Posted by: Jodi | May 23, 2010

Quickly Quotable #9

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

This is my all time favorite quote; I pull it out when I need a little boost.  It is often miscredited to Nelson Mandela due the the similarity in the last line of the quote to one of his famous sayings.



  1. One of my favorites too!

    We think in sync!

    Do not delay, the golden moments fly! Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    • Wow, that’s uncanny! Great minds think alike.

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  3. It is credited to Nelson Mandela because he quoted the entire thing at his first inaugural address. It is one of my favorite, and I have it typed and framed on a table in my house.

    • There has been a lot of confusion about this particular quote. I looked up his inaugural address and couldn’t find it in there, although there were many thoughts in common. Needless to say, it’s the ideas inside the quote that and he believes in them.

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