Madwoman Out of the Attic

a feminist trudging forward in a patriarchal world

Thursday, October 13, 2005


I'm not a big quote person. There's rarely one I care enough about to write down. But I thought this was great.

"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and 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 were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone. And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

- Marianne Williamson (famously quoted by Nelson Mandela)


Blogger jana said...

what a beautiful quotation! it made me feel really good to read that today.

thank you :)

10/14/2005 2:45 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

glad you liked it. Had you heard it before? Mormons like to quote it in Sacrament talks.

10/15/2005 8:37 AM  
Blogger jana said...

I think I have, or at least something close to it. Sounds a lot like some of the things that CS Lewis has said that LDS like to quote.

10/15/2005 1:22 PM  

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