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A pagare e morire…

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A pagare e morire c’è sempre tempo
Literally: For paying and dying, there is always time

 

This is the Italian version of Benjamin Franklin’s old maxim about the only guarantees in life being death and taxes. Instead of taxes, however, this proverb talks about ‘payments’ more generally. I also wonder if this can be (mis)interpreted to mean that you shouldn’t be in a rush to make the payments you owe (or to die, for that matter). I wonder what the Italian taxman might make of this…hmm…

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Nel bene o nel male…

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Nel bene o nel male purché se ne parli
Literally: In good or bad as long as it’s talked about

 

This is pretty much the Italian equivalent of the English “any publicity is good publicity.” As long as something is spoken about, it is presumed that it does the subject some kind of indirect good, even if it is being spoken of badly. This is also a good example of the use of the rarely spoken word ‘purché’ (as long as).