"Better to light a/one candle than to curse the darkness" (1940)
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OT: "WAR IS HELL"--Gregory Titelman says this was used in Shakespeare. The
sentiment is not new. Maybe it's from Greece and Troy?
"IT IS BETTER TO LIGHT A/ONE CANDLE THAN TO CURSE THE DARKNESS"
LIGHT A CANDLE + CURSE THE DARKNESS--14,800 Google hits, 5,410 Google Groups
LIGHT ONE CANDLE + CURSE THE DARKNESS--2,300 Google hits, 3,590 Google Groups
This is often given as a "Chinese Proverb," but it suddenly shows up in
the United States only around WWII. I haven't checked ProQuest Historical
This is one of my favorite phrases.
448. Christopher Society. Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of ...
... of which is an old Chinese proverb.—Bergen Evans, Dictionary of
87, no. ... She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness, and her
www.bartleby.com/73/448.html - 18k - Cached - Similar pages
Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
AUTHOR: Christopher Society
QUOTATION: It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness.
ATTRIBUTION: Christopher Society, motto, the sentiment of which is an old
Chinese proverb.—Bergen Evans, Dictionary of Quotations, p. 87, no. 7 (1968).
“I have lost more than a beloved friend. I have lost an inspiration. She
would rather light a candle than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the
world.”—Adlai E. Stevenson, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, tribute
to Eleanor Roosevelt after her death on November 7, 1962, as reported by The
New York Times, November 8, 1962, p. 34.
Frederick Post - 7/8/1940
...trip up THE and THE Potomac. Away from THE gnats, THE heat and THE dust,
THE.....THE city on THE 9th, reconnoitering on THE 10th, and THE attack on THE
Frederick, Maryland Monday, July 08, 1940 868 k
Pg. 4, col. 7:
_Strength For Today_
By Earl L. Douglass, D. D.
_TRY LIGHTING A CANDLE_
China has been suffering a great deal the past few years as the scourge of
war has stamped the life of its people into the earth. What many do not
realize is that Chinese leadership, driven from the seaboard, has led a great trek
into the interior and has there set up a new and better empire.
One of the leaders of new China said to a friend of mine recently, "I had
rather light a candle in the darkness than to curse the darkness." There he
is, far from the surroundings amid which he was born and reared, and he prides
himself that his daily task is to hold aloft one lightened candle that men may
find their way through the darkness.
Many people curse the darkness. They say it is unjust. They accuse God
of being either weak or heedless in a world where evil often prevails over
good. But there are others who light a candle and hold it nigh above their heads.
They are not able to do much, perhaps, but at the midnight hour they can
keep their faith, they can be cheerful, they can be courageous; and this helps to
light others along the pathway and save them from the precipice.
Cursing never does any good. If darkness is round about you, light
whatever candle you have and hold it as high as you can. The higher you hold it,
the wider will be the radius of its light.
(Copyright Babson Newspaper Synd.)
Sheboygan Press - 10/3/1941
...THEy believe it is better to LIGHT A cAndle thAn to CURSE THE dA
rkness.....THE congress of THE United StAtes to THE AcceptAnce of THE principle of THE..
Sheboygan, Wisconsin Friday, October 03, 1941 950 k
Pg. 6, col. 5:
Some very good Americans cannot sit still and do nothing, even though
they suspect that single individuals cannot do much. They believe it is better
to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
("THE BUSINESS AT HAND" by Elizabeth Henderson, Pittsburgh newspaper woman
and author of "War's End," poems, short stories and other writings--ed.)
Bismarck Tribune - 11/8/1941
...Worship o'clock. "Better to LIGHT A CAndle ThAn to CURSE THE DA
rkness.....Byington plAys THE comicAl Bridget, THE rolA THE creAted on THE New York..
Bismarck, North Dakota Saturday, November 08, 1941 824 k
Pg. 8, col. 1:
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Second and Thayer
"Better to Light a Candle Than to Curse the Darkness"--Armistice Day
Coshocton Tribune - 3/30/1943
...proverb "It is better to LIGHT A cAndle thAn to CURSE THE dArkness."
Miss.....bound by THE "no-strike" Agreement on THE ground thAt THE wAr lAbor boArd
Coshocton, Ohio Tuesday, March 30, 1943 814 k
Pg. 8, col. 3:
Miss Green chose as her subject an old Chinese proverb--"It is better to
light a candle than to curse the darkness."
(Rotary meeting speech--ed.)
Bradford Era - 5/12/1945
...Sam in uniform, not Friends, "than to CURSE THE DARKNESS." That i ir
overalls.....T, Sgt. William bless THEm that CURSE you. do good put against which
Bradford, Pennsylvania Saturday, May 12, 1945 644 k
Pg. 6, col. 1:
"It is better to light a candle," says the Service Committee of the
American Friends, "than to curse the darkness." That is what the San Francisco
conference is trying to do.
Times Recorder - 11/3/1945
...club. THE meeting THEme wAs to LIGHT A CAndle ThAn CURSE THE DArkness. wAs
THE.....Frizzell home wAs -.'-'y converted for THE evening THE Home with
Zanesville, Ohio Saturday, November 03, 1945 874 k
Pg. 3, col. 6:
Mrs. Paul Morrison was hostess Wednesday to members of the Maysville
Country club. The meeting theme was "Better to Light a Candle Than Curse the
(O.T.: O.K. "Candle in the wind." I'll burn the Chicago Tribune!--ed.)
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