when life gives you lemons
when life gives you lemons, make lemonade
Meaning | Synonyms
- make the best out of a difficult situation
- turn something negative into a positive
- make something sweet out of something bitter
- embrace life in whatever form
- look on the bright side of life
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade is a proverbial expression used to inspire optimism and a positive can-do attitude in the face of difficulty or misfortune. Lemons suggest sourness or trouble in life; making lemonade is turning them into something positive or desirable.
- She tried to live by the motto ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.’
- He was so optimistic that he should have ‘when life gives you lemons‘ tattooed on his forehead.
- Although I was devastated when I was made redundant from my job, I used the time to go back to college and retrain. A case of if life gives you lemons and all that.
- My grandfather lost his job due to the coronavirus, but he decided to keep busy and active. He says, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
- When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. And when life gives you millions of apples, make jam.
- Now when life gives you lemons, you can quickly and simply make so many lemony drinks and dishes.
- If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When one door shuts, another one opens. So be optimistic.
- When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade out of it – the saying fits quite aptly for my father who knows how to make the most out of everything.
- Why not try something more positive? As they say, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
- My hope is that they look at this moment in time as a learning lesson to life and take away that when life gives you lemons – you make the best lemonade possible.
Of all the citrus fruit the lemon is quite sour and bitter to taste. So, it is often used in negative expressions in the English language. This phrase wants us to find optimism in the face of adversity by suggesting that if life puts you in a difficult situation or gives you bad luck, try to turn it into something positive or to your advantage.
The saying was originally coined by Christian anarchist writer Elbert Hubbard in a 1915 obituary he penned and published for dwarf actor Marshall Pinckney Wilder. The obituary, entitled The King of Jesters, praises Wilder’s optimistic attitude and achievements in the face of his disabilities:
“He cashed in on his disabilities. He picked up the lemons that fate gave him and started a lemonade stand.”
Although the expression was coined by Elbert Hubbard, many modern authors attribute the expression to Dale Carnegie who used it in his 1948 book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. Carnegie’s version reads:
“If You Have a Lemon, Make a Lemonade.”
Carnegie credited Julius Rosenwald for giving him the phrase.
If you are into video game Portal, you may have heard character, Cave Johnson says angrily:
“If life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade! Make life take the lemons back. Get mad! I don’t want your damn lemons. What the hell am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life’s manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons!”