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Candle Quotes About Shining Bright and Bringing the Light

There is something so powerful about watching a tiny candle flame illuminate the space around you, or holding that flame in the palm of your hand.

Candles are often used to symbolize light shining in the darkness that often accompanies life, and it is easy to see why.

Reading a candle quote from Anne Frank, about how a candle can define and defy the darkness, drives home the idea that even those who have seen the darkest of moments have been able to find a light that leads them out.

That light also acts as a beacon for others and shows them the way.

It is not surprising that candles are also used in religion and have religious symbolism.

Many of these candle quotes from spiritual teachers like Buddha or religious figures like St. Francis remind us to search for truth and enlightenment.

A candle is also lit when people die to symbolize finding light in the afterlife.

It is also meant as a physical representation of Jesus Christ, who is often described as “the light.”

A candle is a symbol of purification and cleansing, which explains why the candle is used in many religious and spiritual ceremonies.

It is so much more than that though, so keep reading to find out why a candle is just life.

Don’t forget to also check out these inspirational light quotes on becoming awakened.

Check out our most popular quote article, a list of short inspirational quotes for daily inspiration.

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1. “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” ― Edith Wharton

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2. “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” ― James Keller

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3. “To light a candle is to cast a shadow.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin

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4. “Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.” ― William Arthur Ward

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5. “Man loves company – even if it is only that of a small burning candle.” ― Georg C. Lichtenberg

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6. “Burn not thy fingers to snuff another man’s candle.” ― James Howell

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7. “Live as intensely as possible, burn your candle of life from both ends.” ― Osho

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8. “Carry a candle in the dark, be a candle in the dark, know that you’re a flame in the dark.” ― Ivan Illich

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9. “There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.” ― Rumi

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10. “It is not necessary to light a candle to the sun.” ― Algernon Sidney

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11. “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ― Buddha

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12. “Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.” ― Buddha

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13. “Do not give them a candle to light the way, teach them how to make fire instead. That is the meaning of enlightenment.” ― Kamand Kojouri

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14. “Do not worry if all the candles in the world flicker and die. We have the spark that starts the fire.” ― Rumi

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15. “A candle is at its brightest in the dark.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

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16. “To see a candle’s light one must take it into a dark place.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin

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17. “Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. It is the extinguishing of the flame because day is come.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

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18. “I prize every candle in the darkness of the universe, even if it is not a supernova of blinding illumination.” ― Thomas Flanagan

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19. “Don’t be like a candle! Because the candle dies while making others happy! Clever is the one who finds a way to make others happy without sacrificing himself!” ― Mehmet Murad Ildan

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20. “The teacher is like the candle which lights others in consuming itself.” ― Giovanni Ruffini

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Funny candle quotes that will make you laugh

21. “You know you’re getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It’s like, ‘See if you can blow this out.’” ― Jerry Seinfeld

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22. “I remember when the candle shop burned down. Everyone stood around singing ‘Happy Birthday.’” ― Steven Wright

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23. “I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn’t have one. So I got a cake.” ― Mitch Hedberg

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24. “Be able to blow out a dinner candle without sending wax flying across the table.” ― Marilyn Vos Savant

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25. “I’m the least spiritual person in the world. I can’t even abide a smelly candle. I know it’s meant to make me relax, and that immediately makes my hackles rise.” ― Jenny Eclair

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26. “Electricity is a wonderful thing. Do you realize that if we didn’t have electricity, we’d be watching television by candlelight?” ― Tommy Cooper

27. “When Thomas Edison worked late into the night on the electric light, he had to do it by gas lamp or candle. I’m sure it made the work seem that much more urgent.” ― George Carlin

28. “The reason there’s no modern-day Shakespeare is because he didn’t have anything to do except sit in a room with a candle and think.” ― Chris Cornell

29. “Who needs a candle snuffer? You have air to blow out a candle. I don’t need a snuffer to put it out.” ― Georgia Toffolo

