'tis an ill wind that blows no one any good

'tis an ill wind that blows no one any good

proverb Even the most negative or harmful situations usually benefit someone. Thus a situation that benefits no one must be truly bad (and rare). The rain caused flooding, but it may help the farmers. 'Tis an ill wind that blows no one any good. A: "I know you're bummed that you had to defer your admission a semester, but I ended up getting the spot you freed up." B: "Really? Wow, I guess it's true what they say—’tis an ill wind that blows no one any good." ’Tis an ill wind that blows no one any good. I mean, your mother's cancer diagnosis got you to quit smoking, didn't it?
See also: an, any, blow, good, ill, no, one, that, wind
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