Marianne Williamson

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I believe that the most urgent need of parents today is to instill in our children a moral vision: what does it mean to be a good person, an excellent neighbor, a compassionate heart? What does it mean to say that God exits, that He loves us and He cares for us? What does it mean to love and forgive each other? Parents and caregivers of children must play a primary role in returning our society to a healthy sense of the sacred. We must commit to feeding our children’s souls in the same way we commit to feeding their bodies.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Children
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Sometimes, when I talk to someone who has just been diagnosed with cancer or some other illness, I'll remind them: "If you were honest with yourself, you were depressed before this happened. And if this were over you would be happy for a couple of weeks, a couple of months, and then something else would come along."
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Collection: Couple
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Motherly love - putting the care of children before every other consideration - is the ultimate intelligence of nature.
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Collection: Children
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The real transformation of the world comes not from what we are doing but from the consciousness from which we are doing it.
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Collection: Real
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Imagine a temple inside your mind, a haven from the chaos of the world. Visit often.
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Collection: Mind
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We shouldn’t come up with a pseudo-spiritual excuse for turning away from the pain of the world.
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Collection: Spiritual
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Love is not neutral. It takes a stand. It is a commitment to the attainment of the conditions of peace for everyone involved in a situation.
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Collection: Commitment
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Nobody has to tell me about the glories of the capitalist system. But what concerns me is that there no longer seems to be a commitment to make the opportunities afforded by technology and capitalism universally accessible.
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Collection: Commitment
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To me, liberation doesn't mean that I can think just like a man. Real liberation means that I can think, act, and be like a woman and receive equal respect, honor, and compensation.
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Collection: Real
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I find being a mother harder than I though it was going to be. That is a tremendous revelation for me personally. Much more time, more care, more attention and more effort needs to be spent on care for the children. That will save the world at large.
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Collection: Mother
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The entire world would feel the vibration if America returned to its heart.
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Collection: Heart
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There is a lot to look at when you are serious about transformation. You look at everything you've ever done, every circumstance you've ever been in, cleaning up everything in your past. Reconciling, forgiving others, forgiving yourself. It's a lot of work, actually.
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Collection: Past
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Atoms are driven by consciousness. In proximity to love, they move in harmonious collaboration with other atoms. When in proximity to fear, they become disharmonious and chaotic. We choose each moment the energy that surrounds us.
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Collection: Moving
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Whether we love, or close our hearts to love, is a mental choice we make, every moment of every day.
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Collection: Love
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We will make love an art and we will love like artists.
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Collection: Art
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The enlightened world will be one in which everyone is in love with everyone all the time. We will see each other as God created us: as the perfect, loving, and lovable people we really are. The purpose of romantic love is to jump-start our enlightenment.
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Collection: Romantic Love
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So many of us have not attended to the deeper issues in ourselves; in our minds, our hearts, and in our external manifestations that keep love at bay. We instead concentrate on making a list of what we're looking for in another person.
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Collection: Heart
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Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?
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Collection: Inspiring
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Relationships are the Holy Spirit's laboratories in which He brings together people who have the maximal opportunity for mutual growth.
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Collection: Opportunity
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The issue of spiritual power is to meet the limited mortal circumstance with unlimited thought.
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Collection: Spiritual
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To bear witness to all the unnecessary suffering on the planet and make ourselves available to service - whatever that means for each of us. We go deep in our personal relationships in America, but we need to go deep in our public relationships as well.
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Collection: Mean
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As you get older, life gets harder if you're not applying spiritual truths.
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Collection: Spiritual
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Genuine transcendence doesn't just look away from human suffering and say, "I am at peace, so I'm at the mountaintop." Genuine transcendence looks human suffering in the eye and attains peace because of a faith in things unseen.
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Collection: Eye
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Higher thought forms trump lower ones. In the presence of a high frequency of human consciousness, all lower thought forms ultimately drop of their own dead weight.
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Collection: Weight
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The voices of fear are so loud today. The voices of love should never shout, but neither should they whisper - not at a time like this.
