Acceptance Quotes

For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain. - Henry Wadsworth

The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you. — Stephanie Perkins


I have never found anybody who could stand to accept the daily demonstrative love I feel in me, and give back as good as I give. — Sylvia
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. — Lao Tzu


Whatever gets you through the night— John Lennon


A boo is a lot louder than a cheer.— Lance Armstrong


My hands tend to be full enough dealing with people who hate me for who I am. Concentrate too hard on the millions of people who hate you for what you are and you're likely to turn into one of those unkempt, sloppy dressers who sag beneath the weight of the two hundred political buttons they wear pinned to their coats and knapsacks. — David Sedaris


Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her. — Lao Tzu


To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. — Thich Nhat Hanh

A weed is but an unloved flower. — Ella Wheeler Wilcox


The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for. — Maureen Dowd


My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations. — Michael J. Fox


My choice is what I choose to do, And if I'm causing no harm, it shouldn't bother you. Your choice is who you choose to be, And if you're causin' no harm, then you're alright with me. — Ben Harper

It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination. We have a better chance of seeing where we are when we stop trying to get somewhere else. We can enjoy every moment of movement, as long as where we are is as good as where we'd like to be. That's not to say that you need to be satisfied forever with where you are today. But you need to honor what you've accomplished, rather than thinking of what's left to be done . — John Bingham


You should never hate anyone, even your worst enemies. Everyone has something good about them. You have to find the redeeming quality and love the person for that.— Jeannette Walls


But at some point you have to make peace with what you were given and if God wanted me to be a shy girl with think, dark hair, He would have made me that way, but He didn't. Useful, then, might be to accept how I was made and embody myself fully therein. — Elizabeth


The first step to the knowledge of the wonder and mystery of life is the recognition of the monstrous nature of the earthly human realm as well as its glory, the realization that this is just how it is and that it cannot and will not be changed. Those who think they know how the universe could have been had they created it, without pain, without sorrow, without time, without death, are unfit for illumination. — Joseph Campbell


Nothing brings down walls as surely as acceptance. — Deepak Chopra

We are women, and my plea is Let me be a woman, holy through and through, asking for nothing but what God wants to give me, receiving with both hands and with all my heart whatever that is. — Elisabeth Elliot


If God were our one and only desire we would not be so easily upset when our opinions do not find outside acceptance. — Thomas à Kempis


Humility means accepting reality with no attempt to outsmart it. — David Richo


The best thing about coming out is, it's totally liberating. You feel like you've made this incredible discoery about yourself and you want to share it and be open and honest and not spend all your time wondering how is this person going to react, or should I be careful around this person, or what will the neighbors say? And it's more. It's about getting past the question of what's wrong with me, to knowing there's nothing wrong, that you were born this way. You're a normal person and a beautiful person and you should be proud of who you are. You deserve to live with dignity and show people your pride. — Julie Anne


Reason lost the battle, and all I could do was surrender and accept I was in love. — Paulo Coelho


Know that everything is in perfect order whether you understand it or not. — Valery Satterwhite


The end of a melody is not its goal: but nonetheless, had the melody not reached its end it would not have reached its goal either. A parable. — Friedrich Nietzsche


The moment you become miserly you are closed to the basic phenomenon of life: expansion, sharing. The moment you start clinging to things, you have missed the target--you have missed. Because things are not the target, you, your innermost being, is the target--not a beautiful house, but a beautiful you; not much money, but a rich you; not many things, but an open being, available to millions of things.— Osho Rajneesh


Hate is a lack of imagination. — Graham Greene


It is a severe cruelty inflicted upon women...that we should be the ones who so desperately need love...affection...acceptance.And yet, we suffer...many of us, for lack of it throughout our entire lives.-Shackles of Honor — Marcia Lynn McClure


No, the secret is that there's no reward and we have to endure our characters and our natures as best we can, because no amount of experience or insight is going to rectify our deficiencies, our self-regard, or our cupidity. We have to learn that our desires do not find any real echo in the world. We have to accept that the people we love do not love us, or not in the way we hope. We have to accept betrayal and disloyalty, and, hardest of all, that someone is finer than we are in character or intelligence. — Sándor Márai

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. -- Oprah Winfrey
IT happened. There is no avoiding it, no forgetting. No running away, or flying, or burying, or hiding. — Laurie Halse Anderson


I`ve learned that success comes in a very prickly package. Whether you choose to accept it or not is up to you. It`s what you choose to do with it, the people you choose to surround yourself with. Always choose people that are better than you. Always choose people that challenge you and are smarter than you. Always be the student. Once you find yourself to be the teacher, you've lost it. — Sandra Bullock

She talked about wanting to be a part of something, wanting to be desired, to be 'special', craving to be loved. She talked about experiencing the kind of loneliness so immense it could swallow you up. She called it 'loneliness that crowds couldn't cure'. — Cupcake


