In Reply to: Cristy posted by David FG on September 09, 2008 at 20:12:
: : Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. What does it mean?
: It means that rather than just complaining about a situation, one should do something to put things right.
The usual form is, "It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness." I think the presence of the word "single" is important, as it emphasizes that even if you can't shed MUCH light, you can generate at least a little, which makes all the difference between light and darkness.
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