Labyrinth Quotes

“Children never walk a Labyrinth,
Children always run !”


“Mazes are like traffic,
Labyrinths are like walking.”


“Labyrinths are a social object for Humanity itself and have been for thousands of years through time and space and place.”


“Where else do Footprints belong other than in a Labyrinth?”


Deep at the bottom of Jeff Bridges’ vast, Mediterranean-style Santa Barbara estate is a Labyrinth he has mowed out of grass.

It’s not a maze, he emphasizes:

It’s a Labyrinth.

“You just mow an ancient Native American cosmology symbol into your yard,

And then you walk around in it and meditate whenever you want.”

“The idea is, it’s a walking meditation,

Sometimes I’ll do it in a dance.”

“With a maze, you’ve got to make all these choices about which way to go, and some are dead ends, some aren’t.

But a Labyrinth is different.

With the Labyrinth, the only choice is to go in or not.”

“I think it’s one of those things like pyramids, you know?

They just showed up all over the place.”

Jeff Bridges

“A Labyrinth gives you the freedom to wander far and wide and yet always reach your goal,

In a maze it’s,

‘Which way do I go?’

You want to get lost.

But with a Labyrinth, there’s a pattern.”

“You think you’re constantly getting close, then going farther away.

But you know you’re going to get there in the end.”

Jeff Bridges

“Life is a kind of Labyrinth,
With all its twists and turns,
Its straight paths and its occasional dead ends.”

― Jim Henson

“This is one of the two great Labyrinths into which human minds are drawn:

The question of free will versus predestination.”

“You mentioned . . . one of the two great Labyrinths into which the mind is drawn.

What . . . is the other?”

“The other is the composition of the continuum, or:

what is space?”

― Neal Stephenson

“A Labyrinth is a symbolic journey . . .

but it is a map we can really walk on,

blurring the difference between map and world.”

― Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

“I felt like I was in a video game.

A surrogate Pac-Man,

crunching blindly through a Labyrinth of dotted lines.

The only certainty was my death.”

― Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

“Before I got here,

I thought for a long time that the way out of the Labyrinth was to pretend that it did not exist,

to build a small,

self-sufficient world in a back corner of,

the endless maze and to pretend that I was not lost,

but home.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska

“You spend your whole life stuck in the Labyrinth,

thinking about how you’ll escape one day,

and how awesome it will be,

and imagining that future keeps you going,

but you never do it.

You just use the future to escape the present.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


who every morning plans the transactions of the day,

and follows that plan,

carries a thread that will guide him through a Labyrinth of the most busy life.”

― Victor Hugo

“I still get recognized for ‘Labyrinth’ by little girls in the weirdest places.

I can’t believe they still recognize me from that movie.

It’s on TV all the time,

and I guess I pretty much look the same.”

― Jennifer Connelly

“If I have to pick one story that most influenced ‘The Hunger Games,’

it would be the Greek myth of Theseus,

which I read when I was about 8 years old.

In punishment for past deeds,

Athens periodically had to send seven youths and seven maidens to a Labyrinth.

In the maze was this Minotaur,

and it would eat them.”

― Suzanne Collins

“All that is really required in walking the Labyrinth is to show up,

place one foot in front of the other,

and breathe.”

― Melissa Gayle West, Exploring the Labyrinth: A Guide for Healing and Spiritual Growth

“There’s no need to build a Labyrinth when the entire universe is one.”

― Jorge Luis Borges

“Ts’ui Pe must have said once:

I am withdrawing to write a book.

And another time:

I am withdrawing to construct a Labyrinth.

Every one imagined two works;

to no one did it occur that the book and the maze were one and the same thing.”

— Jorge Luis Borges, The Garden of Forking Paths

“Every Labyrinth has its Minotaur”

— Carlos Ruiz Zafon

“Politics are a Labyrinth without a clue.”

— John Adams

“A man in his own secret meditation

Is lost amid the Labyrinth that he has made

In art or politics.”

— William Butler Yeats

“I think the Labyrinth is an interesting metaphor for our lives as musicians.

We’re always being drawn toward the centre of it because that’s where the mystery is.

