I'm writing an essay where where the protagonist faces betrayal & hurt etc (negative things) but along with that she also experiences compassion & affection (Positive things). All the emotions at the hands of different people, so I want an idiom or a saying (if one exists) which u know explains that 'Where there is bad, there is also good' or 'When bad happens, good also keeps happening simultaneously' or something like that! I'm sorry if I failed to explain u clearly, but my English is not really good because it is not my native language!

Thanks in advance..

  • As my old Norfolk uncle, long since passed away, used to say 'things will have to get better soon because of the law of averages'. For old-boy Henry everything, including the weather, worked according to 'the law of averages'. – WS2 Mar 9 '14 at 11:29
  • 'Life has its ups and downs' is almost a dead metaphor. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 9 '14 at 15:17

Perhaps you're looking for...

Every cloud has a silver lining
(Gradually refined over the centuries, starting from John Milton, Comus, 1634)

That's the "pro" way of looking at things. For the "con" side (glass half-empty, not half-full), you could go for a whimsical reversal (Every silver lining has a cloud), or...

Into every life a little rain must fall
(or variants thereof)

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