Being in control of our lives often gives us a sense of security. It provides a sense of agency and keeps us from feeling overwhelmed and lost. When your career is progressing as planned, your savings are steadily growing, and your relationships are flourishing, you can feel like you have the world in the palm of your hand.
When this control inevitably slips though, it is the start of a growing anxiety. Perhaps the secret recipe to life is to keep a balance of both control and surrender. As paraphrased from the Prayer for Serenity, that we may change the things we can, accept the things we cannot change, and be wise to know the difference.
Read these beautiful quotes and find out why there is magic in surrender.
I gracefully surrender to the process of creating the life I desire.
Choosing joy involves spiritual surrender. – Marianne Williamson
If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Surrender is a powerful force. – P.C. Cast, Burned
Sometimes, it’s not the times you decide to fight, but the times you decide to surrender, that makes all the difference. – Sissy Gavrilaki
Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you. – Eckhart Tolle
You need to trust. To surrender. To ask for guidance. Go within for the answers. They’re within you. You have the answers. All you need to do is ask. – Karen Hackel
Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be. – Sonia Ricotti
You have no choice. You must leave your ego on the doorstep before you enter love. – Kamand Kojouri
Surrender to your own self, of which everything is an expression. – Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Reason lost the battle, and all I could do was surrender and accept I was in love. – Paulo Coelho, The Witch of Portobello
It took me a while to learn the true meaning of patience and surrender, but I have finally accepted that healing doesn’t happen on our schedule. It doesn’t have a clock or a calendar. – Yolanda Hadid
Surrender is like a fish finding the current and going with it. – Mark Nepo
Surrender means the surrender of your ego. – Radhanath Swami
When total surrender happens, suffering is removed, duality is removed, too. – Mohanji
Something amazing happens when we surrender and just love. We melt into another world, a realm of power already within us. The world changes when we change. The world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world. – Marianne Williamson
At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice. – Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Keep calm and surrender.
Change is the essence of life; be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become. – Reinhold Niebuhr
Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. – Gail Sheehy
The more you go with the flow of life and surrender the outcome to God, and the less you seek constant clarity, the more you will find that fabulous things start to show up in your life. – Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass
They are the chosen ones who have surrendered. – Rumi
To design the future effectively, you must first let go of your past. – Charles J. Givens
Often times, the greatest peace comes of surrender. – Richard Paul Evans
It’s time for trust and surrender.
Pray, and let God worry. – Martin Luther
Sometimes surrender means giving up trying to understand and becoming comfortable with not knowing. – Eckhart Tolle
We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful. – Eric Micha’el Leventhal
The ultimate act of power is surrender. – Krishna Das
Surrender your fear. Something will come that is greater than what the fear is trying to protect.
Surrender is a journey from outer turmoil to inner peace. – Sri Chinmoy
The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves. We’re still trying to give orders, and interfering with God’s work within us. – A.W. Tozer
The creative process is a process of surrender, not control. – Julia Cameron
The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender. – William Booth
Fear, anxiety, arousal, and pain; all are emotions and sensations. They are neither right, nor are they wrong; good nor bad. They are simply passions, a most important part of life. Feel them, fully experience them, surrender to them, and learn to accept them. As a submissive, you must let go. André Chevalier. – Nikki Sex, Fate
Surrender is a gift that you can give yourself. It’s an act of faith. It’s saying that even though I can’t see where this river is flowing, I trust it will take me in the right direction. – Debbie Ford, Spiritual Divorce: Divorce as a Catalyst for an Extraordinary Life
Surrender isn’t about being passive. It’s about being open.
Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it. – Ann Landers
I have never been religious. I talk to God every day, but He’s never said a word to me about religion! I think the most powerful prayer is surrender. – Raymond Moody
The moment you surrender to love and allow it to lead you to exactly where your soul wants to go, you will have no difficulty. – Neale Donald Walsch
I surrender all.
Surrender to the deepest level within that you’re aware of. – John de Ruiter
Childlike surrender and trust. – Brennan Manning
Don’t despair: despair suggests you are in total control and know what is coming. You don’t – surrender to events with hope. – Alain de Botton
Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control. – Jack Kornfield
To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. – Lao Tzu
I love, but I am not entirely sure how to be loved: how to be seen and known for the utterly flawed woman I am. It demands surrender. It demands acknowledging that I am not perfect, but perhaps I deserve affection anyway. – Roxane Gay
We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can – namely, surrender our will and fulfill God’s will in us. – Saint Teresa of Avila
All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling. – Blaise Pascal
The moment of surrender is not when life is over, it’s when it begins. – Marianne Williamson
I trust and surrender to the universe that everything is unfolding exactly as it’s meant to be, exactly when it’s meant to be.
I like the scientific spirit—the holding off, the being sure but not too sure, the willingness to surrender ideas when the evidence is against them: this is ultimately fine—it always keeps the way beyond open—always gives life, thought, affection, the whole man, a chance to try over again after a mistake—after a wrong guess. – Walt Whitman, Walt Whitman’s Camden Conversations
Don’t look for peace. Don’t look for any other state than the one you are in now; otherwise, you will set up inner conflict and unconscious resistance. Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender. – Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Be lost. Give up. Give In. in the end It would be better to surrender before you begin. be lost. Be lost And then you will not care if you are ever found. – Victoria Schwab, Vicious
One thing I’ve learned about life is that if you really let go, it’s just a joy ride. – Ricky Williams
Try something different – surrender. – Rumi
The gap between compassion and surrender is love’s darkest, deepest region. – Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence
No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance. – b
When I think I’ve surrendered, I surrender more.
Surrender is not a weakness, it is a strength. It takes tremendous strength to surrender life to the supreme – to the cosmic unfolding. – Mooji
Do not think that if you surrender to God you will be a loser. – Radhanath Swami
The void, the concept of nothingness, is terrifying to most people on the planet. And I get anxiety attacks myself. I know the fear of that void. You have to learn to die before you die. You give up, surrender to the void, to nothingness. – Harry Dean Stanton
The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back. – Ram Dass
You see, a potter can only mold the clay when it lies completely in his hand. It requires complete surrender. – Carrie Ten Boom
You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Transformation happens on the other side of surrender.
Control and surrender have to be kept in balance. That’s what surfers do – take control of the situation, then be carried, then take control. In the last few thousand years, we’ve become incredibly adept technically. We’ve treasured the controlling part of ourselves and neglected the surrendering part. – Brian Eno
Surrender your heart. Surrender your dreams. Surrender your life to God. Then everything will make sense.
You cannot fulfil God’s purposes for your life while focusing on your own plans. – Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
I am learning to live between effort and surrender. I do my best and hope for what I want but I do not resist the direction of the wind.