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Re: Cristy

Posted by Smokey Stover on September 10, 2008 at 05:32

In Reply to: Re: 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?

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: It means that rather than just complaining about a situation, one should do something to put things right.

: DFG

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.

I see that this query has made its way into our archive previously. See:

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