35 Hilarious When Life Gives You Lemons Quotes: Lemonade or Tequila?

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For someone like me whose hobby is gathering quotes, there is no greater joy than to see one of my favorite sayings inspire a variety of new ones. That’s why, in my latest collection of When life gives you lemons quotes, you will find tons of playful yet instructive takes on this old motto.

Some of the quotes will inspire you to have a brand-new outlook on life. But others will make for a perfect response the next time someone tells you to endure your hardships and make the best of the worst situation. Let’s see what else you can do with all the lemons life throws your way instead of just making lemonade!

The Wittiest and Cleverest When Life Gives You Lemons Quotes

When Life Gives You Lemons Quotes That Teach You How to Loosen Up and Have a Ball

#1. “I believe when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… and try to find someone whose life has given them vodka and have a party.” ― Ron White

#2. “When life gives you lemons, take out the salt and the shot glasses and fill them up with tequila.” — Teodora Kostova

#3. “When life gives you lemonade, it’s time to open the gin.”

#4. “When life gives you lemons, throw them at people. HARD.” ― Thomas J. Montemarano

#5. “When life gives you lemons, do a lemon water detox.”

#6. “When life gives you lemons, chunk it right back.” ― Bill Watterson

#7. “When life gives you lemons, add melted butter, toasted paprika, and dip some lobster in it!” ― Stuart J. Scesney

When Life Gives You Lemons Quotes That Will Make You Burst Out Laughing

#8. “When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye.” ― Cathy Guiswite

#9. “When life gives you lemons… You might as well shove ‘em where the sun don’t shine because you sure as hell aren’t ever going to see any lemonade.” ― Rob Thurman, Nightlife

#10. “Life handed me lemons, so I made lemonade, lemon cake, lemon drops, and I even used the rinds to make lemon art. So the joke is on you, life, haha!” ― Emilyann Allen

#11. “When life gives you lemons, you tell life to get a life because lemons are a terrible gift.” ― Patrick Schell

#12. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, and then throw it in the face of the person who gave you the lemons until they give you the oranges you originally asked for.” ― Cassandra Clare

#13. “When life gives you lemons, keep them, cause hey — free lemons.” ― Jake Hamilton

#14. “When life gives you lemons, say, ‘Cool, what else you got?’” ― Carmen in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

#15. “When life hands you lemons, get yourself some limes because life can’t be trusted.” ― Safaya Carbon

#16. “When life gives you lemons, ask it for sugar and water too. Otherwise, your final product would be some acidic lemon juice!” ― Priyavrat Gupta

When Life Gives You Lemons Quotes That Are as Thought-Provoking as They Are Hilarious

#17. “When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don’t want your d*** lemons, what the h*** am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life’s manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I’m the man who’s gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I’m gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!” ― J.K. Simmons

#18. “When life gives you lemons, make champagne, and leave the whole world wondering how you did it!” ― Marjory Sheba

#19. “As far as I’m concerned, there are two types of people in this world: people like Queeg who when life gives them lemons make lemonade, and everyone else. And although those smug lemonade-makers think the rest of us just sit around all day bitching about not getting oranges, they’re wrong. It’s all about volume. When you’re ass-deep in lemons, you start looking for a shovel, not a pitcher, and a cup of sugar.” ― Melissa DeCarlo, The Art of Crash Landing

#20. “‘See, Red? When life hands you lemons, you know what you gotta do?’

‘Wow,’ Lauren said. ‘Yes, Mr. Cliché, I know what I have to do. I make lemonade.’

‘No,’ he said. ‘You scream, “Fuck you, lemons!” And then you throw those goddamn lemons into oncoming traffic, and you go do what you want to do.’” ― Priscilla Glenn, Back to You

When Life Gives You Lemons Quotes That Are Just as Instructive as the Original Saying

#21. “When life gives you lemons, juice them up, plant the seeds, and throw the rinds back at life.”

#22. “When life gives you lemons, learn to juggle.”

#23. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, and sell it for a profit.”

#24. “When life gives you lemons, sell them and buy a pineapple.” ― Davin Turney

#25. “When life gives you lemons, you don’t make lemonade. You use the seeds to plant a whole orchard — an entire franchise! Or you could just stay on the Destiny Bus and drink lemonade someone else has made from a can.” ― Anthon St. Maarten

#26. “I got handed lemons, too, y’know, but I learned how to make lemonade with them… No one ever told me I had to add sugar, but that’s life for you. It ain’t sweet.” ― Elizabeth Flock, Me & Emma

#27. “When life hands you lemonade, don’t try to make lemons.” ― Vince Guthrie

#28. “If life hands you lemons, make lemonade! Words to live by, especially when you kept in mind that the only way to make them into lemonade was to squeeze the hell out of them.” ― Stephen King, End of Watch

#29. “When life gives you a lemon, take it. Don’t waste food.” ― Giselle Marquez

#30. “If God gives you lemons, you must plant the seeds.” ― Ana Claudia Antunes

#31. “When life gives you lemons, make lemon marmalade.”

#32. “When life gives you lemons, order the lobster tail.” ― Ziad K. Abdelnour

#33. “When life gives you lemons, exchange them at the store for something more edible.” ― Grace Helbig

#34. “When life gives you lemons, go to a taco stand.” ― Mariana Zapata

#35. “When life gives you lemons, use them to make pickles.”

Final Thoughts

My collection of the best When life gives you lemons quotes is for all of you who are not interested in making lemonade! With luck, I’ve succeeded in not only making you laugh but also giving you an idea or two on how to deal with rough times.

Remember that what doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger. So even in times of hardship, it’s essential to stand up in the face of adversity and do things your way! Therefore, if orange juice is what you want, orange juice is what you should get!

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Naomi Kizhner

Naomi Kizhner

On NaomiKizhner.com, I want to share tips, tricks, and quotes that will hopefully inspire someone who might be struggling. Also, I wish to help others find their true passion in life and cut out any negativity.
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