You cannot make an omelet without breaking eggs

You cannot make an omelet without breaking eggs.

Prov. In order to get something good or useful, you must give up something else. Jill: Why do they have to tear down that beautiful old building to build an office park? Jane: You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs. Alan: We may make more money by raising our prices, but we'll also upset a lot of customers. Fred: You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.

you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs

If you say you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, you mean that it is impossible to achieve something important without there being some bad effects. Note: `Omelette' is usually spelled `omelet' in American English. You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs. If you want universal health care there's just no way of getting it without us putting more money into it. The group does appear to be setting new reporting standards but you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.
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