生不帶來,死不帶去

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Mandarin[edit]

 
to be born; to give birth; life; to grow; student; raw
(negative prefix); not; no
 
band; belt; girdle; ribbon; area; zone; region; wear; carry; lead; bring; consists of; show; and
to come
 
to die; inpassable; uncrossable; inflexible; rigid
(negative prefix); not; no
 
band; belt; girdle; ribbon; area; zone; region; wear; carry; lead; bring; consists of; show; and
to go; to leave; to remove
trad. (生不帶來,死不帶去)
simp. (生不带来,死不带去)

Etymology[edit]

Literally: You can't bring it with you from before birth, and you can't take with you after you're dead.

Proverb[edit]

生不帶來死不帶去 (traditional, Pinyin shēng bù dài lái, sǐ bù dài qù, simplified 生不带来,死不带去)

  1. used to advise people to refrain from being obsessed with material possessions

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