Aught for naught, and a penny change Interpretation: you can't get something for nothing -- you might as well expect to get paid to take it.
Beginning is half done Quoted by Dr. Robert Schuller, West Coast clergyman.
Use it or lose it
A Pasoly in the eye is worth several in the shins
Winning isn't everything It's the only thing
Great minds think alike, as do lesser ones,
Owt for Nowt Northern English, Anything for nothing...
A man is known by the company he keeps
Politeness cost nothing and gains everything
Bad news travels fast