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.
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."
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.
"Good enough never is" has become the motto of this company.
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.
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.
All that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable.
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.
Who except the gods can live without any pain?
Misfortune comes to all men.
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.
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