Making the best of a bad situation
That’s the way life is.
That’s how it goes.
That’s the way it goes.
That’s the way the ball bounces. (cliché)
That’s the way the cookie crumbles. (cliche’)
Things could be worse.
It’s not as bad as all that.
Look on the bright(er) side. (cliché)
Make the best of it.
Half a loaf is better than none. (cliche)
It’s always darkest before dawn. (cliche)
Every cloud has a silver lining. (cliche)
When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. (cliche)
It’s the best we can do under the circumstances.
I wish we could do more.
You did the best you could.
You did the best that could be expected.
You get an A for effort.
The important thing is that you tried.
Winning isn’t everything. (cliche)
You can’t win them all. (cliche)
It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.(cliche)
You made a noble effort.
Truth is stranger than fiction. (cliche)
It was just one of those things. (cliche)
(Don’t ask why;)it just is.
Why ask why?(informal)
Who am I to question?
It’s for the best. (cliche)
It’s all for the best. (cliche)
When God closes a door, He opens a window.(cliche)
Don’t let it get you down.
Keep your chin up! (cliche)
Keep a stiff upper lip.(cliche’)
Grin and bear it. (cliche)
Take it in stride.(cliche)
Roll with the punches.(cliche)
Accept your fate.
You’ve made your bed; now lie in it. (cliche)
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.(cliché)
The important thing is to learn from your mistakes.
The third time’s the charm.(cliche)
I’m between a rock and a hard place.(cliche)
I’m between the devil and the deep blue sea. (cliche)
I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t. (mildly vulgar)
You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.(mildly vulgar)