[Ads-l] better to light the candle than to curse the darkness - 1907

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Mar 20 21:59:01 EDT 2017

Way back in October 2009 I initiated a thread about the saying in the
subject line. Now there is an entry on the Quote Investigator website:

Better to Light a Candle Than to Curse the Darkness


On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 6:15 AM, Garson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> "Yet is it far better to light the candle than to curse the darkness."
> Citation: "The Supreme Conquest: and Other Sermons Preached in
> America" by William Lonsdale Watkinson, Fleming H. Revell Company, New
> York, page 218, 1907.
> The book is downloadable from Google Books and the document appears to
> be correctly dated.
> Page 418 of YBQ gives a 1940 citation and suggests it "may indeed have
> been a Chinese saying". ADS-L archives have a post in 2004 with
> citations in the 1940s. Encarta Book of Quotations says it is a
> "Chinese Proverb".

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