This has been a favorite quote of mine for a long time. I found it while in high school, after watching the movie Coach Carter and searching online for “that one quote.”
Once found, I memorized it and then wrote the beginning of the quote on little piece of paper and stuck it in my wallet so I would stumble upon it every once and a while and feel re-inspired. Later I found the rest of the quote online, and I have decided that I like the second half even better (especially the last two lines).
At some point, I’d love to read the book where this comes from. If it’s anything like the quote, it’s probably amazing.
“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’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, in A Return to Love