gold, no matter how is mixed with blemish, will always shine


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In Arabic if something is good but some people try to destroy it we say an expression that means something like, the gold, no matter how is mixed with blemish/imperfection, will always shine. Is there any English equivalent expression that could be said in the same situation or when someone is really good but some people try to ruin their reputation or simply when truth was mixed with false? Any help is appreciated. Thank you.
  • bibliolept

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    AE, Español
    Generally, one speak about impurities in gold or of it being impure.

    "Dross" is an applicable term, but it is not as widely known, of course.
    1 impurity, dross
    worthless material that should be removed; "there were impurities in the water"
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    2 slag, scoria, dross
    the scum formed by oxidation at the surface of molten metals


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    English (U.S.)
    No common phrases come to mind, unfortunately. I feel like I should be able to come up with one. There's St. Francis's assertion that all the darkness in the world can't extinguish a candle, but I'm not sure how familiar that would be to most people.
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