Posted by Marianne Williamson on July 21, 1996 at 09:56:08:
In Reply to: Mandela's speech posted by Bill Cecil on July 20, 1996 at 17:57:49:
Yep, that writing is two paragraphs from my l992 book "A RETURN TO LOVE."(In the WORK section, in a chapter called PERSONAL POWER) Seeing it printed everywhere as a Nelson Mandela quote has been a rather strange experience .. he definitely did not quote it in his inaugural, by the way. I have heard that he used the material in a lesser speech (so said his office), but I have never seen the text, so I don't know what the context or attribution was.
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"Our worst 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 so brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?' Actually, who are we not to be? You are a child of God: Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightening 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 of us, it is 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."
Widely mis-attributed to Nelson Mandela
You will find it attributed as "Nelson Mandela, 1994 Inaugural Speech"
It is not
"He never spoke these words in his speeches that year."
It is correctly attributed to
© Marianne Williamson, 1992
Found in "A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles" Harper Collins, Chapter 7, Section 3, 1992.
http://www.fortunecity.com/meltingpot/l ... tella.html
Here is Mandela's 1994 Inaugural Speech
http://www.polity.org.za/govdocs/speech ... ugpta.html