French Proverb On Young and Old


Young Saints, Old Devils – French Proverb

This proverb is referring to parenting. Old devils are parents raising their children in goodness and to be innocent. As parents, you would not allow your child to repeat your mistakes, and this proverb conveys that message. Parents are old devils, they have done wrong and made mistakes before but want to raise saints, their children.

Origin/Source: The Lord’s prayer in Sermons (1844-5)




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