This is so in the nature of things, and it is only what is implied in the maxim, ex nihilo nihil fit.
ex nihilo nihil is a universal law of thought and of things.
"ex nihilo felis fit—a cat-fit for nothing," he retorted, flippantly.
"ex nihilo nihil fit," was a lesson we all learned in our school days.
We accept the ancient philosophic maxim "ex nihilo nihil," and apply it rigorously to the case in hand.
The principle "ex nihilo nihil" forbids us to assume that motion can arise out of immobility, being out of non-being.
As compared with the ex nihilo creationism of orthodox theology, this theory is as light is to darkness.
He could not beleeve the old position; he would say ex nihilo nihil fit.
The old maxim, ex nihilo nihil fit, is applicable here also.
ex nihilo nihil is an apothegm indorsed alike by the profoundest metaphysicians and the rudest savages.