Gedicht uit de inauguratierede ('64)
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It's our light, not our darkness that ....
...... most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually who are we not to be? You are a 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 are born to make 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 the permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Nelson Mandela (inauguratierede 10 mei 1994)