What is music?

It’s a journey.”

― Sting

“A studio is an absolute Labyrinth of possibilities

– This is why records take so long to make because there are millions of permutations of things you can do.

The most useful thing you can do is to get rid of some of those options before you start.”

― Brian Eno

“Things outside you are projections of what’s inside you,

and what’s inside you is a projection of what’s outside.

So when you step into the Labyrinth outside you,

at the same time you’re stepping into the Labyrinth inside.”

― Haruki Murakami

“The Labyrinth literally reintroduces the experience of walking a clearly defined path.

This reminds us that there is a path,

a process that brings us to unity,

to the centre of our beings.

In the simple act of walking,

the soul finds solace and peace.”

― Lauren Artress

“Ikea is a Labyrinth,
And like all good Labyrinths
It likes to get your hopes up from time to time that you’re nearly out.”

Abigail Chandler

“Life is a maze,
So don’t just gaze,
Instead make your wayzz,
To be amazed!”

B Sathya Suhasini

“Maps invite us to locate ourselves in relation to whatever they show,

To enter the Labyrinth that is each map and to find our way out by grasping what is mapped.

They are always invitations to enter,

to arrive,

to understand,

In a way that is different than the invitations of visual and written art.”

Rebecca Solnit

“We should know by now that the most exact,

Most precise representation of the human heart is the Labyrinth.

And where the human heart is involved,

Anything is possible.”

― José Saramago

“The Pandemic itself is a kind of Labyrinth,

More challenging than a conventional one since it is not built out of bricks or shrubbery but out of human frailties.”

Carlos Scare-nesto

“A Labyrinth is like a copy of our solar system.”

Andreew Webb

“A Labyrinth is a complex path.
That’s it.
It’s not necessarily something complicated or classical as you might think. . .
A maze, though, is different from a Labyrinth. . .
A maze is more likely to baffle and mislead those who tread its paths.
A maze is a puzzle.
A maze is designed to deceive those travellers who seek a promised goal.
It’s possible that a Labyrinth can be a maze,
but strictly speaking the two words call up different ideas.”

― Carol Shields, Larry’s Party

“Nothing is more tragic than to meet an individual out of breath, lost in the Labyrinth of life.”

― Martin Luther King, jr

“A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere,
as long as it stays inside the maze.”

― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

“The maze blinds, but the Labyrinth winds.”

― Carol Matthews, Questions for Ariadne, Page 96

“Above all,
the Labyrinth is closely related to the idea of the web,
and the world wide web may well be the greatest Labyrinth ever constructed – certainly,
as we are all too aware,
there are Minotaurs lurking at its centre.”

Michael O’Loughlin

“It’s your road and yours alone.

Others may walk it with you,
but no one can walk it for you.”

— Mevlânâ Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

“When will you begin that long journey into yourself?”

— Mevlânâ Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

“The middle path is the way to wisdom.”

— Mevlânâ Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

“Show not what has been done,
but what can be.

How beautiful the world would be if there were a procedure for moving through Labyrinths.”

― Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

“I get what can only be described as road rage when I’m stuck behind someone walking slowly in a prayer Labyrinth.”

― Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber

“If you think you can’t get anywhere going in circles,
you haven’t walked a Labyrinth.”

David K. Leff

“Though Labyrinths were once seen as paths to religious enlightenment,

Their increasing popularity is probably not due to a sudden revival of traditional faith.


It’s indicative of an increasing need for quiet reflection in an ever noisy and linear society.

They are first aid stations for stress,

Places where walking around takes one full circle.”

David K. Leff

“Sometimes you find your path,
Sometimes it finds you.”

― Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

“The Universe is a Labyrinth made of Labyrinths.

Each leads to another.

And wherever we cannot go ourselves,
we reach with mathematics.

Out of mathematics we build wagons to carry us into the nonhuman realms of the world. ꧂”

― Stanisław Lem, Fiasco

“Every day is a winding road.
I get a little bit closer”

― Sheryl Crow

“God created the Labyrinth to help people deal with the trauma of Mazes.”

Mark Healy, Tasmania

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