Proverb of the day: As long as women keep having babies, no one on earth can be (exceptionally)smart

Ahram Online , Tuesday 12 May 2015

As long as women keep having babies, no one on earth can be (exceptionally) smart

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طول ما الولادة بتولد ما على الدنيا شاطر 

Toul ma el walladah be tewled ma ala el donya shater

Translation: As long as women keep having babies, no one on earth can be (exceptionally) smart.

Meaning: Smart and capable people are being born every day, so let's not think of one person or one generation as exceptional. Talent is a renewable resource. The proverb is not common today, despite its continued relevance, which is not surprising since it lacks the speed and punch of other popular sayings.

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

Translated by: Nabil Shawkat

 

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