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Every cloud a silver lining

刊登日期: 2018.05.04
作者: Grace Tse  

Even though we are not weath e r forecasters, we can make simple predictions about the weather by looking at the clouds in the sky. White clouds mean that the weather is fine, but they turn grey before it rains. Since we are closely related to the natural world, we tend to make use of nature to describe our feelings about life in a philosophical way. 

Don’t feel upset that you lost in the competition. Every cloud has a silver lining. 

If we say “every cloud has a silver lining”, that means every bad situation has a positive aspect. In this poetic expression, the “cloud” is dark in colour, implying sad and gloomy times. When the sky is getting clearer and the sun is shining from behind the cloud droplets, we can always see a bright outline along the edge of the cloud. This “silver lining” represents hope and optimism.

The origin of the phrase, “silver lining”, was found in a literary work written by John Milton, an English poet, in 1634. 

“Was I deceived, or did a sable cloud 

Turn forth her silver lining on the night?” 


The current version probably first appeared in a book called “Struggles and Triumphs” by P. T. Barnum, an American politician and businessman, in 1869. 

“‘Every cloud,’ says the proverb, ‘has a silver lining,’ and so I did not despair.” 

If your friends are low-spirited in tough times, the beautiful image of “every cloud has a silver lining”(黑暗中總有一絲光明;逆境中總有希望)may cheer them up, encouraging them to look on the bright side of life. 


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