Adlai Stevenson (1900–1965), U.S. Democratic politician. quoted in New York Times (Nov. 8, 1962).
Comment on learning of Eleanor Roosevelt's death. Stevenson was quoting the motto of the Christopher Society, "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." According to Brewer's Quotations, ed. Nigel Rees (1994), this in turn is a Chinese proverb.