Marianne Williamson

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I take very seriously this notion that my highest job is to live a better life, all the time and to the best of my ability. I need to monitor my own progress - take my own inventory - and clean my own closet. I am trying to do all that.
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Collection: Jobs
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I am trying to be in that alchemical soup of human transformation. I am trying to process, reconcile, forgive, let go, and grieve, when necessary.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Letting Go
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I think there is a place where self-awareness becomes self-preoccupation if you don't take what you have discovered and bring it to bear on the conditions of the world.
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Collection: Thinking
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Life is a constant back-and-forth. We take a breath in and then we breathe out. The same is true for the culture as a whole.
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Collection: Culture
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Capitalism has been really good to me. I'm very fortunate: I have written books and my books have sold.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Book
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When I was a child, my society lifted me up - though education primarily, as well as through other kinds of cultural stimulation. It wasn't just my parents or my religious community. The entire society lifted me up to the bottom rung of the ladder. Then they said, "Girl, it's up to you whether or not you climb." I don't have a problem with that. I think that is the best way to go about living.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Girl
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For a society as abundant and as blessed as ours, to have as many disadvantaged children as we have does not bode well for our long-term economic future.
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Collection: Children
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I don't like the tendency on the part of so many people today to think that those who don't agree with them are bad. In fact, I find that very dangerous.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Thinking
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I don't think that anything that anyone is doing today that is being pointed at as the "enemy" or "the problem" is as dangerous to our future as the fact that there are so many pointed fingers. The pointed finger is the enemy.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Thinking
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The cosmic spotlight isn't pointed at you; it radiates from within you.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Spotlight
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There is within each of us the possibility of magnificence. Every moment is an opportunity to make it manifest. Let the spirit awaken you to a miraculous life.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Opportunity
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There cannot be too many glorious women.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Women
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I am a glorious child of God. I am joyful, serene, positive, and loving.
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Collection: Love
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Birth is violent, whether it be the birth of a child or the birth of an idea.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Children
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Be the most wonderful expression of you that you're capable of.
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Collection: Expression
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Our deepest need is to be seen.
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Collection: Needs
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Forgiveness is 'selective remembering'--a conscious decision to focus on love and let the rest go.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Focus
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By bringing the past into the present, we create a future just like the past. By letting the past go, we make room for miracles.
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Collection: Past
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Dear God, I surrender this thought to you, for I would see the miracle that lies behind it. Amen.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Lying
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We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right minds.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Revenge
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How tragic it is that so often we stop everything just as we reach the starting line. We must move past the narcissistic preoccupation with getting the love we think 'works' for us. The point of love is to make us grow, not to make us immediately happy. Many of us have forsworn the chance for the deepest love in reaching out for the easier one.
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Collection: Moving
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There are no different categories of love. There isn't one kind of love between a mother and child, another between lovers, and another between friends. The love that is real is the love that lies at the heart of all relationships. That is the love of God and it doesn't change with form or circumstance.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Love
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In all the huge and amazing and infinitely varied world--there is only one you.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: World
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For many people, God is a frightening idea. Asking God for help doesn't seem very comforting if we think of Him as something outside ourselves, or capricious, or judgmental. But God is love and He dwells within us. We are created in His image, or mind, which means that we are extensions of His love, or Sons and Daughters of God.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Daughter
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As far as nonviolence and Spiritual Activism, Marshall Rosenberg is it! Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, is essential reading for anyone who wants to improve their communication skills. Applying the concepts within the book will help guide the reader towards a more loving, compassionate, and nonviolent way of understanding and functioning with others, and foster more compassion in the world. I highly recommend this book.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Spiritual
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the spiritual meaning of every situation [is] not what happens to us, but what we do with what happens to us and who we decide to become because of what happens to us. The only real failure is the failure to grow from what we go through.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Spiritual
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Think of your career as your ministry. Make your work an expression of love in service to mankind.
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Collection: Thinking
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Spiritual Work is not easy. It means the willingness to surrender feelings that seem, while we're in them, like our defense against a greater pain. It means that we surrender to God our perceptions of all things.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Spiritual
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To forgive is merely to remember only the loving thoughts you gave in the past, and those that were given you. All the rest must be forgotten.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Past
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The places in our personality where we tend to deviate from love are not out faults, but our wounds. God doesn't want to punish us, but to heal us. And that is how He wishes us to view the wounds in other people.
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Collection: Views
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The Universe is either expressing a miracle or is pregnant with the next one.
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Collection: Miracle
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Your life has purpose as long as you dedicate it to love. It's not what we do but who we are that forms our biggest contribution.
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Collection: Long
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Always seek less turbulent skies. Hurt. Fly above it. Betrayal. Fly above it. Anger. Fly above it. You are the one who is flying the plane.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Hurt
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Spiritual growth involves giving up the stories of your past so the universe can write a new one.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Letting Go
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Imagine the most outrageously positive possibility for your life, claim it, and consider it done.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Done
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Until we have met the monsters in ourselves, we keep trying to slay them in the outer world. And we find that we cannot. For all darkness in the world stems from darkness in the heart. And it is there that we must do our work.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Heart
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Darkness is merely the absence of light, and fear is merely the absence of love. If we want to be rid of fear, we cannot fight it but must replace it with love.
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Collection: Fighting
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By softening our attitudes, practicing mercy and compassion, we transform our lives by transforming other people's experience of us. Send love before you when you enter a room, and people will subconsciously feel it; they'll be prone to show greater kindness in return. That's how love makes things work better in our lives; it realigns the reactions of people and things around us.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Attitude
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Think bigger. Forget limits. Embrace the idea of endless possibility.... It will change you.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Thinking
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You playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightening about shrinking so others won't feel insecure around you. As you let your own light shine, you indirectly give others permission to do the same.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Insecure
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Forgiveness does not mean that we suppress anger; forgiveness means that we have asked for a miracle: the ability to see through mistakes that someone has made to the truth that lies in all of our hearts. Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness. Attack thoughts towards others are attack thoughts towards ourselves. The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Forgiveness
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Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.
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Collection: Inspirational
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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
Collection: Spiritual
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Prepare for the new; expect the new; embrace the new. Otherwise, you'll just repeat what's old.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Embrace
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Forgiveness is the ultimate preventive medicine, as well as the greatest healer.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Medicine
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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
Collection: Love
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Bless more; blame less.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Blessing
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We don't reach the light through endless analysis of the dark. We reach the light by choosing the light.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Dark
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You don't need a new life, just a new lens through which to view the one you have.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Inspirational