Marianne Williamson Quotes

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Marianne Williamson speaks on “Everyday Grace”

“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’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’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Marianne Williamson

The famous passage from her book is often erroneously attributed to the inaugural address of Nelson Mandela. About the misattribution Williamson said, “Several years ago, this paragraph from A Return to Love began popping up everywhere, attributed to Nelson Mandela’s 1994 inaugural address. As honored as I would be had President Mandela quoted my words, indeed he did not. I have no idea where that story came from, but I am gratified that the paragraph has come to mean so much to so many people.”

A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

The bestselling spiritual guide in which Marianne Williamson shares her reflections on A Course in Miracles and her insights on the application of love in the search for inner peace.

Williamson reveals how we each can become a miracle worker by accepting God and by the expression of love in our daily lives. Whether psychic pain is in the area of relationships, career, or health, she shows us how love is a potent force, the key to inner peace, and how by practising love we can make our own lives more fulfilling while creating a more peaceful and loving world for our children.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

— Marianne Williamson

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

— Marianne Williamson

If I choose to bless another person, I will always end up feeling more blessed.

— Marianne Williamson

If your eyes were open to all the beauty in the world, you would be overwhelmed with joy.

— Marianne Williamson

If you’re busy regretting the past, then a new future can’t come in.

— Marianne Williamson

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

— Marianne Williamson

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.

— Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

— Marianne Williamson

Our problem is not that we don’t have power, so much as that we tend to not use the power we have.

— Marianne Williamson

Prepare for the new; expect the new; embrace the new. Otherwise, you’ll just repeat what’s old.

— Marianne Williamson

The love is real in any situation; everything else is just an illusion.

— Marianne Williamson

The void is no longer overwhelming, once you fill it with the divine.

— Marianne Williamson

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

— Marianne Williamson

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

— Marianne Williamson

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?

— Marianne Williamson

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.

— Marianne Williamson

Wherever you withhold your love, you deflect your miracle.

— Marianne Williamson

You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking.

— Marianne Williamson

You can focus on what’s wrong in your life, or you can focus on what’s right.

— Marianne Williamson