every cloud has a silver lining


every cloud has a silver lining

Meaning | Synonyms

  • there is something good in everything that’s bad
  • every negative occurrence has a positive aspect to it
  • every difficult or unpleasant situation has some advantage
  • some benefit can always be derived from a bad thing that happens

Example Sentences

  1. Reena was depressed to be confined to bed after her surgery, but over time, when she could spend a lot of time with her family and catch up with old friends, who came to visit her, she realized that every cloud has a silver lining.
  2. Even though your relationship is going through a difficult phase, don’t despair, maybe this will strengthen your bond. Every cloud has a silver lining.
  3. Even though he had lost the match, he had gained in experience and was now more confident. Every cloud has a silver lining.
  4. Though he had failed his exam, he realized that every cloud has a silver lining, as now he could focus his attention on things he loved doing.
  5. I know that you job is not going well and you are stressed out, but don’t worry, things will be better soon. Every cloud has a silver lining.


It appears that the origin of this phrase is in 1634 from John Milton’s poem “Comus.” It reads

“Was I deceived? or did a sable cloud/Turn forth her silver lining on the night?”

The phrase has been in use in its exact form since the mid-1800s.

See also: silver lining.

Share your opinions4 Opinions

I agree you should “look for the silver lining” in life!—but beware of very strong “cloudbursts” above! (In the days of Noah, it rained for ‘forty days and forty nights’). (“Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink!”). The “silver lining” might be that we would not go thirsty!

‒ Ronald Albert Chivers April 2, 2023

Yes! Truly Every cloud has a silver lining. There is always a positive thing in a bad situation So we must never lose hope.

‒ Priya February 26, 2020

Thanks for a good explain, we had proverb like this “The last sun is sharper”.

‒ Nel November 11, 2018

I have butterflies in my tummy
Means: I am nervous.

‒ Abby April 28, 2017

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