Marianne Williamson

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We already have the material means to eradicate deep poverty and thereby eradicate hunger. We have the material means to begin the tremendous clean up of the environmental messes we’ve created. We have, I believe, the psychological, emotional and spiritual means to create a world without war. We have the material means to create a world in which unnecessary human suffering has been drastically diminished. My vision for the future is that we do those things. And I think we will.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Spiritual
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The fate of the world rests on this one thing: our capacity to actualize our spiritual potential, and quickly.
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Collection: Spiritual
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Any time we read a newspaper or take any look at the world around us, we are aware of the cruelty and violence that dominates our world.
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Collection: Our World
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We need to recognize that part our political problem is that we do not participate effectively, that we suffer from a kind of mental slumber.
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Collection: Political
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There is an increasingly pervasive sense that one age is over and a new one is beginning - in business, in politics, in science, in psychology.
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Collection: Psychology
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The media establishment senses that the boats are coming and it has taken it upon itself to stand on those beaches and do everything it can to shoot the soldiers on the boats. They know the beaches will be taken.
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Collection: Beach
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No matter what I write or speak about, it always has some connection to how our spiritual understanding impacts the world we live in. Whether I'm writing or teaching about nutrition, pilates, green living or meditation, all topics simmer down to self thought and intention.
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Collection: Spiritual
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It is absolutely a relationship with food that is a displaced relationship with God. And that displaced relationship with God takes two forms: our availability to other people and our availability to our own thoughts and feelings.
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Collection: Two
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I am very much into politics, but what interests me is sacred principles applied to that area. You know, many people are interested in alternative health who are never going to become doctors, or practitioners. That is how I am about politics. I am interested in the intersection of the Spiritual and the political - how spiritual principles apply to the social and political issues of our day. For me, the spiritual realm, is a more powerful place to speak from on those issues.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Spiritual
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In pursuing personal growth, there are issues where we can advance just so far by ourselves. At some point, our continued progress and improvement can only come about through relationships with others. Romantic love is an intense and intimate exposure to another person; if we can be who we want to be, even in that context, then our spiritual growth is exponentially expanded.
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Collection: Spiritual
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It takes mystical insight to see the beauty and innocence in each other, even when that is not what we are showing to the world. That is why God is needed in intimate relationships, to move us beyond the perceptions that can so often poison love.
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Collection: Moving
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The love is what's left at the end because it's the bedrock, fundamental reality that gets hidden all the time, but never really goes away.
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Collection: Reality
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Only God’s thoughts, or love, is actually real. So when we separate ourselves from that love, we’re actually not thinking at all: we’re hallucinating.
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Collection: Real
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Our hearts are being stretched to span the violence and the suffering in our lives and world, and at the same time we are also witness to so much magnificence and brilliance. We are a species that has produced nuclear weapons, and also one that has developed profound insight into the nature of life itself.
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Collection: Heart
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I just want to write books or give talks which, if I were in the audience or I were the reader, I would appreciate.
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Collection: Book
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My father was a deeply committed humanitarian. He was a fighter for social justice. He was spirited in the deepest sense.
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Collection: Father
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The world as it is perceived by most people, is a world of finite resources.
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Collection: People
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If I'm honest with myself, I think it's probably true I have learned more in my life through pain than through joy. But hopefully that's changing.
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Collection: Pain
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Citizens should be looked to for what they can give of their own nobility, virtue, creative thinking, passion, and natural talent for community building and relating to others.
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Collection: Passion
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People don't usually come see me because things are going well.
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Collection: People
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God isn't separate from us, because He's the love inside our minds. Every problem, inside and out, is due to a separation from love on someone's part. Thirty-five thousand people a day die of hunger on earth, and there's no dearth of food. The question is not 'what kind of God would let children starve?' but rather, 'What kind of people let children starve?'
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Collection: Children
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Experience is necessary for us to grow.
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Collection: Grows
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The way I see it, we teach our children through modeling.
