“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. 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. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights 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 (born 1952);
Author, Lecturer

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This poem "our deepest fear"inspires me a lot it takes me to a journey of soul searching and it makes me unleash all the positive energies in me.
Mpho Moroatshehla about 1 month ago from Duduza

I just love this speech. Very inspiring. And cause me to take a deeper look at myself inwardly.
Chiquita 3 months ago from Winston-Salem, NC

That is my favourite speech, i like that.
samson Ameh 4 months ago from Abuja Nigeria

it does not only inspires but makes you feel in place to handle any form of situation that present it self i'm inspired
sophia 4 months ago from ughelli

It speaks to the part of me that I have forced to play small not to "outshine" others.
Zamo 4 months ago from P.E

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