no pain, no gain
Suffering is needed to make progress, as in I've worked for hours on those irregular French verbs, but no pain, no gain. Although this idiom is often associated with athletic coaches who urge athletes to train harder, it dates from the 1500s and was already in John Ray's proverb collection of 1670 as “Without pains, no gains.”
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The email appears to have been a relatively common attempt to gain personal information from a wide range of unwitting victims.
Or has the see and hear and speak-no-evil stance of the Republican House persuaded him that he is in the clear?
He closed his eyes, imagining the virgins, imagining away the pain in his head and groin.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Throughout all the stories of loss and pain with the Chief, there was barely a trace of emotion.
He not only gives out pain — he is in constant, unrelenting pain.
He shrank, as from some one who inflicted pain as a child, unwittingly, to see what the effect would be.
She stabbed him, noting the effect upon him with a detached interest that seemed indifferent to his pain.
Each sentence came as if torn piecemeal from his unwilling tongue; short, jerky phrases, conceived in pain and delivered in agony.
I laved his pain-twisted face with the cool water and let a few drops trickle into his open mouth.
Renounce the good law of the worshippers of Mazda, and thou shalt gain such a boon as the Murderer gained, the ruler of nations.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway