Posts Tagged ‘Our deepest fear’

Marianne Williamson, Not Nelson Mandela

February 3, 2009

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 and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s 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

Marianne Williamson




This inspiring quote has been commonly misattributed to South African civil rights leader Nelson Mandela. It is actually from Marianne Williamson‘s classic 1992 book, A Return To Love. You can find it on pages 190-191.




Mandela reportedly included this quote, or a portion of it, in his inauguration speech when he (more…)