warts and all

Submitted by ϕιλομαθής on 10.07.2018

warts and all (English) — The entire thing, without hiding the less attractive parts.
Origin: A variation of this popular phrase was first uttered by Oliver Cromwell, circa 1656, after celebrated artist Samuel Cooper painted a miniature portrait of him (based on a full-sized portrait, painted by Peter Lely in 1653). Cromwell, who was then Lord Protector of England, felt that the artist’s first draft was a bit too reverential. Prior to Cooper’s second attempt, Cromwell told him:

“Use all your skill to paint my picture truly like me and not flatter me at all. Remark all these ruffness, pimples, warts and everything as you see me. Otherwise I’ll never pay a farthing for it.”

And with that, “warts and all” was born. On the surface, the phrase evokes ugliness. But there’s also something beautiful about the idea of a divisive, incredibly powerful historical figure insisting on humility.

English, explained by ϕιλομαθής on Tue, 10/07/2018 - 12:56

warts and all — со всеми изъянами и недостатками; без прикрас; как есть.

Russian, explained by St. Sol on Tue, 10/07/2018 - 15:40

"warts and all" in lyrics

Take you away

The microscopes that magnified the tears
Studied warts and all
Still the life flows on and on

George Harrison - When We Was Fab

We're heading for disaster!

Our hero, warts and all!


The Swan Princess (OST) - No Fear