When You Give Yourself Lemons

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” The first known instance of this common idiom was found in Reader’s Digest in 1927 in the form of Elbert Hubbard’s phrase, “A genius is a man who takes the lemons that fate hands him and starts a lemonade stand with them.”

The phrase made its way to popularity through Dale Carnegie who published a slightly different version. The phrase references a desire to make the best of the negative circumstances inherent in life, but perhaps we should consider the way we make our own lives difficult, as the lemon is a man-made fruit, bred from a citron and a sour orange.

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