phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions at

Phrases, Sayings and Idioms Home > Discussion Forum

Re: Can't make an omlette without breaking eggs....

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?

: Thanks,

: Paul

All my Oxford Dictionary of Quotes says is that it is a proverb, mid-19th century.