a little light

'A little light', said the Jewish mystics, 'drives away much darkness.' And when light is joined to light, mine to yours and yours to others, the dance of flames, each so small, yet together so intricately beautiful begins to show that hope is not an illusion. Evil, injustice, oppression, cruelty do not have the final word. Perhaps it is true that 'from the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing was ever made'. But do we need it to be straight to point upward to be good? All I can say is what I feel: that the people I have met who have lit candles in other people's lives have given me the strength to carry on.

- Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.

- Erasmus

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