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The French proverb "Qui se ressemble s'assemble" explained

You are in the right place to discover everything you need to know about the romantic proverb "Qui se ressemble s'assemble". It includes a complete explanation of what it is and how to use it in a dialogue with an audio example. Not to mention the useful informations we sprinkled like dialogue example, synonyms, slow pronunciation audio and more!

French to English translation

  • Translation : Birds of a feather flock together

  • Literal meaning : Those who resemble assemble

  • Register : Neutral - Romantic

Pronunciation example



  • IPA : / ki sə ʁəsɑ̃blə sasɑ̃ːbl. /

aesthetic french quote qui se ressemble sassemble

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What does it mean?


There are two meanings for this French proverb:

The first one is that people with the same habits / character / tastes / history / etc. find each other naturally. Because they are unconsciously looking for someone who can understand them. These people are more likely to become friends or end up in a relationship.

And the second is a consequence of the first one: we should know that people who gather (friends or couples) are more likely to have common traits. And these traits can be qualities as well as defects.

How to use

Every time you discover common traits between two friends or two members of a couple, don't be surprised! Use "Qui se ressemble s'assemble" instead.

You can also have a clue of who someone is, based on his close friends and relatives. But be careful! This is not an exact science and you may face many counter-examples.

Fun facts

We also have a proverb saying the exact opposite: "Les opposés s'attirent". ("Opposites attract")

And the debate about which one is the "truth" is still on...


Example in a dialogue with audio


On a les mêmes goûts toi et moi

We have the same tastes you and me

Oui chéri ! C'est génial !

Yes sweetheart ! That's awesome!

Qui se ressemble s'assemble.

Those who resemble assemble.

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