Posted by ESC on May 08, 2003
In Reply to: Can't make an omlette without breaking eggs.... posted by Paul B on May 08, 2003
: Hi, could anyone enlighten me as to the origin of this expression? I know it's attributed to Lenin, but the Russian phrase for this is literally "to chop down a forest, splinters will fly" ("lyes rubyat, shchepki letyat") - so what made this become a culinary reference in English?
All my Oxford Dictionary of Quotes says is that it is a proverb, mid-19th century.