you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs

you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs

Meaning

  • to have to go through something seemingly not nice for a good result
  • to bear hardships to gain something desirable
  • to take effort in order to achieve something nice

Example Sentences

  1. The course requires a lot of effort on your part. It is true that you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.
  2. This business idea can take you from zero to hundred in just a few years but you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.
  3. I have wanted to venture into the teaching profession from the longest time but you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.
  4. My brother is trying very hard to get his bachelor's degree and has finally realized that you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.
  5. This marathon requires you to pick up some serious slack in your diet and exercise regime because you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.

Origin

The phrase has originated in the 1700 in the French language by François de Charette, which was "ne saurait faire d'omelette sans casser des œufs". It is believed to have been older than 1742 and has been translated in English in 1796.

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You can’t feed a people without hurting animals … but that doesn’t make it right. It never makes it right because what it is in itself and because it is a step towards the destruction of the planet. People may laugh at me because of what I believe in but I know in my heart that the truth has always been there and has been offered to me. In this context I wish to be an advocate of animal rights.

- M Roine September 5, 2020

Surely, the phrase implies breaking others to achieve your own desired results.

- Mr Terence Rattigan July 14, 2020

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- Joe December 5, 2017

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