Okay, I’m really looking for two things here.
- The origin of the phrase,
“If Life gives you lemons, make lemonade (/lemon juice)”
And the earliest known variants of this type of phrase (“make a positive with a negative”). For example, possibly in China there was some sort of phrase “If the orange tree does not sour – then why should we care?” Okay so I’m reaching a little, but you get the idea.
- What is the philosophy behind this thought-structure (or idea) called? I mean the idea of turning a negative into a positive?
I think that’s the key aspect of this type of phrase. “Lemons” are meant to signify something negative, yet you produce something with that negative characteristic; which is positive.
So what is this philosophy called and who were the first proponents of it (both in a historical sense e.g. the Chinese and in an Academic sense e.g. Neitze sp.???). ?