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This speaks to me:  "It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness."


ETA (from Everything2.com): 

The phrase "it's better to light a candle than curse the darkness" is a very slight alteration on the less common Chinese proverb "'Don't curse the darkness - light a candle."

The phrase itself found fame when Adlai Stevenson said of Eleanor Roosevelt "She would rather light candles than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world," in an address to the United Nations general assembly given in 1962.

And yes, Amnesty International's logo, that of a candle wrapped in barbed wire, was inspired by the Chinese proverb.2
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Ooh, I like that. Speaks to me also.

Do you know who said it?

It's sensible and inspiring. :)

Do you know who said it?

The answer is a bit on the long side, so I just edited the post.

To me that says it is better to solve the problem you are facing then complain about it.


hey mama mama :) just sending you some more db snuggles. :)

also, love that quote. hate people that just bitch. i like to bitch, but i also like to fix it. how about curse the darkness but then shut your mouth and light a friggin' candle? i'm so eloquent. ;)

The answer is a bit on the long side, so I just edited the post. :)

Hee :) OK.. *goes to look*

Was pondering something similar myself after my church home group last night where we watched a DVD with a speaker who said:

"Don't pray for God to feed the hungry person when you have more food than you need."

I have two little phrases I try to live by:

Be the solution.
Be responsible for everything in your life.

p.s. ohmigoodness - great header - saw the film Saturday night - talk about pure adrenaline!

And into the fire - cracking tune!

Edited at 2008-07-30 10:27 am (UTC)

"Don't pray for God to feed the hungry person when you have more food than you need."

While I am not religious, I believe strongly in helping your fellow human beings. That's a wonderful quote. :)

Be the solution.
Be responsible for everything in your life.


Wise words to live by, H.

Re: The Dark Knight, wasn't it awesome!?!? (Pls excuse the enthusiastic and overly creative punctuation. *g*)

Into the Fire has always been one of my Sarah faves. It was among the first of her songs that I heard, back when the only place I could hear her was on this tiny indie radio program that aired on Sunday mornings. :)

You may (and probably do) already know this, but that is Amnesty International's motto. I heard that for the first time when I was in 10th grade and have tried to live by it as much as possible.

This one is also good:

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yes to AI, and I like that Emerson quote! Very inspiring. ♥

Very apt for me these last few days. Thank you for sharing.

Hugs to you.

Very cool saying, I like it a lot! :) Thanks for sharing it!

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