The above quote — “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” — showed up in my Facebook feed today. It really resonated with me, as I spent the last couple of days doing a lot of cursing the darkness.
Alas, it turns out that the above isn’t actually a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, though something close was said of her. In his 1962 eulogy of Roosevlelt, Adlai Stevenson said that she “would rather light a candle than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world.” But Stevenson isn’t the originator of the quote either; it’s actually a Chinese proverb.
But whatever the origin, I like the sentiment. Note to self: start going in search of some candles for the future!