the bright side


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the bright side

The positive aspect of something that also has negative features; the optimistic view of something. The bright side of all this is that I was able to catch up on my reading while I was in the hospital. I know it's hot, but look on the bright side—at least it's not raining.
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bright side

A favorable or hopeful aspect, as in Bob is inclined to look on the bright side of everything. This idiom uses bright in the sense of "lit up with gladness or hope." [First half of 1800s] Also see glass is half full.
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How can I think of the bright side of life when, as you see, I am sitting on a barrel and working in a dirty shed?
Well, of course, if you can look on the bright side, pray do; it's a mercy if people haven't sensitive feelings, in this world.
I judged she had earned a right to a more hospitable place; so I plucked her up and sent her to America to a friend who would respect her for the fight she had made, all by her small self, to make a whole vast despondent Alpine desolation stop breaking its heart over the unalterable, and hold up its head and look at the bright side of things for once.
You are very happy," exclaimed Athos, laughing, in spite of himself, at the sally of the irresistible Gascon; "for you see the bright side of everything.
You see things on the bright side, and so much the better for you.
Even looking at the bright side of things, he found it both stupid and sad to be left alone in the midst of this savage country and among these wild tribes.
We all tried to look on the bright side of things, but Mr.
The event must come some time, and so I look to the bright side of it: that's the right plan - isn't it, Mrs.
Well," said Polly, slowly, "I just try to look on the bright side of things; that helps one amazingly.
If I were not determined, from this day forth, to see nothing but the bright side of our prospects, the melancholy absence of any male relative of Laura's, at the most important moment of her life, would make me very gloomy and very distrustful of the future.
I learned to look more upon the bright side of my condition, and less upon the dark side, and to consider what I enjoyed rather than what I wanted; and this gave me sometimes such secret comforts, that I cannot express them; and which I take notice of here, to put those discontented people in mind of it, who cannot enjoy comfortably what God has given them, because they see and covet something that He has not given them.
Why, so it is," he answered much more cheerfully; "and it is wisdom in you to keep me to the bright side of the picture.
WELL, in a desperate attempt to look on the bright side, at least the man who will never be a serious contender for the "Guardian of the year" title didn't drop the poor little lad.
The 'Salvage' actress wrote, 'There will be moments when your insecurities will be bigger (literally) than your confidence but always look at the bright side.
And the cake ladies of the Bright Side Big Bake will set up their stall at St James's University Hospital - Jimmy's - in Leeds on Wednesday, November 30.