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Collection: Children
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Ultimately, my daughter is not going to learn from what I do, not from what I say. For better or for worse. I see that everyday.
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Collection: Daughter
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Until you have a child, it's very tempting to look at the state of the world and say, "To hell with it, in 50 years I won't be around anyway." But if you have a child you don't say that, because even if you're not around in 50 years, your children presumably will be, and maybe even their children. You think of yourself as responsible to future generations in a whole different way.
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Collection: Children
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First there was the word. A Course in Miracles says that prayer is the "medium of miracles." It's the realm of thought where we are aligned with the thought of God and therefore in a co- creative mode. It's where we surrender our minds to His mind and become empowered.
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Collection: Prayer
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I think optimism is a moral imperative.
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Collection: Thinking
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I think the vast majority of Americans would have supported military action to stop the second plane from hitting the World Trade Center, if that had been possible. I would have been among them.
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Collection: Military
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The human race is almost addicted to war. It's like we just can't stop.
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Collection: War
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The goal of the spiritual activist is to find inner peace even in externally chaotic circumstances.
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Collection: Spiritual
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Humanity's mission is to find a peace that lies beyond the veil - a peace that is not of this world. The peace that is not of this world is not dependent on human circumstances.
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Collection: Lying
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I believe the human race is ready to make a quantum leap forward spiritually and morally.
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Collection: Believe
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I see the universe as naturally and infinitely self-correcting.
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Collection: Self
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In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "No lie will last forever." We have to work at removing lies from our own hearts. And on the national level, we do this not because we blame our country, but because we love it.
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Collection: Country
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America is a great country, and we've done a lot of good in the world. But we are a collection of people, not saints. We have our own sins to atone for.
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Collection: Country
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The soul force we need in America today, more than any other, is the spirit of atonement. We need to humble ourselves before God and ask forgiveness for the things we have done wrong. We need to ask God to forgive us for our arrogance.
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Collection: Humble
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Sometimes we think, "We're the only people who see it this way," but that's really not the case.
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Collection: Thinking
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We need love - an awesome love grounded in the evolutionary potential for life on Earth - to become the organizing principle for human society.
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Collection: Needs
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I am a student of universal spiritual principles, and I read theology and spiritual writings, so my grasp of basic spiritual principles is fairly good.
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Collection: Spiritual
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I realize that the curriculum is my life on any given day. At this point, more than anything, my spiritual path means looking at every circumstance and trying to see my part in where it's good and where it's not so good.
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Collection: Spiritual
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When somebody comes up to you and shows you yellow underlining of something you wrote, that's such a high. It's a connection to others.
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Collection: Yellow
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To become romantic artists, we must pierce the armor that hides our hearts, and the piercing is not comfortable.
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Collection: Heart
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There is a current mythology in our culture that anytime we meet someone and have that "enchanted evening" experience, that experience of looking into the eyes of the other and falling hopelessly in love - that this is nothing more than a delusion; a mutual projection, a fantasy that will only last until reality sets in.
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Collection: Fall
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I believe that the spirit of God enters into the details and if we ask for guidance we will be led to the places where we can learn most fully because we can be most joyful. If I'm in a place that's lonely, I think God has one or two things to say. Extend your hand in service so that you might meet people or go somewhere else - or both.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Lonely
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We arrogantly assume that the nervous system doesn't really need to be coaxed into romance. That romance comes from some other place.
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Collection: Romance
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Light is to darkness what love is to fear; in the presence of one the other disappears.
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Collection: Love
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It isn't courageous to go forth when you don't know the dangers. But it's very courageous to go forth when you do.
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Collection: Courage
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Our internal state determines our experience of our lives; our experiences do not determine our internal state.
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Collection: Experience
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We're often afraid to do anything unless we know we can do it extremely well. But we get to Carnegie Hall by practicing. I remember how freeing it was several years ago to read in an interview with Joan Baez that some of Bob Dylan's early songs weren't so wonderful. We have this image of genius springing fully grown out of Zeus' forehead.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Song