بيت ينكري وبيت ينشرى
Beit yenkara we beit yenshara
Translation: One house is to be rented, another house is to be bought.
Meaning: If you like a house for its convenience, you can rent it. But if you like it because it is really wonderful, then you buy it. This saying, now extinct, is not about houses. It is about love, businesses, careers, etc. If you really love something, give it all you’ve got. But if it is just convenient for the moment, keep your distance, and get a short lease.
Source: Egyptian Proverbs, (Al-Ahram Center for Translation and Publishing, 1986) by Ahmed Taymour Pasha,
Translated by: Nabil Shawkat