it is a long lane that has no turning

it is a long lane that has no turning
Commonly used as an assertion that an unfavourable situation will eventually change for the better.

1633 Stationers’ Register (1877) IV. 273 (ballad) Long runns that neere turnes.

1670 J. RAY English Proverbs 117 It’s a long run that never turns.

1732 T. FULLER Gnomologia no. 2863 It is a long Lane that never turns.

1748 RICHARDSON Clarissa IV. xxxii. It is a long lane that has no turning—Do not despise me for my proverbs.

1945 F. P. KEYES River Road VIII. xxxvii. ‘You’re through in politics, Gervais. You might just as well face it.’.. ‘It’s a long lane that has no turning.’

2002 Country Life 11 Apr. 117 ‘It’s a long road that doesn’t have to turn some time,’ says Mr Plant, who intends to continue sheep farming, like his father and grandfather before him.

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