30. “I like my candles like I like my people; non-toxic!” ― Unknown

Religious and symbolic candle quotes

31. “Christians should never fail to sense the operation of an angelic glory. It forever eclipses the world of demonic powers, as the sun does a candle’s light.” ― Billy Graham

32. “The gospel needs to be preached all over the world. You cannot light a candle and put it under a roof.” ― T. B. Joshua

33. “Why would anyone walk through life satisfied with the light from the candle of their own understanding when, by reaching out to our Heavenly Father, they could experience the bright sun of spiritual knowledge that would expand their minds with wisdom and fill their souls with joy?” ― Dieter F. Uchtdorf

34. “When God comes into your life, He lights a candle in your soul.” ― Anita Bryant

35. “To light one candle to God and another to the Devil is the principle of wisdom.” ― Jose Bergamin

36. “We say God and the imagination are one… How high that highest candle lights the dark.” ― Wallace Stevens

37. “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” ― Francis of Assisi

38. “The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason, the morning daylight appears planer when you put out your candle.” ― Benjamin Franklin

39. “No wonder God chose this dark land to send prophets to, for a candle only shines in the dark.” ― Rami Ollaik

40. “The candles were adored and worshipped like idols, for, after all, they invoked the gods of light.” ― Dean F. Wilson, Lifemaker

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41. “Sometimes I light incense and a candle. It’s so peaceful and quiet. The steadiness of the energy and the reliability of the warmth have a calming effect.” ― Cindy Williams

42. “We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us thru that darkness to a safe and sane future.” ― John F. Kennedy

43. “Wisdom holds a candle to experience, but you’ve got to take the candle and walk alone.” ― Lauren Kate

44. “Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” ― Anne Frank

45. “Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” ― George Bernard Shaw

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46. “I think there’s something in the human psyche that we’re titillated by the person who flies too close to the candle and their wings get singed.” ― Jeffrey Combs

47. “Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.” ― François de La Rochefoucauld

48. “It is a great pity but tis certain from every day’s observation of man, that he may be set on fire like a candle, at either end, provided there is a sufficient wick standing out.” ― Laurence Sterne

49. “How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.” ― William Shakespeare

50. “Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.” ― James Russell Lowell

Candle quotes that symbolize life

51. “Those candle flames were like the lives of men. So fragile.” -Brandon Sanderson

52. “Each time a person passes by you and you say ‘hello’, imagine that person turning into a candle. The more positivity, love and light you reflect, the more light is mirrored your way.” -Suzy Kassem

53. “In regards to the candle that burns at both ends- how brilliant the light is for the beholder!” -Maddy Kobar

54. “Sometimes you have to be like a candle! What is the mission? To illuminate the darkness? So, no questions asked, just do the job, burn in silence! Set your mission and be like a candle, do your job, quietly, calmly, without complaining, without speaking, in silence!”  -Mehmet Murat ildan 

55. “At some point your candle will go out, so make use of the light.”  -Shaun Hick 

56. “Simple is her aim; to be a candle that lightens the world with the name of the Beloved.”  -Mahrukh Memon

57. “I was a candle that had never known a flame, and now that the flame was lit, I softened and glowed in a way I had not known was possible.”  -Danielle Teller

58. “Your happiness shouldn’t come with victims. It’s possible to split the light. Your candle can light mine. What is happiness if it doesn’t make another smile?”  -Nesta Jojoe Erskine

59. “I am a candle in a world full of flashlights.”  -Rainbow Harvest 

60. “The candle is the light of life that is constantly thriving to hang on and light up the darkness of life.”  -Enock Maregesi

More candle quotes to give you a glimmer of hope

61. “Stars are the universe’s candles.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

62. “A candle, a book and a peaceful person mean three candles for the world!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

63. “Our life here is but one burning candle in time – why do we worry so much?” ― Bert McCoy

64. “Kind people never live for themselves; they are like a candle. A candle never stops lighting up for others even when it melts.” ― Bruce Mbanzabugabo

65. “A friend is the wax that keeps the flame lit, an enemy is the wind that blows it out.” ― Anthony Liccione

