Definition of one can't make an omelette without breaking eggs in English:

one can't make an omelette without breaking eggs

phrase

proverb
  • One cannot accomplish something without adverse effects elsewhere.

    • ‘However, as Lenin said, you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.’
    • ‘The New York Times reporter who infamously won a Pulitzer Prize in part for reports that ‘there is no actual starvation’, liked to repeat Robespierre's dictum that ‘you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.’’
    • ‘Just as surely as you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, you can't build a fairer society without challenging wealth and power.’
    • ‘He used to say ‘I put my money on Stalin,’ and dismissed Stalin's mass murder with the quip, ‘you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.’’
    • ‘He taught generations of leftists the moral wisdom that you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.’
    • ‘Those arguing that this is just how modern warfare is waged, and that ‘you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs ’, should note that it is only the US that behaves like this.’
    • ‘But you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.’
    • ‘It was a pity about the victims, but most of them probably deserved it, and, anyway, ‘you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.’’
    • ‘Robespierre was dead right, you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, however I have noticed that politicians can never improve the world without killing a fair amount of the inhabitants which is what Robespierre had just done.’
    • ‘As the saying goes, you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.’
    • ‘His reaction to these events, as the Times has noted, was the infamous phrase, ‘you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.’’
    • ‘As for your financial point, it is indeed unfair on Edinburgh rate-payers, but you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.’