'tis an ill wind that blows nobody (any) good

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'tis an ill wind that blows nobody (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 nobody 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 nobody good." ’Tis an ill wind that blows nobody any good. I mean, your mother's cancer diagnosis got you to quit smoking, didn't it?
See also: an, blow, good, ill, nobody, that, wind
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