Acceptance Quotes

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Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune and moving forward into a bright new future.

Acceptance Quotes Index

About Acceptance
Acceptance is NOT…
Accepting Oneself
Accepting Others
Benefits of Acceptance
Humorous
Importance of Acceptance
Inspirational
Jaded
Lack of Acceptance
Profound
Quotes by Famous People
Quotes by Psychiatrist/Psychologist

About Acceptance

"Familiarity with evil breeds not contempt but acceptance".
~ Roy Hattersley

"One has to accept pain as a condition of existence. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to the total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying".
~ Morris West

"The acceptance of death gives you more of a stake in life, in living life happily, as it should be lived. Living for the moment".
~ Sting

"Listening is a form of accepting."
~Stella Terill Mann

"The antiquity and general acceptance of an opinion is not assurance of its truth".
~ Pierre Bayle

"The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance".
~ Nathaniel Branden

"The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen".
~ Ralph Marston

"You're going to have more rejection than acceptance".
~ Barry Mann

"Accept life, and you must accept regret".
~ Henri Frederic Amiel 1876

"Everything in life depends on how that life accepts its limits".
~ James Baldwin

"Whether it is the best of times or the worst of times, it is only time we have".
~ Art Buchwald

"Things cannot always go your way. Learn to accept in silence the minor aggravations, cultivate the gift of taciturnity and consume your own smoke with an extra draught of hard work, so that those about you may not be annoyed with the dust and soot of your complaints".
~ William Osler

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Acceptance is NOT…

"Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits, but you accept everybody just because they're alive and human".
~ Albert Ellis

"Some people confuse acceptance with apathy, but there's all the difference in the world. Apathy fails to distinguish between what can and what cannot be helped; acceptance makes that distinction. Apathy paralyzes the will-to-action; acceptance frees it by relieving it of impossible burdens".
~ Arthur Gordon

"Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgement of the facts of a situation. Then deciding what you're going to do about it".
~ Kathleen Casey Theisen

"Acceptance of one's life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices".
~ Paul Tournier

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Accepting Oneself

"Everything begins with accepting oneself. Without self-acceptance, one cannot accomplish anything".
~ Xuan-Thu Nguyen

"Accept everything about yourself -- I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end -- no apologies, no regrets".
~ Clark Moustakas

"The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely".
~ Carl Gustav Jung

"If a person lacks self-acceptance, he can't live with himself; if he lacks self-criticism, others can't live with him".
~ James Albert Pike

"Self-acceptance comes from meeting life's challenges vigorously. Don't numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from your life. You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory".
~ J. Donald Walters

"Our entire life consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are".
~ Jean Anouilh

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Accepting Others

"The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance".
~ Brian Tracy

"Acceptance of others, their looks, their behaviors, their beliefs, bring you an inner peace and tranquility -- instead of anger and resentment".
~ Source Unknown

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Benefits of Acceptance

"Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune".
~ William James

"The quickest way to change your attitude toward pain is to accept the fact that everything that happens to us has been designed for our spiritual growth".
~ M. Scott Peck

"Happiness can exist only in acceptance".
~ George Orwell

"Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them".
~ Brendan Francis

"Self-acceptance comes from meeting life's challenges vigorously. Don't numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from your life. You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory".
~ J. Donald Walters

"Acceptance. It is the true thing everyone longs for. The one thing everyone craves. To walk in a room and to be greeted by everyone with hugs and smiles. And in that small passing moment, you truly know you're loved, needed, and accepted".
~ Rena Harmon

"Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance".
~ Unknown

"Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change".
~ Katherine Mansfield

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Humorous

"Accept good advice gracefully--as long as it doesn't interfere with what you intended to do in the first place".
~ Gene Brown

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Importance of Acceptance

"Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons".
~ Jessica Lange

"The primary joy of life is acceptance, approval, the sense of appreciation and companionship of our human comrades. Many men do not understand that the need for fellowship is really as deep as the need for food, and so they go through life accepting many substitutes for genuine, warm, simple relatedness".
~ Joshua Loth Liebman

"Everything begins with accepting oneself. Without self-acceptance, one cannot accomplish anything".
~ Xuan-Thu Nguyen

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Inspirational

"The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one".
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope".
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events".
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Accept your genius and say what you think".
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We must accept life for what it actually is -- a challenge to our quality without which we should never know of what stuff we are made, or grow to our full stature".
~ Ida R. Wylie

"Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart".
~ Marcus Aelius Aurelius

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Jaded

"No intelligent idea can gain general acceptance unless some stupidity is mixed in with it".
~ Fernando Pessoa

"After an argument, silence may mean acceptance or the continuation of resistance by other means".
~ Mason Cooley

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Lack of Acceptance

"Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is".
~ Albert Camus

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Profound

"It doesn't matter what we do until we accept ourselves. Once we accept ourselves, it doesn't matter what we do". -Charly Heavenrich

"Accept everything about yourself -- I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end -- no apologies, no regrets".
~ Clark Moustakas

"If a person lacks self-acceptance, he can't live with himself; if he lacks self-criticism, others can't live with him".
~ James Albert Pike

"You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes".
~ Moses Ben Maimon Maimonides

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Quotes by Famous People

"The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance".
~ Brian Tracy

"Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable".
~ Denis Waitley

"You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Happiness can exist only in acceptance".
~ George Orwell

"We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are".
~ Harry S Truman

"The quickest way to change your attitude toward pain is to accept the fact that everything that happens to us has been designed for our spiritual growth".
~ M. Scott Peck

"The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within".
~ Mahatma Gandhi

"The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one".
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope".
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events".
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Accept your genius and say what you think".
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Always fall in with what you're asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever's going. Not against: with".
~ Robert Frost

"Ah, when to the heart of man was it ever less than a treason to go with the drift of things to yield with a grace to reason and bow and accept at the end of a love or a season".
~ Robert Frost

"I'm not wise, but the beginning of wisdom is there; it's like relaxing into - and an acceptance of - things".
~ Tina Turner

"Give love and unconditional acceptance to those you encounter, and notice what happens".
~ Wayne Dyer

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Quotes by Psychiatrist/Psychologist

"Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits, but you accept everybody just because they're alive and human".
~ Albert Ellis

"The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely".
~ Carl Gustav Jung

"We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses".
~ Carl Gustav JungPsychological Reflections

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