better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness

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Etymology[edit]

Often claimed to be an ancient Chinese proverb

Earliest known usage is in W. L. Watkinson's sermon 'The Invincible Strategy' collected in 1907 in The Supreme Conquest.[1].

Proverb[edit]

It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness

  1. In the face of bad times or hopelessness, it is more worthwhile to do some good, however small, in response than to complain about the situation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=WFU3AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA218#v=onepage&q&f=false