The fact that nothing can dim the light that shines within makes literal sense. Whatever shines within us literally can’t be touched and therefore can’t be dimmed. However this quote, by Maya Angelou, goes beyond this surface-level meaning. When she stated it, she was referring to the unique characteristics and goals that lives inside every one of us. The fact that these things are engrained within us also means that once we live by them, no one and nothing can take them away.