When Life Gives You Lemons...

"When life gives you lemonade" is a popular phrase in the United States, and maybe the rest of the world, but I wouldn't know because I've only lived in California. The phrase is traditionally finished with "you make lemonade," but people have put their own spins on the phrase with some hilarious results. Here are some of the best variations I know.


Bill Watterson, creater of the beloved Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, provides an optimistic approach to the phrase, turning it on its head. Don’t settle for less!

Phil Dunphy, from hit show Modern Family, gives us a nonsensical, but hilarious interpretation to the quote.


“If life gives you melons, you may be dyslexic.” You may have to read over that a few times if you actually do have dyslexia. If you don’t and you get why it’s funny, you can buy the shirt here.

Ever wanted to watch a short film titled “When Life Gives You Lemons”? Watch the trailer.

Here are a bunch of recipes you can make with lemons.


Parks and Recreation is one of my favorite shows. The random, silly humor just clicks with me. Jean-Ralphio, a side character on the show, is sporadic, immature, and loves to party. His version of “When life gives you lemons” is basically his life’s motto. His line is one of my favorites on the show. It’s even better when he delivers the line in context. I could tell you what episode this is from, or you could watch the entire series and watch the episode when you get to it (truthfully, I just don’t remember what episode it’s from).

My favorite “lemons” quote comes from “Portal 2,” a video game made by Valve. The head of a technological company, Cave Johnson, is battling sickness, but never gives up. His fighting spirit is captured in his shocking, yet inspiring, words.

There you have it. Just know that when life gives you lemons, you can write an article about it and no one will judge you. If they do, at least you can say you did something productive about it.

Have any good “lemons” quotes? Share them below!

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