L’Ouest in Angers. It is going to be an amazing opportunity for me; I should come back fluent in French and equipped with many life skills. But. I’m going to admit here that I am absolutely terrified. I have always been a girl who loves home, comfort and especially the people who make my surroundings the home I consider it to be. Moving away from everybody is going to be a massive step for me but I take comfort in knowing that France is a hop, skip and a jump over the channel and also in that I have obliged all of my loved ones to visit me haha! I think I take a bit of solace in this quote too; knowing that I can take these things and people along with me, no matter how far, because distance does not affect bonds and relationships. (*cringes a little at soppiness*)
“Belle Marquise, vos beaux yeux me font mourir d’amour.”
” Lovely Marquise, your beautiful eyes make me die of love.”
Molière, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
This is a little quote that came up again in a French class at uni and it reminded me of when I studied some Molière back in sixth form. This particular scene in the film is pretty funny; it made feel pretty nostalgic.
“I love him but every day I’m learning, all my life I’ve only been pretending. Without me his world would go on turning, a world that’s full of happiness that I have never known. I love him but only on my own.”
On My Own, Les Miserables (Eponine)
I went to watch Les Mis tonight with my family and I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from it but my word was it epic (in the proper sense of the word). So much emotion and story and the music was fantastic. Well worth the watch; I think I am going to try and read Victor Hugo’s book – perhaps in English and I’ll wait a year or two before I try to tackle the French!
“Once bitten, twice shy.”
This phrase isn’t technically a quote but has always intrigued me. Although I’ve heard it said and generally knew what it meant I always felt a bit unsure of using the phrase. I was doing some research for a bit of French homework and I came across the equivalent: “chat échaudé craint l’eau froide.” It is with this that I gained some clarity into the phrase. It literally translates as ‘a scalded cat fears cold water’. Have you ever felt so hurt or afraid by something that you fear that the solution will just be more painful? Then I guess there are things you can’t bear to do again because of the amount of upset it may bring you: once bitten, twice shy.
“If you speak to a man in a language he understands it goes to his head; if you talk to him in his language, it goes to his heart.”
I actually quoted this in my personal statement for my university application, which I came across today, and it reminded me why I’m doing what I’m doing. Languages are very powerful, allowing communication, expression, emotion, care and structure – from running a government to international relations, to relationships. I love that by learning new words, grammar, idioms and expressions, I can convey so much to so many people. Just the other day, I spent 20 minutes speaking German on the phone and managed to book some train tickets, as well as have a laugh and a joke with the German man on the other end!
“The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is keeping them ignorant.”
It is French National Day today, Bastille Day, and this quote comes from a French author who participated in the revolution. How true it is too!