Marianne Williamson

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I think we all need to be looking to the better angels of our own selves. We don't need to be looking for great people so much as becoming great people.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Angel
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We're hallucinating. And that's what this world is: a mass hallucination, where fear seems more real than love. Fear is an illusion. Our craziness, paranoia, anxiety and trauma are literally all imagined.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Real
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Beyond drama and chaos, beyond anxiety and fear, lies a zone of endless peace and love. Let's all take a very deep breath, slow down for just a moment and remember this. That alone will open the door.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Love
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The universe takes us as seriously as we take it.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Universe
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You can't remove that layer of pain by just saying, "Okay, I'm not going to wallow in it." The only way to remove that layer of pain is to face what it says and to recognize it as the look in the mirror that it is, reflecting the things you did that you wish you hadn't done and the things you didn't do that you wish you had done.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Pain
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Our prayer is not simply, ‘Dear God, please send me a better job,’ but, ‘Dear God, enable me to see this situation differently, that this area of apparent lack might be healed inside my mind.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Jobs
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God isn't a noun but a process...a continual, infinitely creative outpouring of love and light onto all living things.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Light
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Nobody wants to die feeling that they have not sung their song.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Song
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What a Beethoven, Shakespeare or Picasso has done is not create something, so much as they have accessed that place within themselves from which they could express that which has been created by God.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Creativity
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The only way to gain power in a world that is moving too fast is to learn to slow down. And the only way to spread one’s influence wide to learn how to go deep. The world we want for ourselves and our children will not emerge from electronic speed but rather from a spiritual stillness that takes root in our souls. Then, and only then, will we create a world that reflects the heart instead of shattering it.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Spiritual
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If our prayer is “Dear God, please use me to be of service,” then that is what we will be. And it is not for us to judge either the size or value of our gifts. Our job is to try to get out of the way, to defer to the spirit moving within us and become open channels for the flow of God’s love.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Jobs
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We can't look to the world to restore our worth; we're here to restore our worth to the world. The world outside us can reflect our glory, but it cannot create it. It cannot crown us. Only God can crown us, and he already has.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Looks
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When love is our guiding light, we can break through barriers to be of loving service to the world. Gaining the courage and confidence to stand up for what you believe in is not always easy, but it's fully within your reach.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Believe
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We shouldn’t use our own upset as an excuse for not helping.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Upset
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We are dominated on this planet by a fear-based rather than a love-based thought system.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Planets
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Only what I am not giving can be lacking in any situation.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Giving
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The week ahead is already programmed for fabulousness. Pray that your thinking be aligned with the force that makes it so.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Inspirational
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I think every writer lives for the thought that there will be a moment when somebody reads something on the page and says, "Yes!"
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Thinking
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The level of violence on the planet today is no longer sustainable.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Levels
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Environmentally, the planet will not sustain the kind of abuse it receives at our hands.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Hands
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A relationship is not meant to be the joining at the hip of two emotional invalids. The purpose of a relationship is not for two incomplete people to become one, but rather, for two complete people to join together for the greater glory of God.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Marriage
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Angry people cannot create a peaceful planet
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: People
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Love is who we are, and when we deviate from that love we're deviating from our ultimate, essential, eternal reality.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Reality
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To me, hope is a moral imperative. I have hope and faith in forces unseen.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Unseen
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Of course, a woman's choice to go out into the world is a very significant thing. But part of real liberation is recognizing that mothering is every bit as important as other kinds of work. I actually believe it's more important than anything we do out in the world.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Real
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If I say to my daughter, "Go say `hi' to Aunt Gertrude," there is a reason there. I'm teaching her manners. I think the idea that she'll say `hi' to Aunt Gertrude only if she wants to is the biggest crock of silliness I've ever heard. Yet I meet people everyday who were clearly brought up to think that if they didn't want to say "hi" to Aunt Gertrude, that was fine.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Daughter
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We are likely to feel better when we go to bed tonight if we have an internal sense that we spent our lives meaningfully today.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Feel Better
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The gap is not between knowing it and living it, it's between knowing it and living it consistently. You know, we've all had moments when we got it right. Most of us have moments when we get it right every day. The trouble is getting it right when a curve-ball comes at us.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Curves
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Life is hard enough, you don't have to embellish the drama!
