Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining (Origin)
What Is the Origin of the Saying "Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining"?The term "every cloud has a silver lining" means that every bad situation has a positive aspect to it. It is usually said when an unforeseen benefit derives from a negative scenario.
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- "Was I deceived, or did a sable cloud
Turn forth her silver lining on the night?
I did not err; there does a sable cloud
Turn forth her silver lining on the night,
And casts a gleam over this tufted grove."
One version of the saying appears in "The Dublin Magazine, Volume 1" in 1840:
- "There's a silver lining to every cloud that sails about the heavens if we could only see it." (This was the original wording of the proverb.)
- "NO, NEVER! Every cloud has a silver lining; and He who wove it knows when to turn it out. So, after every night, however long or dark, there shall yet come a golden morning."
Examples of Use:
- My divorce was a nightmare, but my new partner is brilliant. Every cloud has a silver lining.
- We're snowed in, I'm afraid. You won't be able to get home tonight. However, the landlord has agreed to keep the bar open. Every cloud has a silver lining.
- The CEO is putting you under a lot of pressure at the moment, Toby. Don't worry though. I suspect you'll be top of his list to take over the department when Janice leaves. Every cloud has a silver lining.