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Proverbs containing the word Dead

Better to be a live dog than a dead lion

The most despicable living man's state, is preferable to that of the most noble who have died impenitent. Thus, it is better to be a live coward... Read more →

Speak well of the dead

Speak well of them, for they cannot speak for themselves. 'Death softens all resentments', wrote John Greenleaf Whittier, the American poet,... Read more →

It is useless to flog a dead horse

It is a waste of time to try to revive interest in a worn-out or forgotten subject, or to argue about something that was settled long since. 'I... Read more →

It is ill waiting for dead men’s shoes

To wait for dead men's shoes is to wait for the death of a person with the expectancy of succeeding to his possessions or office. This sometimes... Read more →

Queen Anne is dead

A sarcastic way of saying: 'That's old news. I heard that weeks ago.' The death of Queen Anne was officially hushed up for a while. News had... Read more →

Dead men tell no tales

Death silences a man for ever. If he knows something in his lifetime that others do not want made public, he cannot reveal their secret when he... Read more →

Call no man happy till he is dead

This cynical proverb suggests that life is bound to be so bad that no living person can ever be happy.