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Drama
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I think that every moment you succumb to cynicism, you're taking energy away from change.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Thinking
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We need adventure, we need meaning, we need identity. We need love. Someone who has seen us through loving eyes has awakened us from the ranks of the formerly dead. Most people bear the terminal stress of walking the world unseen, a mere number or cog in a lifeless machine.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Stress
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The problem with most intimate relationships is that they are not romantic. They do not involve a deeper knowing, and thus there is diminished possibility of sacred, transformative sharing.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Intimate Relationships
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To be truly seen and understood - in all our innocence and glory and yes, our brokenness, too - is to be delivered into the spiritual ethers where both seen and seer are healed.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Spiritual
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Many people say they're looking for love, yet they're actually committed to never finding it. Many people would really rather not know the true scars and triumphs of the person who lies in their arms.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Lying
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Real love is comforting, to be sure, but not always at first.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Real
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It can take years of tears to melt the hardness that develops in this world, covering our tender, gentler inner selves. Tears for every devastating loss, tears for every humiliating failure, tears for every repeated mistake. Those who honor those tears, and even honor them, are not failures at love but rather its true initiates. First the pain and then the power. First the heart breaks and then it soars.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Pain
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People involved in the inner journey discover the value of the feminine, the spiritually receptive and inclusive aspect of human consciousness.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Journey
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If you have a longing in your heart to hear a deeper truth, there's a mysterious way in which that truth will find you.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Heart
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Some of us believe humanity should be in divine partnership with nature, some people believe that man has been given by God the right to have dominion over nature. But since even they say that we should be good stewards, that right there should be the common ground.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Believe
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It's tempting to think that decisions that are not life-and-death are therefore unimportant, and that the little compromises we make don't matter to our bottom line or our spiritual selves. How many of us are tempted, in business, to make a less-than-ethical decision? To appropriate someone else's idea or fudge some numbers? We have to remember that maintaining our ethical and spiritual selves is absolutely linked with achieving the degree of success we're working toward.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Spiritual
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Some professional writers write everyday no matter what and perhaps that's the way it should be done, but it's not the way I do it. If I'm not pregnant with words and I'm not in labor with them, I don't even try to bring them forth because they won't be any good anyway. Once I'm ready to deliver, it's like being pregnant. I've got to find a typewriter or a piece of paper. The only words that have ever had any possible value to others seem to have been those words that just had to come out.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Writing
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Because our consciousness is tied to the physical manifestation of reality, we are tied to the belief in separation.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Reality
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To the extent to which we believe in this world, we are heir to the laws which rule this place.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Believe
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If we come to see that this world does not have the final word, then we open our mind and therefore our entire lives to experience the possibility of infinite possibilities.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Mind
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I believe there is an evolutionary impulse toward good that is etched on every human heart. It is placed there by the hand of God.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Believe
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It's soul force that removed the English from India. It's soul force that brought down the Berlin Wall. It's soul force that gave life to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s struggle for civil rights.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Kings
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You can learn a lesson the first time, when it's presented in a package that is joyous - or at least palatable. But if you don't learn the lesson the first time, then there will be a second time and a third time. And each time it will just get harder and harder.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Lessons
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There is a lot of sixties-bashing going on these days that I don't agree with at all. I feel that extremely important ideals were brought to the forefront of the collective consciousness at that time. Granted, drug use was so pervasive that our generation did not as a group have the capacity to manifest our ideals to any great extent. But many of the people who were young in the sixties and who were most touched by that collective ethos are still touched.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Drug Use
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As you get older, you have more and more layers of experience to forgive, more layers of heartbreak, more layers of what you might think of as failure.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Thinking