Nelson Mandela’s poem — not?

remember Mandela’s poem?

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 frightens us.
we ask ourselves: who am i to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
actually, who are you not to be?
there is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
your playing small does not serve the world.
and when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

Postscript: Apparently, I unintentionally misquoted Mr. Mandela; my apologies. The jury is still out as to who actually authored these lines…


5 responses to “Nelson Mandela’s poem — not?

  1. Note About Nelson Mandela

    This quote is often found on the Internet incorrectly credited to Nelson Mandela from his Inauguration Speech, 1994, especially the last sentence of that quote, “As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

    For reference, here are links to two official African government sites with Nelson Mandela’s 1994 Inauguration Speech:

    * Mandela: Inauguration Address – Cape Town, 09 May 1994, via South Africa Government Online Official Web site.
    * Statement Of The President Of The African National Congress Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela At His Inauguration As President Of The Democratic Republic Of South Africa Union Buildings – Pretoria, 10 May 1994, via ANC’s (African National Congress) Official Web site.

  2. I absolutely love these two lines:
    “our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
    our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

    Thanks for reminding me of this great poem!

  3. It was Maryann Williamson in her beautiful book “A Return to Love”

  4. nelson is a powerful man and i take heed to his words Thank you
    LOVE YOU NELSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    and to be six teen and talkin about history nelson i need you to make a speech for memphis tn because all of this crime is not going to do it

  5. Yes it was Marrianne Williamson, based on A Course in Miracles

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