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Obstacles and hindrances are part and parcel of human life, one faces difficulties at every step but this should not be a reason of surrendering.
Some of the greats in the past years have said that the best way to tackle a problem is to face it, which is what humans must do to develop. Facing problems head-on provides courage and teaches one of the most important life lessons. However, surrendering or throwing in the towel is a choice we make ourselves; a choice that too can shape or break us.
While courage is looked upon with pride, the act of surrendering is not looked at so kindly. Here are some surrender quotes below which reflect the life experiences and lessons of some of the greatest people in history. Scroll down to read these quotes. Some carry a common message of how it is always right to keep up the fight, while others talk about when it is wise to throw in the towel.
(These surrender quotes are to teach you some important life lessons and inspire you for your entire life ahead of you.)
Real-life situations are perhaps the best teachers of all, these quotes will inspire you in a similar way with real-life instances of many renowned figures.
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“Surrender is not a weakness, it is a strength. It takes tremendous strength to surrender life to the supreme – to the cosmic unfolding.” - Mooji.
“Sometimes, it’s not the times you decide to fight, but the times you decide to surrender, that makes all the difference.” - Sissy Gavrilaki.
“Sometimes it is no great shame to give in, even to despair, provided that it is just for a little while. Sometimes a little surrender is good for the soul.” - Alexia Casale.
“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” - John F. Kennedy.
“Things don’t spiral out of control when we surrender them; they spiral out of control when we try to control them!” - Marianne Williamson.
“I do, indeed, close my door at times and surrender myself to a book, but only because I can open the door again and see a human face looking at me.” - Martin Bubber.
“Nothing in the world is as fearsome as a bloody, battered opponent who will never surrender.” - Gerry Spence.
“Anybody can quit. Only a real champion and a person of character and strength can keep going and refuse to give up.” - Sadie Robertson.
“Never give up on your dream…Perseverance is all important. If you don’t have the desire and the belief in yourself to keep trying after you’ve been told you should quit, you’ll never make it.” - Tawni O’Dell.
“I tend to be really pragmatic, but ultimately tend to be attracted to people who pull me into more spontaneity. I've really learned that, through surrender, the best experiences of my life have happened.” - Amy Adams.
“If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.” - Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
(As you read the below listed surrender quotes, you will learn the value of keeping up a fight and might perhaps live by it throughout your life.)
Over the past years, people have fought battles which they weren't expected to win, but they persevered and never gave in and their names are now etched in the books of history.
“Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment.” - Arthur Helps.
“We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.” - Winston Churchill.
“If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds.” - Jesse Jackson.
“It is better to risk starving to death than surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what’s left?” - Jim Carrey.
“Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.” - Steve Maraboli.
“Don’t let anything stop you. There will be times when you’ll be disappointed, but you can’t stop. Make yourself the best that you can make out of what you are. The very best.” - Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander.
“No one will hit you harder than life itself. It doesn't matter how hard you hit back. It's about how much you can take, and keep fighting, how much you can suffer and keep moving forward. That's how you win.” - Sylvester Stallone.
“Honor belongs to those who never forsake the truth even when things seem dark and grim, who try over and over again, who are never discouraged by insults, humiliation and even defeat.” - Nelson Mandela.
“If I’m gonna go down I’m gonna do it with style. You won’t hear me surrender, you won’t hear me confess cause you’ve left me with nothing but I have worked with less.” - Ani DiFranco.
“Never give up, which is the lesson I learned from boxing. As soon as you learn to never give up, you have to learn the power and wisdom of unconditional surrender, and that one doesn’t cancel out the other; they just exist as contradictions.” - Kris Kristofferson.
“When you hear that something can’t be done, ignore that advice and push forward.” - Robert Kiyosaki.
“Every setback might be the very thing that makes you carry on and fight all the harder and become much better.” - Les Paul.
These surrender quotes carry immense meaning regarding human life and will motivate you to never give up.
“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.” - Henry Miller.
“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.
“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.
“I will not leave South Africa, nor will I surrender. Only through hardship, sacrifice and militant action can freedom be won. The struggle is my life. I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days.” - Nelson Mandela.
“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.
“One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime.” - Elisabeth Elliot.
“It is always difficult to surrender what exists for what might be.” - Steven Redhead.
“Sometimes surrender means giving up trying to understand and becoming comfortable with not knowing.” - Eckhart Tolle.
“If you really want something, and really work hard, and take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way.. Follow your dreams.” - Jane Goodall.
“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 don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.” - George S. Patton.
“We are not a failure just because we fail at something. Nobody is a failure unless they quit trying!” - Joyce Meyer.
“The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back.” - Ram Dass.
Some of these surrender quotes deliver great messages and teachings for a lifetime in perhaps the most concise manner.
“Surrender is a journey from outer turmoil to inner peace.” - Sri Chinmoy.
“The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.” - William Booth.
“The creative process is a process of surrender, no control.” - Julia Cameron.
“My friends, no matter how rough the road may be, we can and we will, never, never surrender to what is right.” - Dan Quayle.
“There is no such thing as helplessness. It’s just another word for giving up.” - Jefferson Smith.
“Your destiny is not cancelled because of a mistake, because of a failure. Get back up and go again.” - Joel Osteen.
“Reason lost the battle, and all I could do was surrender and accept I was in love.” - Paulo Coelho.
“You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” - Ted Turner.
“Never give up on something that you can't go a day without thinking about.” - Winston Churchill.
“Never surrender, it’s all about the faith that you got.” - Tupac Shakur.
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” - Maya Angelou.
“There are moments in life where it gets so hectic that time becomes a blur. Keep calm and never give up.” - John Cena.
“A failure is like fertilizer; it stinks to be sure, but it makes things grow faster in the future.” - Denis Waitley.
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