Sometimes we fight who we are, struggling against ourselves and our natures. But we must learn to accept who we are and appreciate who we become. We must love ourselves for what and who we are, and believe in our talents. — Harley King

Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for the past and fear of the future. — Fulton Oursler

I have a self-made quote: Celebrate diversity, practice acceptance and may we all choose peaceful options to conflict. — Donzella Michele Malone


For a very long time everybody refuses and then almost without a pause almost everybody accepts. — Gertrude Stein


The moment that judgement stops through acceptance of what it is, you are free of the mind. You have made room for love, for joy, for peace.— Eckhart Tolle


I don’t dwell on the fact that I may have ridden on planes. That which I can’t remember having needed, I simply accept. It is the most preferable kind of self-insight: one that does not require any accompanying change in behavior. — Benson


There are certain things that, for want of ability to change, one must embrace. Because if the same ingrained habits constantly worsen your life, at least you aren’t just repeating yourself. — Benson Bruno

The image I'd had of myself as a child was someone I'd never be, and it was only recently that I realized it was okay to be who I was. – Cat — Jeaniene Frost


Omigosh—I'm a squash! — Dave Horowitz


Man is willing to accept a woman as an equal, as a man in skirts, as an angel, a devil, a babyface, a machine, an instrument, a bosom, a womb, a pair of legs, a servant, an encyclopaedia, an ideal or an obscenity; the one thing he won't accept her as is a human being, a real human being of the feminine sex. — D.H. Lawrence


Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you've lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that's good. — Elizabeth Edwards

When people learn to accept other people, anger and jealously wont exist — Alia


In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility. — Victoria


Acceptance doesn’t mean that life gets better; it just means that my way of living life on life’s terms improves. — Sharon E. Rainey


How wonderful! How wonderful! All things are perfect, exactly as they are.— Siddhārtha Gautama

Then she lay on her back and gazed at the cloudless sky. Mr. Beebe, whose opinion of her rose daily, whispered to his niece that that was the proper way to behave if any little thing went wrong. — E.M. Forster

Know that everything is in perfect order whether you understand it or not. — Guy Finley


Let's not hate the existence of hatred. — Toba Beta


I just want to be loved, is that so wrong?! — Harvey Fierstein


When you want to share something with another person more than anything, it is one of the most difficult things to realize that you can never have it. Accepting this realization is even more difficult. Loving someone does mean saying goodbye to them in some cases, though we will fight that until the oftentimes bitter end before doing the right thing. — Ashly Lorenzana


Soldiers live. He dies and not you, and you feel guilty, because you're glad he died, and not you. Soldiers live, and wonder why. — Glen Cook


Every advantage is temporary. — Katerina Stoykova Klemer


What's been important in my understanding of myself and others is the fact that each one of us is so much more than any one thing. A sick child is much more than his or her sickness.
A person with a disability is much, much more than a handicap. A pediatrician is more than a medical doctor. You're MUCH more than your job description or your age or your income or your output.— Fred Rogers


If there is a single definition of healing it is to enter with mercy and awareness those pains, mental and physical, from which we have withdrawn in judgment and dismay. — Stephen Levine

How soon will we accept this opportunity to be fully alive before we die? — Stephen


Through each crisis in my life, with acceptance and hope, in a single defining moment, I finally gained the courage to do things differently. — Sharon E. Rainey


When you believe you reflect what is holy and good, you can see more that is good in every stage of your life. — Victoria Moran

Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery. — J.K Rowling


Life is bristling with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to cultivate one's garden. — Voltaire


A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;
How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more
than he.— Walt Whitman


I know what it's like to battle everyday of my life, just for acceptance, just to survive.— Christine Feehan

The Perfect Way is only difficult for those who pick and choose; do not like, do not dislike: All will then be clear. — Seng Ts'an


Falling in love was simple; one had only to yield. Digesting another person, however, and sustaining love, was bloody work, and not a soft job. — Hanif Kureishi


To respect the dignity of a relationship also implies accepting the end when it comes. Except in my mind, except in my dreams, where the aftertaste of her still lingers. — André P. Brink


I'm only telling you on the truth, he said. If you can't stand the truth, don't ask for it. — Colum McCann

Close both eyes see with the other one. Then we are no longer saddled by the burden of our persistent judgments our ceaseless withholding our constant exclusion. Our sphere has widened and we find ourselves quite unexpectedly in a new expansive location in a place of endless acceptance and infinite love. — Gregory Boyle


I can't explain that, except to say there's release in knowing the truth no matter how anguishing it is. You come finally to the irreducible thing, and there's nothing left to do but pick it up and hold it. Then, at least, you can enter the severe mercy of acceptance. — Sue Monk Kidd


One must lie under certain circumstances and at all times when one can't do anything about them. — Harper Lee


