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a kernel of hope
A tiny amount of hope or optimism that exists within an abundance of doubt, skepticism, or pessimism. While the economic outlook is dire, there is still at least a kernel of hope that a few industries could help the country stay afloat in the coming months. Many people see the candidate as a kernel of hope in a political world drowning in greed and corruption. When we were stranded on that desert island, it was hard to find even a kernel of hope.
a kernel of truth
A singular element of truth or wisdom within a greater story, narrative, speech, or claim, especially when most or all other elements are fictitious or of questionable veracity. I think the governor's speech is a bunch of hogwash by and large, but there is a kernel of truth in what he said about the need for lower taxes. Is there a kernel of truth to this rumor of layoffs? Please say no. There is not one kernel of truth in any of that nonsense you just said!
he that would eat the kernel must crack the nut
proverb If you want something desirable or appealing, you must put forth the effort required to obtain it. I know it sounds scary to start your own business, but that's the only way you'll get to be your own boss. He that would eat the kernel must crack the nut and all that.
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He that would eat the kernel must crack the nut.
Prov. You have to work if you want to get anything good. If you want to be a good pianist, you have to practice every day. He that would eat the kernel must crack the nut.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.