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Collection: Voice
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You can know everything that the books have to say, but ultimately it boils down to whether we do the inner work of devotion and surrender, whether we can put aside our own agendas and allow the spirit to move through us.
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Collection: Moving
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There is an emergent enlightenment appearing today, unique to no particular culture or ethnicity. Anyone who chooses to be, is its conduit.
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Collection: Inspirational
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Embryos turn into babies; buds turn into blossoms; acorns turn into oak trees. The same programming that exists in them exists in each of us - to manifest our highest potential. What is the difference between those things and us? That we can say no...So today, say yes.
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Collection: Inspirational
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There is no way that carrying fifty or sixty extra pounds is easy on your heart, your lungs, or your liver. That's a fact. Every person in the world, no matter what size, shape, or form they are, deserves respect and love. But that doesn't mean we are supposed to pretend that something is healthy when in fact it is not.
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Collection: Mean
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The universe is not only self-organizing, it is also self-correcting.
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Collection: Self
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I think the heartbreak of September 11 - America's grief not only over the loss of life but also the loss of our own innocence -has expanded us as people because it has tenderized our hearts. On a psychological level, the American people have matured as a result of that awful day.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Grief
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We are beautiful because God created us that way
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Collection: Beautiful
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We are more afraid of excellence than of failure.
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Collection: Excellence
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You've done the bourgeois thing, perhaps, but let's not call that love.
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Collection: Done
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Harry Potter is one boy in a long line of mythical heroes who have reminded the human race that we are so much more than we think we are, so much more powerful than we seem to know. Jesus said that we would someday do even greater works than He; should we not take Him at His word? And should not 'someday' be today? It's time for us to start working miracles, if indeed we have the capacity within us to do so.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Jesus
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...a miracles is a reasonable thing to ask for.
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Collection: Miracle
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You are loved, and your purpose is to love.
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Collection: Purpose
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Hatred is the spiritual malignancy of our species, and like any other form of cancer, does its most terrible work not outwardly, but from within us.
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Collection: Spiritual
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Love will be our medicine.
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Collection: Medicine
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God gives us His strength by giving us His vision of things. Our seeing people as innocent is the only way to achieve God’s peace.
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Collection: People
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Think of one person who you are tempted for any reason to withhold love from, and pray for their happiness. In that moment your pain will stop.
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Collection: Pain
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When our minds are filled with light, there is no room for darkness
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Collection: Light
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The spiritual journey, the path of recovery and personal growth, is a detoxification process in which we bring up and out the negative beliefs we have carried with us from the past and that now poison the present.
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Collection: Spiritual
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Don't go to work to make money; go to work to spread joy.
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Collection: Joy
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Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
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Collection: Greatest Fear
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Love can be a huge mountain, a gentle garden, a raging storm, a cool breeze, or a perfect bath. But there is always fire somewhere nearby. There is always the red-hot stuff of the soul's initiation. If there isn't fire, then it isn't love ... If it doesn't insist that you move to your next level, if it doesn't take your heart and make it explode in a million pieces, only to fall back together again in some Moment of enlightened understanding, then you haven't really loved.
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Collection: Moving
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Physically, we get older and then we die. Yet spiritually, whether we go backward or forward is a matter not of the body but of consciousness. When we think about age differently, then our experience of it changes. We can be physically older but emotionally and psychologically younger. Some of us were in a state of decay in our 20s and are in a state of re-birth in our 60s or 70s. King Solomon, who supposedly was the wisest of all men, described his youth as his winter and his advanced years as his summer. We can be older than we used to be yet feel much younger than we are.
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Collection: Summer
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What the ego doesn't want us to see is that our pain doesn't come from the love we weren't given in the past, but from the love we ourselves aren't giving in the present.
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Collection: Pain
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Accepting people as they are has the miraculous effect of helping them improve. Acceptance doesn't prohibit growth; rather, it fosters it.
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Collection: Acceptance