The relationship between France and the United States has often been strained, with one side often criticizing the other over perceived cultural deprivation. In recent history, certain popular elements in the United States have taken to labeling France as a nation of wimps as a result of France not backing the US-led invasion of Iraq. France, in turn, has accused the United States of being aggressive and arrogant. However, a quick read of some of the most well-known French quotes will show that France and the US actually have many similarities in thought and view things the same way. Here is a sampling: you be the judge.

Renard (French) has been quoted:
"La vérité vaut bien qu'on passe quelques années sans la trouver."
This is translated into English as "Truth is more valuable if it takes you a few years to find it." Although we do not have the exact equivalent in English, we do have the idea that if something comes too easy, it's easy to take for granted.

As a mirror of what is considered the "Protestant work ethic", consider this quote from the great French writer and philosopher Voltaire: "Le travail éloigne de nous trois grands maux: l'ennui, le vice et le besoin."
In English: "Work deliveries us from three great evils: boredom, vice and want." Do not we in the United States hold similar values ​​regarding work?

And in this quote from Banville, we see what we think is the very American idea that it's good to take risks, because "nothing ventured, nothing gained."
In French, "Et ceux qui ne font rien ne se trompent jamais." The English translation is "Those who never do anything can never do anything wrong."
This quote is a good indication that the French probably place similar values ​​on getting out of one's comfort zone and just going for it, either or not you are sure of the income and even if you are scared to do so. Does not sound so wimpy to me!

And finally, in a takeoff of our glorified American who "… marches to the beat of a different drummer," Roland has been quoted as saying "Le monde appelle fous ceux qui ne sont pas fous de la folie commune." This is translated as "Mad are labeled those who do not take part in the common madness." If that's not a call for individuals to follow their hearts and do what's right, something Americans place a very high value on, I do not know what is.

You must have lots of friends. Let me tell you that having lots of friends does not matter but having true friends matters a lot. You often read lots of quotes on friendship but I would like to share some of the best friendship quotes ever.

"Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen." – Samuel Paterson
Books are know as our best friends. We always be selective when we choose books. We do not read so many books. They are few and well chosen. So while selecting friends, we should also apply the same strategy. It is really very sensitive decision.

"Friendship needs no words." – Dag Hammarskjold
The language of friendship is understanding. Friends read each other's face and expressions. You need not to express yourself with the help of words. They are your well wishers and know what you want to say.

"Friends show their love at the time of trouble." – Euripides (408 BC)
Troubles are the essentials of life. We face lots of troubles while moving forward in life. Our true friends support us and show their care while going through tough time. They walk with us.

"Two lives, two hearts join together in friendship united forever in love." -Anonymous
Friends lives together and their hearts always need each others. They think of one another and keep on adding love and care for their friendship.

"With true friends – even water drunk is sweet enough." -Chinese Proverb
There are lots of memories with friends. Each and every moment is remember able with friends. They eat and drink together and enjoy the life. Every moment is sweet enough with them.

"A good friends is cheaper than therapy." -Anonymous
Friends take good care of each others. They never let you go into any depressions. You keep on laughing with them. Many disease stay away from a smiling nature person. So you be away from doctors. So it is well said that a good friend is cheaper than therapy.

"Friendship is only cement that will ever hold the world together." -Woodrow Wilson
The world comes together with the bond of friendship. Nations behave like friends and help each other. So it is the only cement to hold the world together.

So develop your relationship of friendship to live your life better.

In the competition for Angstiest Dane, Prince Hamlet ranks way up there alongside Kierkegaard in the "off the charts" division, giving "The Tragedy of Hamlet" a reputation for being exhausting and unapproachable. Hamlet spends four of the play's five acts in an ever-deepening existential funk. And rightly so, considering the fact that a) his girlfriend will not talk to him, c) his mom has already remarried, d) his new "dad" was once his uncle, meaning mom Is bumping uglies with her own brother-in-law, e) stepdad also happens to be the guy who killed dad, and of course, the small matter of f) the court * literally * conspiring against Hamlet.

In light of these and other circumstances, the fact that the play still manages to make us laugh out loud is pretty remarkable. That is, when we do not get so caught up in the drama that we overlook the mind games, double / triple entendres, and overall absurdity of lesser-known Hamlet quotes. Moody though he may be, Hamlet is not without a sense of humor – and Shakespeare even less so.

Take, for example, the argument between King Claudius and Hamlet after Hamlet murders Polonius.

King: Now, Hamlet, where's Polonius?

(Where's the corpse, you brat?)

Hamlet: At supper.

(Would not you like to know?)

King: At supper! Where?

(Watch it, kid!)

Hamlet: Not where he eats, but where he is eaten …

(Guess how many worms he's feeding!)

King: Alas, alas!

(The guy was an idiot, but what can you do?)

Hamlet: A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.

(King becomes worm food, worm becomes fish food, fish becomes fisherman food. Ergo, fisherman chows down on royalty. Circle of life, sucker.)

King: What dost thou mean by this?


Hamlet: Nothing but to show you how a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar.

(Nuthin, just wondering if you've guessed what'll happen after you pass through a beggar's guts.)

King: Where is Polonius?

(This is your last chance.)

Hamlet: In heaven: send thither to see: if your messenger find him not there, seek him i 'the other place yourself.

(Go to hell!)

Or what about the passive-aggressive exchange between Hamlet and Ophelia during the play (within the play). Keep in mind that this all happens publicly.

Hamlet: Lady, shall I lie in your lap?

(How's about I get between your legs?)

Ophelia: No, my lord.

(No, ya d-bag.)

Hamlet: I mean, my head up your lap?

(All I wanted was to rest my head on your knees!)

Ophelia: Ay, my lord.

(Uh huh.)

Hamlet: Do you think I mean country matters?

(Psh, you thought I mean sex! Just because the first syllable of "country" happens to rhyme with …)

Ophelia: I think nothing, my lord.

(I'm not playing this game anymore.)

Hamlet: That's a fair thought to lie between maids' legs.

(Did you really just say "nothing"? Because that's slang for female genitalia.)

Ophelia: What is, my lord?

(What are you, twelve ?!)

Hamlet: Nothing.

(You heard me, sweetcheeks.)

The fact that Hamlet is ten times smarter than everyone else – not to mention pretending to be crazy so that he can say whatever he wants – makes for a truly amusing read, even amidst the wiping, brooding, and putting-off-regicide- Ing.