Acceptance Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old acceptance quotes, acceptance sayings, and acceptance proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.     

William James

Acceptance doesn't mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there's got to be a way through it.     

Michael J. Fox

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.

Letting go doesn't mean that you don't care about someone anymore. It's just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.     

Deborah Reber

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

Stephanie Perkins

Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.     

Ann Landers

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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Die while alive and be thoroughly dead. Then do what you will, and all will be well.     

Philip Kapleau

I am Dead, but it's not so bad. I've learned to live with it.     

Isaac Marion

Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.     

Shannon L. Alder

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.     

Mark Twain

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

Valery Satterwhite

Sometimes you just have to regret things and move on.     

Charlaine Harris

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.     

Lucille Ball

Have a big enough heart to love unconditionally, and a broad enough mind to embrace the differences that make each of us unique.     

D.B. Harrop

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.     

Dalai Lama XIV

You're always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.     

Diane Von Furstenberg

It is easier to make our wishes conform to our means than to make our means conform to our wishes.     

Robert E. Lee

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

Laugh at yourself, not with ridicule but with objectivity and acceptance of self.     

C. W. Metcalf

When you stop living your life based on what others think of you real life begins. At that moment, you will finally see the door of self acceptance opened.     

Shannon L. Alder

Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.     

Eckhart Tolle

Live your life, sing your song. Not full of expectations. Not for the ovations. But for the joy of it.     

Rasheed Ogunlaru

Nobody's going to win all the time. On the highway of life you can't always be in the fast lane.     

Haruki Murakami

The opinion which other people have of you is their problem, not yours.     

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.     

Alan Watts

Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.     

James Baldwin

I'm not okay, you're not okay, and that's okay.     

William Sloane Coffin

Acceptance makes an incredible fertile soil for the seeds of change.     

Steve Maraboli

When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.     

Peace Pilgrim

As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you - the first time around.     

Oprah Winfrey

But there isn't any second half of myself waiting to plug in and make me whole. It's there. I'm already whole.     

Sally Field

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

The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are.     

Goldie Hawn

You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.     

Joseph Goldstein

Accept yourself as you are. Otherwise you will never see opportunity. You will not feel free to move toward it; you will feel you are not deserving.     

Maxwell Maltz

Accept yourself: flaws, quirks, talents, secret thoughts, all of it, and experience true liberation.     

Amy Leigh Mercree

Acceptance is a letting-go process. You let go of your wishes and demands that life can be different. It's a conscious choice.     

Gary Emery

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.     

Maria Robinson

If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.     

Mary Engelbreit

We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves.     

Lynn Hall

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.     

Albert Einstein

Acceptance is observation of life and suspension of judgment about whether what is happening is good or bad, right or wrong.     

Ron Smotherman

Whether it is the best of times or the worst of times, it is only time we have.     

Art Buchwald

One must not attempt to justify them, but rather to sense their nature simply and clearly.     

Albert Einstein

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

Clark Moustakas

Everything begins with accepting oneself. Without self-acceptance, one cannot accomplish anything.     

Xuan-Thu Nguyen

I love my past. I love my present. I'm not ashamed of what I've had, and I'm not sad because I have it no longer.     

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.     

Roger C. Anderson

Don't try to understand everything. Because sometimes it's not meant to be understood, but to be accepted.     

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