66. “May the people walking in darkness see the dawn of a glorious light.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

67. “Leadership is like candlelight. It helps bring forth light in the darkness.” ― Gift Gugu Mona

68. “Just as one candle lights another and can light thousands of other candles, so one heart illuminates another heart and can illuminate thousands of other hearts.” ― Leo Tolstoy

69. “Blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter.” ― Jacqueline Vance

70. “If you have the knowledge, let others light their candles in it.” ― Margaret Fuller

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71. “Everybody is a candle, true. But not everybody is lit.” -Harbhajan Singh

72. “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

73. “Mums are like candles, they light the way.” -Author Unknown

74. “In a night full of pain and darkness, be a candle spreading the light until dawn.” -Rumi

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75. “A candle in the wind is as valiant as a star in the sky.” -Author Unknown

76. “Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.” -Roy Bennett

77. “I believe that it’s better to light one candle than to promise a million light bulbs.” -Stephen Harper

78. “If the night is dark, share the candle.” -Kitty Von Tastique

79. “Enthusiasm is the match that lights the candle of achievement.” -William Arthur Ward

80. “If you have a candle, the light won’t glow any dimmer if I light yours off mine.” -Steven Tyler 

Candle Quotes That Are Full Of Wisdom

81. “I want to shine like a little candle before His altar.” ― Therese of Lisieux

82. “As one candle is lit from the flame of another, so is faith kindled by faith.” ― Romano Guardini

83. “In the very darkness of a stupid society, even a little candle deserves a great honour!”― Mehmet Murat ildan

84. “A restaurant with candles and flowers evokes more reveries than the Isle of Bali does.” ― Mason Cooley

85. “A candle may burn with a desire for light just as wood may burn with a desire for warmth.” ― Anthony T. Hincks

86. “I am volatile for one, rigid for another, angular as an icicle in silver, or voluptuous as a candle flame in gold.” ― Virginia Woolf

87. “If you melt while looking at a melting candle, then you are a true romantic!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

88. “The candle is not lit To give light, but to testify to the night.” ― Robert Bly

89. “Maybe there is another who sees life not as a flickering candle but as a torch that can illuminate an undiscovered world.” ― Jimmy Buffett

90. “A scholar is a candle which the love and desire of all men will light.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

What did you learn from these candle quotes?

So, you know a candle is often used to symbolize life but just what is it about a candle that reminds us of life?

Well, there are actually a few things. For starters, the candle has a finite amount of time that it can be lit.

When it reaches the point where it can no longer remain lit, it “goes out.”

This is symbolic of our lifespans. We can share and spread our light with the world for just a short period of time before our candles eventually stop burning.

Sometimes, our candles are left to burn to the very end, and other times they are blown out while there is much of the candlestick remaining.

These are those tragic moments in life, which Elton John so eloquently referred to with his Candle in the Wind lyric, “Your candle burned out long before your legend ever will.”

Most of us hope to live a life where our legends continue burning in the hearts of others, in some way, long after we are gone.

This is one way that we strive for life to be more like the candle.

A candle burns brightly the whole time it burns, it doesn’t matter if it was just lit, or has been burning for a while.

Not enough of us in this world find the thing that makes us burn the brightest.

We tend to burn and then go out for a little while before burning again.

Others might get a little closer and manage to stay lit, except for a few periods where they flicker and come back.

Imagine what your life would look like if you stayed lit and were the brightest candle you could be for all of your life?

What do you think that would look like for you?

What’s your biggest takeaway from these candle quotes and sayings?

Let us know how you think life is like a candle or vice versa in the comment section below.

Danielle Dahl, Lead Contributor
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  1. Suus Regnum

    January 28, 2022 at 4:19 PM

    Thank you Danielle for compiling this wonderful assortment of candle quotes. Many of these were unfamiliar to me. I agree with and thoroughly enjoyed you closing comments. May you continue to burn at your brightest and light up this world. Exactly what I was looking for.

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