I will not compare myself with others, nor them with me. I will appreciate myself and others for what I and they contribute. — Gail Blanke


There will always be people who will accept you for what you are! — Sakura Tsukuba


The meditative mind sees disagreeable or agreeable things with equanimity, patience, and good-will. Transcendent knowledge is seeing reality in utter simplicity. — Jean-Yves Leloup


The experience of mystery comes not from expecting it but through yielding all your programs, because your programs are based on fear and desire. Drop them and the radiance comes. — Joseph Campbell


Not being understood may be taken as a sign that there is much in one to understand. — Alain de Botton


We all belong here equally...Just by being born onto the earth we are accepted and the earth supports us. We don't have to be especially good. We don't have to accomplish anything. We don't even have to be healthy. — Polly Horvath


A tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be it is obeying [God]. It consents, so to speak, to [God's] creative love. It is expressing an idea which is in God and which is not distinct from the essence of God, and therefore a tree imitates God by being a tree — Thomas Merton

When life hands you lemons--' Yeah, yeah, I know: make lemon-aid.' I was going to say Smile sweetly and throw them away when life's not looking, but your way works too. Though I've never been particularly fond of lemon-aid. Lemon mig is much more to my --' Reggie!' Oh, right, sorry. — Captain Whitney


Life has its rhythm ad we have ours. They’re designed to coexist in harmony, so that when we do what is ours to do and otherwise let life be, we garner acceptance and serenity. — Victoria Moran


Ascension to successive echelons in the pyramid of awareness is an act of inclusion requiring unconditional acceptance of all that lies below. — Gerald R. Stanek

Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.— Helen Keller


It is what it is. Isn't that how these things always go? They are what they are. We just get to cope. – Shaun — Mira Grant

The most unpresentable persons are generally the most interesting. — Teresa de la Parra

When the guy kissed her, Cassidy felt a stab of pain that was close to physical, and therefore within the penumbra of hurts he told himself he could bear. — John L. Parker Jr.

And second, everyone is so weird, but they're all completely accepted. It's like, okay, you have a pumpkin head, and that guy's made of tin, and you're a talking chicken, but what the hell, let's do a road trip. — Rebecca Makkai


You are what your creators and experiences have made you, like every other being in this universe. Accept that and be done; I tire of your whining.— N.K. Jemisin


Recording the details of our lives is a stance against bombs with their ability to kill, against too much speed and efficiency. A writer must say yes to life, to all of life: the water glasses, the Kemp's half and half, the ketchup on the counter. It is not a writer's task to say, It is dumb to live in a small town or to eat in a cafe when you can eat macrobiotic at home. Our task is to say a holy yes to the real things of our life as they exist-- the real truth of who we are: several pounds overweight, the gray, cold street outside, the Christmas tinsel in the showcase, the Jewish writer in the orange booth across from her blond friend who has black children. We must become writers who accept things as they are, come to love the details, and step forward with a yes on our lips so there can be no more noes in the world, noes that invalidate life and stop these details from continuing.— Natalie Goldberg


Perhaps a physicist would know at once why this whole idea was absurd. But then, perhaps a physicist would be so locked into the consensus of his scientific community that it would be harder for him to accept an idea that transformed the meaning of everything he knew. Even if it were true.— Orson Scott Card

And the view was suddenly clear to me. The world opened out to its grim beyonds and I realized that, at forty, one must learn the rigors of acceptance. Capitalize it: Acceptance. I needed to accept what was put before me--be it a watery grave in Ireland's only natural fjord, or a return to the city and its grayer intensities, or a wordless exile in some steaming Cambodian swamp hole, or poems or no poems, or children or not, lovers or not, illness or otherwise, success or its absence. I would accept all that was put in my way, from here on through until I breathed my last.— Kevin Barry

Clearly, all fear has an element of resistance and a leaning away from the moment. Its dynamic is not unlike that of strong desire except that fear leans backward into the last safe moment while desire leans forward toward the next possibility of satisfaction. Each lacks presence. — Stephen

And you require no answers, Foamfollower was laughing in his gladness, You are sufficient to every question.— Stephen R. Donaldson


A world where a majority had imbibed the lessons implicit within tragic art would be one in which the consequences of our failures would necessarily cease to weigh upon us so heavily.— Alain de Botton


We each appear to hold within ourselves a range of divergent views as to our native qualities.. And amid such uncertainty, we typically turn to the wider world to settle the question of our significance.. we seem beholden to affections of others to endure ourselves.— Alain de


What an unilateral life, when from the material of a renunciation, we must fashion something we love.— Rainer Maria Rilke


Gladys didn’t believe there was anything like perfect, fairytale love. Most people were flawed and prone to mistakes. She thought herself a romantic but treated love with the same practicality she did most things. They’d had fall-outs and misunderstandings but she’d never been free to be herself like she was with Edward. She couldn’t imagine being with another person after him. — Myne