life wasn't meant to be easy
A catchphrase popularised by Malcolm Fraser (Prime Minister 1975-83) and later attributed by him to the British playwright George Bernard Shaw. The phrase is now used as a stock response to complaints or whinges of any kind-'I have to take the kids to soccer training every night this week'. 'Well, life wasn't meant to be easy!' Shaw's full quotation is 'life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be delightful'.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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