When life gives you lemons, make lemonade


This is a phrase almost every human has heard on some worst days of their lives, it’s a proverb that encourages a person to be positive about difficult situations and circumstances and keep being optimistic. Lemons are sour and it means the difficulty we get to face in life sometimes turning into lemonade which is a drink, is making the best out of that difficult situation.

But have you ever admired where this saying came from?

This article will tell you all you need to know about “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” and give you quotes that will help to live an optimistic life and end up with a positive attitude at the end. 

The phrase was initially from a Christian anarchist Writer called Elbert Hubbard in the year 1915, in an obituary he wrote and published for the dwarf actor Marshall Pinckney Wilder, this obituary was titled King of the Jesters and it contains praise for Wilder and his achievements despite his disabilities.

It’s written in the book that:

"He was a walking refutation of that dogmatic statement, Mens Sana in corpore Sano. He was a sound mind in an unsound body. He proved the eternal paradox of things. He cashed in on his disabilities. He picked up the lemons that Fate had sent him and started a lemonade stand."

But although this expression originated from Hubbard, a lot of authors have attributed the phases to Dale Carnegie. He used it in his book "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”, which was published in 1948. The version in Carnegie’s book reads: 

"If You Have a Lemon, Make a Lemonade."

And this has made it popular for challenging situations ever since.

The phrase “When life gives you a lemon, make lemonade” has now even been modified into different sorts like;

“When life gives you lemons, make orange juice and leave them wondering how you did it.”

 “When life gives you lemons, squeeze them in people's eyes.”

Everyone has their versions but the aim is to encourage people not to give room for negativity in their lives and that they can turn the bitterness they are experiencing into sweetness.

Another trending version of this quote was spoken by Irrfan Khan, an Indian actor and he said,

"There is a saying that when life gives you lemons, make a lemonade… It is nice to speak but when life gives you lemons in your hand, it becomes very difficult to make lemonade."

Most people will agree it’s true, it takes more than quotes to turn situations around, you’ll need to intentionally work on yourself and harness your emotions into a turnaround. To further continue, there are a few different quotes from different people to encourage you that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

There are times in life that we have no one to motivate us and at that long run we’ll need to motivate ourselves, by reading this if you’re at your lowest this is your push to do something about it, don’t wallow in self-pity, and bitterness, there is the goodness of life you just have to see it to enjoy it. 

Use the quotes below to your advantage

1. "When life gives you lemons, ask it for sugar and water too. Otherwise, your final product would be some acidic lemon juice!"

- Priyavrat Gupta

This shows you can make the best out of everything. 

2. "When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade, make pink lemonade. Be unique."

-Wanda Sykes

This shows there’s a uniqueness everywhere. 

3. "When life gives you lemons, learn to juggle."

- James Patterson

This shows there’s always something to do.

4. "When life gives you lemons, take it. Don't waste food."

- Giselle Marquez

This shows an acceptance that things may not always be smooth.

5. "When life gives you lemons, freeze them, and use them to throw at your enemies using some sort of trebuchet."

- Jenny Lawson

This shows resilience in fighting your situation.

6. "If God gives you lemons, You must plant the seeds."

- Ana Claudia Antunes, 'A-Z of Happiness', 2015.

This shows your mindset matters.

7. "When life gives you lemons, keep them, cause hey — free lemons."

- Jake Hamilton

This shows you’re strong enough to face life.

8. "When life gives you lemons, make lemon meringue pie."

- Colleen Houck

This shows you can turn the situation around.

9. "I believe when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade...and try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a party."

- Ron White

This shows you’re not the only one going through hard times. 

10. "When life hands you lemonade, don't try to make lemons."

- Vince Guthrie

This shows you have to be positive about everything. 

11. "When life gives you lemons, throw them back."

- Joe Jonas

This shows you need to put up a fight and not accept all life brings at you.

12. "When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade! Make life take the lemons back... What am I supposed to do with these? I demand to see life's manager..."

- J. K. Simmons

This shows you need to smile in the face of challenges.

13. "When life gives you lemons, you exchange them at the store for something more edible."

- Grace Helbig

This shows you have the power to determine your happiness. 

14. "When life hands me lemons I hand them back and pick something else."

- Behdad Sami

This shows you can choose what you want. 

15. "When life gives you lemons...add melted butter, toasted paprika, and dip some lobster in it!"

- Stuart J Chesney

This shows there’s always a better plan lurking around.

16. "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Then figure out how to sell it for $5.00 a glass."

- John Woodman

This shows you can monetize anything.

17. "A grapefruit is just a lemon that saw an opportunity and took advantage of it."

- Oscar Wilde

This shows you just need to change your mindset.

Remember, when life gives you lemons, you are the determinant of what you want to use your lemons for, all that matters is your mindset. Stay blessed and focused!

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