In order to make an omelet you have to break a few eggs

"In order to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs." Does this omelet look scrumptious?

In order to make an omelet you have to break a few eggs” is a proverb that teaches that there are circumstances in which you have to make some sort of expenditure or sacrifice to gain something, make progress, or improve your lot in life.

Example:  “If you want to get a business off the ground, you are going to have to make some capital investments.  After all, in order to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs“.

“The generals realized that if they were going to take the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese, that it would result in bloody sacrifices and  many causalities.   It was an example of  to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs.

I bet this English proverb may not directly translate into a proverb in Chinese.   How would Chinese convey this concept?

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  1. Hongnian says:

    要马跑又不让马吃草

  2. landawei says:

    @Hongnian,
    Thx!
    Does this have an interesting story behind it?

  3. Hongnian says:

    I don’t know….

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