Why do we say "You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.

Well-Known Expressions

You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs

Meaning:

You can't accomplish something worthwhile without sacrifices

Background:

This expression traces back to Audi Alteram Partem: Letters of a Representative to His Constituents (1859) by Thomas Perronet Thompson. Audi alteram partem or audiatur et altera pars literally means "hear the other side".

T.P Thompson (1783 - 1869) was a British Parliamentarian and a radical reformer who, among other causes, supported universal suffrage. He was Govenor of Sierra Leone for two years but was removed from his post after complaining about the system by which "freed" slaves were compulsorily "apprenticed" for fourteen years on arrival in Sierra Leone. He believed that William Wilberforce (a leader in the campaign to abolish slavery) and the Sierra Leone Company had "by means of their agents become slave traders themselves".

Alphabetical list of expressions

Challenge yourself with BookBrowse Wordplays

Support BookBrowse

Become a Member and discover books that entertain, engage & enlighten!

Join Today!

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket
    All Tomorrow's Parties
    by Rob Spillman
    In this absorbing memoir, co-founder of Tin House magazine, Rob Spillman, recalls his artistic ...
  • Book Jacket: Strangers in Their Own Land
    Strangers in Their Own Land
    by Arlie Russell Hochschild
    Arlie Russell Hochschild's dive into the heart of Tea Party America is as good a glimpse of ...
  • Book Jacket: The Dry
    The Dry
    by Jane Harper
    After receiving a letter from his childhood friend's father, Aaron Falk, a Melbourne police officer ...

Book Discussion
Book Jacket
The Sellout
by Paul Beatty

The first book by an American author to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize.

About the book
Join the discussion!

First Impressions

  • Book Jacket

    Home Sweet Home
    by April Smith

    From the widely praised author of the FBI Special Agent Ana Grey series, a stunning novel set in the McCarthy era.
    Reader Reviews

  • Book Jacket

    A Piece of the World
    by Christina Baker Kline

    A stunning novel of friendship, passion, and art from the #1 bestselling author of Orphan Train.
    Reader Reviews

Who Said...

Everywhere I go, I am asked if I think the university stifles writers...

Click Here to find out who said this, as well as discovering other famous literary quotes!

Word Play

Solve this clue:

K Your F C

and be entered to win..

Books that     
entertain,
     engage

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.