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
Author, Lecturer

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It's spirtual, motivational and inspirational quote, ilove and like it
Bojanola N.

Its inspiring and motivating. I love it!
Olusegun I. Olusuyi, Ibadan, O Yo State

This poem made my change and see my life in a different perspective,it is very power and tells nothing but the truth
Azola Mbele, Alberton

Pure Truth.
Ruby Clarke, Dundee

ITS NOT JUST IN SOME OF US;BUT ITS IN EVERYONE. This poem makes me to believe that irrespective of who i am,where i come from,i can make it in live because am meant to shine in life.
Adebanjo Adenike Hephzibah, Ogun State

This piece of Literature, so amazingly and articulately put together, is one of the most powerful and inspirational I've read in all my years. It makes me feel proud of myself and my self esteem is through the roof. I love it.
Olayne, Guyana

I was so inspired by this, when I first read it that I modified it to 1st Person and read it each day...My 1st person version starts out "My deepest fear is not that I am inadequate. My deepest fear is that I....." I went through the whole thing and modified it to 1st person and it made it real for me in my life and a much more powerful experience when reading it. Try it !!!
Steve, Dallas, Tx Usa

YOUR PLAYING SMALL DOES NOT SERVE THE WORLD. THIS POEM IS NOT FOR LAZY PEOPLE....
Bongani, Tsakane,South Africa

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, Duduza

I just love this speech. Very inspiring. And cause me to take a deeper look at myself inwardly.
Chiquita, Winston Salem, Nc

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