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"No hay mal que por bien no venga."

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What does this spanish saying mean'

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updated SEP 26, 2008
posted by bmlinar

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samdie said:

Matias said:

Its meaning is the same as: "No pain, no gain"

They're different. "No pain, no gain" suggests that obtaining/achieving something worthwhile requires a serious effort (and is meant to offer encouragement).

The given phrase means that even what seems to be a thoroughly bad situation may have some compensating good point(s) (and it's meant to offer consolation). cf. "Look on the bright side." or "Things could be worse."

I agree with samdie. "No pain, no gain" was originally a bodybuilding saying, and meant that you can't build muscles without feeling some actual pain. It has now been expanded in scope to include the meaning given by samdie.

updated SEP 26, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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Matias said:

Its meaning is the same as: "No pain, no gain"


They're different. "No pain, no gain" suggests that obtaining/achieving something worthwhile requires a serious effort (and is meant to offer encouragement).
The given phrase means that even what seems to be a thoroughly bad situation may have some compensating good point(s) (and it's meant to offer consolation). cf. "Look on the bright side." or "Things could be worse."

updated SEP 26, 2008
posted by samdie
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Its meaning is the same as:
"No pain, no gain"

updated SEP 26, 2008
posted by matias2
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Mark said:

there is no bad (for which good can not come out of) or (for which good will not come)

Hi Mark
It would better to say "from which"

updated SEP 26, 2008
posted by Eddy
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"Every cloud has a silver lining" is the equivalent saying in English.

updated SEP 26, 2008
posted by samdie
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there is no bad (for which good can not come out of) or (for which good will not come)

updated SEP 25, 2008
posted by mark7
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it can be traslated as, something good will come out of this problem

you can also say when one door closes other door opens
how about make lemonade out of lemos

but it really means, there is nothing bad that cant be turn into good

updated SEP 25, 2008
posted by 00769608
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