Is there a saying in classical Latin similar to "all or nothing"? I am aware of aut Caesar aut nihil, and that would be fine if it was classical. In most cases the era of origin is irrelevant, but I would like to know whether a similar quote is found in classical authors.

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Taking the following as an example:

seu nihil militi, sive omnia concederentur

concede either nothing to the army, or everything

Tacitus, Annals, 1.36

we could perhaps adapt it to: seu nihil sive omnia


I can't think of a phrase from classical Latin, but I should think that nihil nisi omnia would be all right. The meaning is quite clear, and it sounds snappy enough.

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