The French saying "Qui vivra verra" revealed

On this page, we are going to show you all the things you want to know about the inspirational proverb “Qui vivra verra”.

To be clear, this includes a detailed guide of what it is and how you can use it in a conversation with an audio example. And because we want to help you on your learning journey, we also sprinkled some super useful stuff like literal meaning, dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio and more!

If you are interested, you will find more of these proverbs explained on this page and the ultimate directory of all our French words content on this page. Wishing you a good learning!

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Translation in English

How to pronounce it?

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

Qui vivra verra meaning


  • Qui → Who
  • Vivra → Will live (future tense of verb “Vivre“) 
  • Verra → Will see (Future tense of verb “Voir“)

It means that even if the future is uncertain, those who survive will discover the outcomes. That no matter how hard we try to predict the future, only time will tell what it is made of.

This proverb is teaching us to be patient and to not lose our time trying to predict the unpredictable, because we will discover it anyway by staying safe.

By the way, English language has a very similar proverb which is “Time will tell“.

How to use it

You can use it as a friendly reminder when someone is anxious about the future, lost in complex forecasts or even so impatient that he/she is not enjoying the moment.

And don’t worry: “Qui vivra verra” is very famous in French-speaking countries, so have no doubts that people will understand immediately. 

Fun facts

Bonus: it sounds really good and looks awesome on tattoos.

Everyday life dialogue example

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue script

Qui sait ce que l’avenir nous réserve ? “
” Who knows what future holds? “
” Personne. Qui vivra verra. “
” Nobody. He who lives will see. “
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