Here are fifteen of my favourite old (and new) maxims for French students. Most are inspirational. Some are just for fun. A few are both at once.
Once a few of these posters have provoked your students’ interest, ask them to find an inspirational quote of their own to illustrate. Have them include their photo in a
corner of the poster. The secondary “source” of the quote tends to generate as much interest as the maxim itself.
Note: The last quote has been a personal favourite since I was a student.
However, this particular bit of wisdom by Michel de Montaigne is probably not
appropriate for your classroom walls.