win some, lose some, (you)

win some, lose some, (you)

Accept that some ventures end in victory and others in defeat. This philosophical phrase of acceptance has numerous ancestors with the same meaning—if I lose on the swings I’ll get back on the roundabouts was a common version in early twentieth-century Britain—but the current cliché dates only from about 1920 or so. It probably originated in gambling, possibly in betting on sports events. The London Times used it in 1976: “On the other hand, you . . . got your way over Mrs. Thatcher’s nominee . . . you win some, you lose some.” In July 1990, Time reported, “For a man facing the possibility of 20 years behind bars, John Mulheren was remarkably philosophical. ‘You win some, you lose some,’ said the fallen Wall Street arbitrager last week after a Manhattan jury found him guilty on four felony counts.” See also you can't win them all.
See also: lose, win