Quotes on Surrender and Acceptance

Here’s a small collection of quotes on surrender and acceptance in the following sections:

  • Eckhart Tolle
  • Osho
  • Ramana Maharshi
  • Additional Authors
  • From Friends

The collection will likely grow as I discover more.  Enjoy!

Eckhart Tolle

  • The Value of Surrendering and Acceptance
    • When you live in complete acceptance of what is, that is the end of all drama in your life.
    • If you are not in the state of either acceptance, enjoyment, or enthusiasm, look closely and you will find that you are creating suffering for yourself and others.
    • Whatever you accept completely will take you to peace, including the acceptance that you cannot accept, that you are in resistance.
    • The moment that judgment stops through acceptance of what it is, you are free of the mind. You have made room for love, for joy, for peace.
  • On Surrendering
    • If you surrender to what is, the extreme limitation becomes an opening into space.
    • 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.


  • Surrender is not something that you can do. If you do it, it is not surrender, because the doer is there. Surrender is a great understanding that, “I am not.” Surrender is an insight that the ego exists not, that, “I am not separate.” Surrender is not an act but an understanding.
  • The essential surrender happens within you, it has nothing to do with anybody outside you. The basic surrender is a relaxation, a trust.   So don’t be misguided by the word.
  • Surrender means seeing that “I am not separate” – just seeing that “I am not separate.” Nothing is surrendered, nothing is dropped;  just a nonsense idea, a dream is no more there because you are awake.
  • Lovers never surrender to each other, lovers simply surrender to love.

Ramana Maharshi

  • If one surrenders oneself there will be no one to ask questions or to be thought of.

Additional Authors

  • Nothing is resisted, nothing is sought.  Everything is allowed to be as it is. – Joan Tollifson.
  • Attachment and resistance are the only things that keep us away from this bliss of awakened consciousness. … Whatever we are attached to is going to prevent us from opening to that, from even having it or even seeing it.  And whatever we are resisting is the same. – Peter Cutler [Cutler Interview] from 1:53:00.
  • (I)t is our perception of it (the present moment) not being the way we want it to be that makes it appear less than perfect.  This is the cause of our sufferings and unhappiness. – Michael L. Fournier [Fournier_Enlightenment, p. 14].
  • Letting go isn’t a doing, it’s a stopping of doing. – Michael J. Taft. [Taft_LetGo]
  • We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful. Eric Micha’el Leventhal
  • God had brought me to my knees and made me acknowledge my own nothingness, and out of that knowledge I had been reborn. I was no longer the centre of my life and therefore I could see God in everything. – Bede Griffiths
  • I wonder if pain comes from surrendering or resisting? Donna Lynn Hope
  • Love more, fear less.  Float more, steer less. – John Styn
  • God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. – Reinhold Niebuhr

From Friends

  • When we are present, we are so enamored with what is present. – Tim W.
  • Happiness is the moment we stop seeking happiness. – Tim W.
  • Surrendering is not defeat. It means no more fighting. – John M. as told to him by a war veteran
  • Becoming a non-particular non-piece of non-resistance – Inspired by Elizabeth C.
  • I’ve got nothing to gain and I’ve got nothing to lose. – Barbara H.

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