100+ Best France Quotes and France Instagram Captions

Recently visited France or planning to visit France soon? Maybe you are looking for some inspiration and the best France quotes? Or maybe you have a lot of photos & videos for social media and need unique France Instagram captions? I got you covered.

France is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. This country is famous for exquisite cuisine, rich history, endless museums, unique art pieces, epic coastline views in the south, the Champagne region, more than 45,000 castles, and so much more.

That is why I have prepared more than 100 best France quotes for the most inspirational captions.

In this article, you will find different varieties of France quotes. Some of the best quotes of all time, famous French proverbs, unique Instagram captions, or something easy-going and fun.

No matter if you are planning to travel to France or you live in France already, you will find some of the best France quotes in this post, so keep on reading!

Best France Quotes

Best France Quotes
Best France Quotes

“Paris, hours in the café, a certain spirit of rebellion, one side a bit too stubborn, the sea, the true, in Bretagne, the walking in Provence, the taste, the passion for literature, the libraries, the beautiful editions, remaking the world in a set of hours around a table and a bottle of wine. Talking without really saying anything, just for the pleasure of talking. The museums, the theatres, the elegance, the delicacy, the heritage of the Illustration, a humanistic philosophy. The balance we got between a nordic rigor and a Latin savoir-vivre, the insolence and the freedom.” — Clemence Poesy

“France is beautiful. I stood at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower today and looked up at it. There are very few times in my life I’ve felt so small.” — Leisa Rayven

“In France, everything happens, especially the impossible.” — Philippe Benoit

“France has the only two things towards which we drift as we grow older – intelligence and manners.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The French air cleans up the brain and does good – a world of good.” — Vincent Van Gogh

“It is true that in France, women put on fewer things. If they have a necklace, they don’t put on earrings; if they have nail polish, they don’t put on all their rings and all their bracelets. “ — Ines de La Fressange

“I love the French language… it’s a delightful language, especially to curse with. It’s like whopping your ass with silk.” — Oscar Wilde

“In France, they call the beauty of youth ‘the evil beauty.’ You don’t have it because of you but because you’re born with it. The other kind of beauty is your own work, and it takes forever.” — Monica Bellucci

“The Seine. I have painted it all my life, at all hours of the day, at all times of the year, from Paris to the sea…Argenteuil, Poissy, Vétheuil, Giverny, Rouen, Le Havre.” — Claude Monet

“France is to me the heroine in the romance of all the nations of all time.” – William Arthur Sirmo

Unique France captions for Instagram

Unique France captions for Instagram
Unique France captions for Instagram

I always say ”morning” instead of ”good morning”. If it was a good morning, I would be on a yacht in Saint-Tropez.

Je regrette rien.

France, I’ve missed you indeed.

Lunch with a glass of Rosé, anyone?

Because it’s not fair to visit France and not show off all this immense beauty.

If you’ve not been to France, you’ve not been anywhere!

Here for the views and croissants.

In France, where there is more bread and wine than people.

Would you rather spend your summer in France or in France? France all the way!

“Now nothing is real except French wine.” — Conrad Kent Rivers

Funny quotes about France

Funny quotes about France
Funny quotes about France

“I like Frenchmen very much, because even when they insult you they do it so nicely.” — Josephine Baker

“Here is everything I know about France: Madeline and Amélie and Moulin Rouge.” – Stephanie Perkins

“France has neither winter nor summer nor morals—apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country.” — Mark Twain

“Other countries drink to get drunk, and this is accepted by everyone; in France, drunkenness is a consequence, never an intention. A drink is felt as the spinning out of a pleasure, not as the necessary cause of an effect which is sought: wine is not only a philtre, it is also the leisurely act of drinking.“ — Roland Barthes

“In France you cannot not have lunch. If you stopped the French from having lunch, you will have a second revolution, I can tell you this. Not going to work – it is part of the French privilege.” — Christian Louboutin

“Luck is like the Tour de France. You wait, and it flashes past you.” — Raymond Dufayel

“Here the films are categorized by genre: comedy or drama. In France, on the other hand, there is an indefinable genre that I prefer, and which lies between the two extremes: Coeurs by Resnais, for example, is a melancholy but also very funny film.” — Laura Morante

“The French would be the happiest people on earth if vanity did not disturb their happiness.” —Emil Cioran

“France without Paris is like a leg of meat without mustard.” — Pierre Perret

“Never question the courage of the French. It was they who discovered that snails are edible.” — Doug Larson

