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born July 8, 1952; American author and founder of The Peace Alliance

The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.
Marianne Williamson

Just like a sunbeam can't separate itself from the sun, and a wave can't separate itself from
the ocean, we can't separate ourselves from one another. We are all part of a vast sea of
love, one indivisible divine mind.
Marianne Williamson

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 enlightening
about shrinking so that other people won't feel unsure around you. We were born to make
manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. 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

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.
Marianne Williamson

Thought is cause, experience is effect. If you don't like the effects in your life, you have to
change the nature of your thinking.
Marianne Williamson

You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The
truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you
can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think.
Marianne Williamson

Women are still in emotional bondage as long as we need to worry that we might have to
make a choice between being heard and being loved.
Marianne Williamson

Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and ablities were used in a
way that served others.
Marianne Williamson

In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In
every heart, there is the power to do it.
Marianne Williamson

May we not succumb to thoughts of violence and revenge today, but rather to thoughts of
mercy and compassion. We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right
minds.
Marianne Williamson

Maturity includes the recognition that no one is going to see anything in us that we don't see
in ourselves. Stop waiting for a producer. Produce yourself.
Marianne Williamson

When a woman rises up in glory, her energy is magnetic and her sense of possibility contagious.
Marianne Williamson

When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him, you will see
yourself. As you treat him, you will treat yourself. As you think of him, you will think of
yourself. Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself or lose yourself.
Marianne Williamson

Until we have seen someone's darkness, we don't really know who they are. Until we have
forgiven someone's darkness, we don't really know what love is.
Marianne Williamson

When an idea reaches critical mass there is no stopping the shift its presence will induce.
Marianne Williamson

In the century now dawning, spirituality, visionary consciousness, and the ability to build and
mend human relationships will be more important for the fate and safety of this nation than
our capacity to forcefully subdue an enemy. Creating the world we want is a much more subtle
but more powerful mode of operation than destroying the one we don't want.
Marianne Williamson

It is our own thoughts that hold the key to miraculous transformation.
Marianne Williamson

When a woman conceives her true self, a miracle occurs and life around her begins again.
Marianne Williamson

Whatever we focus on is bound to expand. Where we see the negative, we call forth more
negative. And where we see the positive, we call forth more positive. Having loved and lost, I
now love more passionately. Having won and lost, I now win more soberly. Having tasted the
bitter, I now savor the sweet.
Marianne Williamson

You know, the heart knows how to beat, and the lungs know how to breathe, and the
kidneys know how to process waste. We were born with similar perfection regarding food
appetites and what has happened for the person who is stuck at a compulsion or an addiction
regarding this issue is that that particular brain circuitry has been thrown out of whack. And
this book is a book about the spiritual healing of that non alignment. So that, once again, we
can in an other area of life express the perfection which is natural to us.
Marianne Williamson, A Course in Weight Loss

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past, but by the love we're not
extending in the present.
Marianne Williamson

Whether we love, or close our hearts to love, is a mental choice we make, every moment of
every day.
Marianne Williamson

Whenever we feel lost, or insane, or afraid, all we have to do is ask for His help. The help
might not come in the form we expected, or even thought we desired, but it will come, and
we will recognize it by how we feel. In spite of everything, we will feel at peace.
Marianne Williamson

Know that there's enough room for everyone to be passionate, creative and successful. In
fact, there's more than room for everyone; there is a need for everyone.
Marianne Williamson

As children, we were taught to be 'good' boys and girls, which of course implies we were not
that already. We were taught we're good if we clean up our room, or we're good if we make
good grades. Very few of us were taught that we're essentially good. Very few of us were
given a sense of unconditional approval, a feeling that we're precious because of what we
are, not what we do.
Marianne Williamson

Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for
the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.
Marianne Williamson

No one will listen to us until we listen to ourselves.
Marianne Williamson

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