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Smiling Ted
04-29-2010, 08:31 AM
To any Classicists in the forum (I know you're there!) I'm looking for a Latin translation - or the equivalent Latin quotation - for the phrase Nothing is free.

It could also be phrased as

There is nothing without cost
There's no such thing as a free lunch
Everything has a price

and so on.

Thanks in advance!

04-29-2010, 07:14 PM
Hi Ted.
Don’t know the exact one you want but here are a few others which might be close enough.
Ne quidnimis = nothing’s too much
Nil satis nis optimum = nothing but the best
Nihil sine quispiam (or) Sine quispiam nihil = nothing without something

04-29-2010, 10:28 PM
There's a famous Latin proverb that goes, sine labore nihil, which means nothing (happens) without work.
You could rephrase the above into sine pretio nihil and that would translate into your first option, ie there is nothing without cost.

ETA: eurodan, I think it would have to be sine quopiam nihil... Sine usually wants the ablative.

Rufus Coppertop
04-30-2010, 12:09 PM
Sine pretio nihil is nice.

04-30-2010, 06:45 PM
sine pretio nihil

wish I'd thought of it first, very elegant

Smiling Ted
05-02-2010, 05:42 PM
Sine pretio nihil it is!

Thanks to everyone.