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

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„She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world.“

—  Adlai Stevenson mid-20th-century Governor of Illinois and Ambassador to the UN 1900 - 1965
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„The times are too grave, the challenge too urgent, and the stakes too high — to permit the customary passions of political debate. We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future.“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
Context: But I think the American people expect more from us than cries of indignation and attack. The times are too grave, the challenge too urgent, and the stakes too high — to permit the customary passions of political debate. We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future. As Winston Churchill said on taking office some twenty years ago: if we open a quarrel between the present and the past, we shall be in danger of losing the future. Today our concern must be with that future. For the world is changing. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do. [... ] It is a time, in short, for a new generation of leadership — new men to cope with new problems and new opportunities.

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„Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.“

—  Anne Frank victim of the Holocaust and author of a diary 1929 - 1945
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„To see a candle’s light, one must take it into a dark place.“

—  Ursula K. Le Guin American writer 1929
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„I shall curse you with book and bell and candle.“

—  Thomas Malory English writer, author of ''Le Morte d'Arthur'' 1405 - 1471
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