Clarifying Attribution

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 is not just in some of us; it is 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

This quote is often misattributed to Nelson Mandela’s inauguration speech of 1994. Here are links to his speech:

South Africa Government Online website

African National Congress website

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One Comment on “Clarifying Attribution”

  1. zenchick Says:

    I absolutely love this quote, and when I first saw it it was attributed to Mandella.

    Imagine my surprise when I finally read Williamson’s “Return To Love” and saw it as part of the text??