Silver lining (idiom)

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Under a cloud (with a silver lining) (1920). A cartoon depicting George Lansbury. Captions: Under a cloud (with a golden lining) Comrade Lansbury. "Thanks to my faithful brolski not a drop has touched me." [Loud crows from "Daily Herald" bird.] Possibly reflecting an allegation of Soviet funding for the Independent Labour Party. Lansbury founded the Daily Herald.[1]

A silver lining is a metaphor for optimism in the common English-language which means a negative occurrence may have a positive aspect to it.[2]


The origin of the phrase is most likely traced to John Milton's "Comus" (1634) with the lines,

Was I deceiv'd, or did a sable cloud
Turn forth her silver lining on the night?[3]

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  1. ^ Cartoon from Punch, Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, September 22, 1920 by Various
  2. ^ every cloud has a silver lining idiom definition.
  3. ^ Re: Every cloud has a silver lining