生不帶來,死不帶去

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Chinese[edit]

 
to be born; to give birth; life; to grow; student; raw
not; no; (negative prefix)
 
band; belt; girdle; ribbon; area; zone; region; wear; carry; lead; bring; consists of; show; and
to come
 
to die; inpassable; uncrossable; inflexible; rigid
not; no; (negative prefix)
 
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.

Pronunciation[edit]


Proverb[edit]

生不帶來,死不帶去

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