Nothing can come of nothing
"Nothing can come of nothing: speak again."
Old King Lear has decided to retire and divide his kingdom among
his three daughters. They are required to come forward and flatter
him. His two eldest daughters, Regan and Goneril, flatter and
deceive the old king, and receive their rewards. The youngest,
Cordelia, who loves him most, cannot find the words to articulate
this love. He asks her to speak up and praise him more than her
sisters have just done. When asked 'what do you have to say?'
Cordelia responds "Nothing." He repeats this answer as a question.
She responds the same. Lear is outraged and tells her that "nothing
will come of nothing," and banishes her without money, title, or
any part of his kingdom.