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Acceptance Quotes

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 says, "True, this is my situation at the moment. I'll look unblinkingly at the reality of it. But I'll also open my hands to accept willingly whatever a loving Father sends me."
~Catharine Marshall

It's not a very big step from contentment to complacency.
~Simone de Beauvoir

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

"Good enough never is" has become the motto of this company.
~Debbi Fields

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
~Reinhold Niebuhr

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

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

Self-complacency is fatal to progress.
~Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

You have to take it as it happens, but you should try to make it happen the way you want to take it.
~Old German proverb

Never deny a diagnosis, but do deny the negative verdict that may go with it.
~Norman Cousins

All that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable.
~Kathleen Norris

The happy and efficient people in this world are those who accept trouble as a normal detail of human life and resolve to capitalize it when it comes along.
~H. Bertram Lewis

For those who live neither with religious consolations about death nor with a sense of death (or of anything else) as natural, death is the obscene mystery, the ultimate affront, the thing that cannot be controlled. It can only be denied.
~Susan Sontag

Who except the gods can live without any pain?

Misfortune comes to all men.
~Chinese proverb

The real world is not easy to live in. It is rough; it is slippery. Without the most clear-eyed adjustments we fall and get crushed.
~Clarence Day

Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps 'til the legend, "over steep ways to the stars," fulfills self.
~W. C. Doane

Maturity is achieved when a person accepts life as full of tension.
~Joshua L. Liebman

Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

Into each life some rain must fall, some days must be dark and dreary.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is no man in this world without some manner of tribulation or anguish, though he be king or pope.
~Thomas a Kempis

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