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Sayings about death

As soon as man is born he begins to die

The process of dying starts at birth. This saying reminds us of our own mortality, whatever our age.

Dead men tell no tales

People who are no longer living cannot give evidence.

Death is a remedy for all ills

When we die, all our problems are solved.

Death keeps no calendar

In this saying, “Death” is personified as a spiritual being who may call upon us at any time – he has no appointment book. We never know when we will die.

Death pays all debts

Dying cancels everything, including anything that we owe to other people.

Graves are of all sizes

People die at all ages; no one is too young to die.

Let the dead bury the dead

This is generally taken to imply that we should spend our time and energy on living people, not on dead people. (But see Origin below.)

Look upon death as a going home

We may consider dying to be a kind of returning to house and family.

Nothing is certain but death and taxes

This saying may be seen in three ways: 1) We cannot be 100% sure about anything (except dying and having to pay the taxman – in this case the latter idea being added for humour). 2) We cannot escape taxation (in this case the idea of death serving only to highlight the certainty of taxes). 3) We can be absolutely sure that we will die (in this case the idea of taxes being added for humour). The first interpretation seems to have been the original intent .

Nothing so certain as death

We can be 100% sure that we will die.
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Sayings about men and women

A good husband makes a good wife

If a woman is happy with her husband, she will be a good mate for him.

A good man is hard to find

This saying talks about the difficulties for women in finding a suitable male partner.

A man is as old as he feels, and a woman as old as she looks

This somewhat sexist saying suggests that men age better than women.

Behind every successful man is a woman

Many men owe their achievements in life to women.

Boys will be boys

This somewhat humorous saying is often used to excuse male behaviour (of both boys and adult men).

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned

A woman rejected in love can be very angry and dangerous.

It’s a man’s world

Everything in life is arranged to the advantage of men. Life is tough for women.

One tongue is enough for a woman

Some people think that women talk too much. If they already talk too much, they don’t need another tongue. One tongue is sufficient (but see Origin below).

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach

Many women have won a man’s love by cooking delicious meals for him. They fed his stomach and found love in his heart.

Women will have the last word

A man cannot win an argument with a woman. Women talk more than men. They can always add something more to what they are saying.
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How to describe a person?

We can use these adjectives if we have to describe a person:

He/She is old, young, middle aged, thin, skinny, slim, thin, chubby, fat, overweight, small, tall, cute,  talkative, quiet, rich, poor, gorgeous, beautiful, helpful, hard-working, lazy,extrovert, introvert, enthusiastic, funny, dull, boring, nice, lovely, intelligent, silly…

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