Nelson Mandela: 1994 Inaugural Speech

       
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 most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and famous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are the child of God.

Your playing small doesn't serve the world.

There's nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.

And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.


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