“What is Paradise like? There is the best of everything: delicious food, high-class wines, a very sweet climate and a superb view from all cardinal points. A bit like France, but without the French.” — Jeremy Pascall

Quotes about Paris

Quotes about Paris
Quotes about Paris

“Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn

“I had forgotten how gently time passes in Paris. As lively as the city is, there’s a stillness to it, a peace that lures in you. In Paris, with a glass of wine in your hand, you can just be.” — Kristin Hannah

“People wonder why so many writers come to live in Paris. I’ve been living ten years in Paris and the answer seems simple to me: because it’s the best place to pick ideas. Just like Italy, Spain.. Or Iran are the best places to pick saffron. If you want to pick opium poppies you go to Burma or South-East Asia. And if you want to pick novel ideas, you go to Paris.” – Roman Payne

“What an immense impression Paris made upon me. It is the most extraordinary place in the world!” — Charles Dickens

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.” — Thomas Jefferson

“God invented Parisians so foreigners wouldn’t understand anything about French people.” — Alexandre Dumas 

“Everyone dreams of living in Paris.” — Natalie Portman

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” — Ernest Hemingway

“Paris is the only city where you can step out of a railway station — and see, the Seine with its bridges and bookstalls, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Tuileries gardens, the Place de la Concorde, the beginning of the Champs Elysees — what other city offers as much as you leave a train?“ — Margaret Anderson

“Everyone in Paris would like to be actors and no spectators.” — Jean Cocteau

Short quotes about France

Short quotes about France
Short quotes about France

“French is the language that turns dirt into romance.” — Stephen King

“France is great because she is France.” — Victor Hugo

“Now nothing is real except French wine.” — Conrad Kent Rivers

“What is not clear is not French” — Antoine de Rivarol

“France, the most beautiful kingdom after that of heaven.” — Hugo Grotius 

“Because I am necessarily a man, and only accidentally am I French.” — Montesquieu

“Every man has two countries: his own and France.” — John F. Kennedy

“I want to take as the canvas for my next picture the entire surface of France.” — Yves Klein

“France cannot be France without greatness.” — Charles de Gaulle

“I like France, where everybody thinks he’s Napoleon.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Inspirational quotes about France

Inspirational quotes about France
Inspirational quotes about France

“In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.” — Julia Child

“France is the most civilized country in the world and doesn’t care who knows it.” — John Gunther

“The flavors melted in my mouth- warm chocolate and melted butter and the flaky sweet crust. This was what I loved about France. A keen appreciation for the simplicity and sweetness of life. The French seemed to savor their minutes along with their food.” — Melanie Dobson

“I just love France, I love French people, I love the French language, I love French food. I love their mentality. I just feel like it’s me. I’m very French.” — Olga Kurylenko

“Throughout my life I have always had a certain idea of France: an idea equally nourished by sentiment and reason. The part of me that is affective sensibility naturally imagines France as the princess of fairy tales, the Madonna of the murals, devoted to a lofty and extraordinary destiny. Instinctively I feel that Providence created it for accomplished successes or exemplary misfortunes.” — Charles de Gaulle

“The revolution in England was made solely with a view to freedom, while that of France was made primarily with a view to equality.” — Alexis de Tocqueville

“Once France has spoken a revolution can no longer even be attempted.” — Léon Gambetta

“All men born and domiciled in France are members of that political society which we call the French nation; that is, they are French citizens. They are so by the nature of things and by the first principles of the law of nations. The rights connected to that title depend neither on the fortune that each of them possesses, nor on the amount of tax to which it is subject, since it is certainly not the tax that makes us citizens; the quality of citizens only obliges us to contribute to the common expenditure of the state according to our possibilities. Now, you can give laws to your citizens: but you cannot annihilate them.” — Maximilien Robespierre

“In France, they call the beauty of youth ‘the evil beauty.’ You don’t have it because of you but because you’re born with it. The other kind of beauty is your own work, and it takes forever.” — Monica Bellucci

“If it were not for the government, we should have nothing to laugh at in France.” — Nicolas Chamfort

Travel quotes about France

Travel quotes about France
Travel quotes about France

.“You should definitely visit the Louvre, a world-famous art museum where you can view, at close range, the backs of thousands of other tourists trying to see the Mona Lisa.” — Dave Barry

