Last Update 12:53
Monday, 14 October 2019

Proverb of the day: The beautiful one is never perfect

The beautiful one is never perfect

Ahram Online , Thursday 4 Jun 2015
Kid playing near a a garbage dump
Sana plays on a cloth sling hanging from a signalling pole as smoke from a garbage dump rises next to a railway track (Photo: Reuters)
Views: 824
Views: 824

الزين ما يكملش

El zein ma yekmalsh

Translation: The beautiful one is never perfect.

Meaning: This proverb is still in use, although urban folks would use the word “el-helw” instead of the country equivalent, “el-zein.” When you admire someone very much and then you discover that they have a fault, either with their personality or looks, this is when you say this proverb, meaning that “well, no one is perfect!”

Source: Egyptian Proverbs, (Al-Ahram Center for Translation and Publishing, 1986) by Ahmed Taymour Pasha,

Translated by: Nabil Shawkat

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.