“God, it’s good to be eating in France again.” — Jack Iams

“The easy glamour of the French Riviera in the 1960s – inspired by Rome Schneider’s character in La Piscine – mixed with garden elements. Blueprint, botanical, lattice, Queen Anne’s lace and folly prints are paired with cleaner silhouettes and proportions in a fresh palette of green, white, and coral.” — Tony Burch

“If you could have walked on the planet before humans lived here, maybe the Ivory Coast would have seemed more beautiful than La Côte d’Azur.” — Dejan Stojanovic

“The whole future of art is to be found in the South of France. In fact, if you’re of the creative persuasion, the South of France is the only place to go on holidays as the pace of life will let you relax to the max and the sight of it will both heal your soul and inspire your work.” — Vincent Van Gogh

“Saint-Tropez has a face glow that is amazing – you can put it on without makeup, and your skin just glows” — Chrissy Teigen

“I wanted to play piano in restaurants in the south of France. I went there on holiday once and I saw this guy playing in an old tuxedo. He was all disheveled, with a whisky glass on the piano. I thought that was the coolest thing. So what’s happened to me with ‘Twilight’ isn’t really what I’d planned.”  — Robert Pattinson

“If you love food and you love red wine and they put you in France, you’re in a good place and you’re in a bad place at the same time. You have to weigh yourself every day, and you have to have an alarm number. When you get to that number, you have to start putting it in reverse.” —Salma Hayek

“I love France. It’s got the sun down at the bottom, the Alps for skiing, and all that wine and food.” — Paul Hollywood

“It’s really a drag to sit around when you’re old, and think, ‘Ah, gee, I never went to France.’ Go to France. Life is very short; you’ve got to pack it all in there.” — Grace Slick

Quotes about French

Quotes about French
Quotes about French

“I hate France. It’s like the whole country’s on a diet.” — Gordon Korman

“In Paris, they simply stared when I spoke to them in French, I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language.” — Mark Twain

“France is a paradise inhabited by people who believe they are in hell.” — Sylvain Tesson

“In England, football is a religion. In France, football is not a religion. It’s wine and food.” — Robert Pires

“Every year there’s a jury at the Cannes Film Festival. Getting on the jury is very competitive in France. Not because the French love cinema, but because they love to judge.” — Craig Ferguson

“France has a clear and defined policy… the French know what they want.” — Anton Chekov

“When dealing with a Frenchman, you need to be aware that there is a voice in his head. It is consistently telling him “I’m French, I’m right.” — Stephen Clarke

“I cannot prevent the French from being French.” — Charles de Gaulle

“In France there is the citoyenneté which is belonging to the nation, a sense of collectivity, of rights and duties. It is no different from respect for the laws and for the public affairs that one breathes, or at least one breathed, in Emilia or in Tuscany. My parents didn’t need to teach me that taxes are paid. It was implicit in their being communist citizens and militants.” — Stefano Accorsi

“I do not believe there is another city on earth so beautiful as Paris nor another people with such an appreciation of the beautiful as the French…” — Edward Hopper

Famous French Proverbs

Famous French Proverbs
Famous French Proverbs

“You need to break the shell to have the almond.”

“You should never say, ‘Fountain, I will never drink your water!’” 

“When the wine is drawn, one must drink it.” 

“Little by little, the bird makes its nest.” 

“Do well and let (them) speak.”

“Everyone sees noon at his doorstep.”

“Who runs after two hares at the same time, catches none.”

“Who does not move forward, recedes.”

“When one doesn’t have the things that one loves, one must love what one has.”

“You don’t teach an old monkey how to make funny faces.”

Short quotes by a famous French

Short quotes by a famous French
Short quotes by a famous French

“When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself.” — Charles de Gaulle

“How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” — Charles de Gaulle

“The wine I produce is not for keeping. It’s the wine you want when meeting friends for a game of cards” — Gerard Depardieu 

“I have learnt a lot about my body since my heart attack. I don’t drink as much now as before” — Gerard Depardieu 

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” — Voltaire

“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” — Voltaire

“One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters…But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.” ― Charles Baudelaire

“The only possible revolution is to try to improve yourself, hoping that others will do the same. The world will be better then.” ― George Brassens

“A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.” ― Brigitte Bardot

“They may call me a sinner, but I am at peace with myself.” ― Brigitte Bardot

In conclusion…


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  1. I loved reading these best quites about France! There is always a place or a reason to visit this beautiful countru! The quotes by Gerard Depardieu are my favorites

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