Acceptance (quotes)


What is acceptance?


Acceptance is the act of accepting a difficult or unpleasant situation


The core of many spiritual teachings is acceptance


Spirituality is allowing what is

  • All of your pain and suffering comes from your resistance to what is. Dick Sutphen’s one sentence summary of the teachings of Buddha
  • Every true spiritual teaching is about entering the state of non-resistance voluntarily, that is to say consciously.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Of course, there is not formula for success except, perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.  Arthur Rubinstein
  • Spirituality: Allowing what IS … to Be.  RaMah
  • Spiritual security means you are fully alive and comfortable in your life as it is, without expecting anything.  Dainin Katagiri
  • At bottom, the whole concern of religion is with the manner of our acceptance of the universe.  William James
  • Spiritual progress is based on acceptance as a matter of free will and choice and thus everyone experiences only the world of their own choosing. The universe is totally free of victims and all eventualities are the unfolding of inner choice and decision.  David R. Hawkins
  • Zen practice is the practice of liking what you get. We usually have a thin margin of acceptance; we like very little of what we get. We want something else. Maybe we want what we think we deserve or what we think everyone else has.  Daniel Doen Silberberg
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Non-acceptance is suffering


Suffering in life is just about always caused by some form of non-acceptance

  • The pain that you create now is always some form of non-acceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment. On the emotional level, it is some form of negativity. The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment, and this in turn depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Non-acceptance is always suffering, no matter what you are not accepting. Acceptance is always freedom, no matter what you are accepting.  Cheri Huber
  • All of your pain and suffering comes from your resistance to what is. Dick Sutphen’s one sentence summary of the teachings of Buddha
  • Non-acceptance of change causes suffering.  Sampo Kaasila
  • He who doesn’t accept the conditions of life sells his soul.  Charles Baudelaire
  • If you are not in the state of either acceptance, enjoyment, or enthusiasm, look closely and you will find that you are creating suffering for yourself and others.  Eckhart Tolle
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What you resist only gets stronger

  • The best way is not to fight it, just go. Don’t be trying all the time to fix things. What you run from only stays with you longer. When you fight something, you only make it stronger.   Chuck Palahniuk
  • Anything that you fight with or struggle against grows larger. You give power to lower energies by focusing upon them. You don’t eliminate darkness by arguing with it. The only way to eliminate darkness is to turn on a light.  Doreen Virtue
  • What you resist, persists.  If you are resisting something, you are feeding it.  Any energy you actively fight, you are feeding.  If you are using negative energy to push something away, you are inviting it to stay.   Marc and Angel Chernoff
  • Whatever we fight, we shall strengthen, for the mere fact of fighting it is witness to our belief in it.  Belief is but worship by degree. Resistance of any kind achieves the opposite of its intent.  Peter Erbe
  • Whatever you are pushing against, you are stuck to.  Werner Erhard
  • When you antagonize any given situation, you give it power against yourself. But when you offer mental non- resistance the opposition will crumble before you. Alan A. Rowbotham
  • What you resist always persists. This is because by resisting something you are directing negative energy to that object.  Simona Rich
  • If you are resisting something, you are feeding it.  Any energy you fight, you are feeding.   If you are pushing something away, you are inviting it to stay. Michael Singer
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Accept life


Accept your life and its unfolding …

  • Spiritual security means you are fully alive and comfortable in your life as it is, without expecting anything. Dainin Katagiri
  • What’s important is living the life I have – being utterly here and present – rather than wanting a different life or thinking there’s something more or better to have. Geneen Roth
  • Acceptance is observation of life and suspension of judgment about whether what is happening is good or bad, right or wrong. R. Smotherman
  • Anything in life that we don’t accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it. Shakti Gawain
  • Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.  Henry Miller
  • I accept life unconditionally.  Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don’t set any condition.   Arthur Rubinstein
  • God asks no person whether he or she will accept life. That is not the choice.  You must take it. The only question is how.  Henry Ward Beecher
  • Accept whatever comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny, for what could more aptly fit your needs?  Marcus Aurelius

… although realise this has nothing to do with resignation

  • 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 . . . . To accept is to say yes to life in its entirety.   Paul Tournier

Accept this moment as it is


Accept this moment as it is …

  • Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Eckhart Tolle
  • Accept the present moment without judgment. Eckhart Tolle
  • Accept whatever comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny, for what could more aptly fit your needs? Marcus Aurelius
  • Accept—then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Each day, accept everything that comes to you as a gift. At night, mentally give it all back. In this way, you become free.  Daniel Levin
  • Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free. Stay centred by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.   Chuang Tzu
  • This means that your acceptance of this moment is total and complete. You accept things as they are, not as you wish they were in this moment. This is important to understand. You can wish for things in the future to be different, but in this moment, you have to accept things as they are. Deepak Chopra
  • We can only Be Here Now when we accept instantly our moment-by-moment emotional experience. Gita Bellin
  • 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
  • You must accept the present as is. Accept the present and intend the future. The future is something you can always create through detached intention, but you should never struggle against the present.  Deepak Chopra
  • You can wish for things in the future to be different, but in this moment, you have to accept things as they are. Deepak Chopra
  • 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
  • Acceptance means accepting the conditions of the moment (e.g. there is pain), rather than the story or concept you create around it (e.g. I have a serious illness.)  Eckhart Tolle
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… without judging it as good or bad

  • Acceptance is observation of life and suspension of judgment about whether what is happening is good or bad, right or wrong.   R. Smotherman
  • And when you live in complete acceptance of what is – which is the only sane way to live – there is no “good” or “bad” in your life anymore. There is only a higher good – which includes the “bad.”  Eckhart Tolle
  • Since everything in life is but an experience perfect in being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection, one may well burst out in laughter.  Longchenpa
  • Your acceptance of what is takes you to a deeper level where your inner state as well as your sense of self no longer depend on the mind’s judgments of “good” or “bad.”  Eckhart Tolle
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How to practice accepting what is


Acceptance is a letting go of inner resistance

  • Resistance is an inner contraction, a hardening of the shell of the ego. you are closed. Yielding means inner acceptance of what is. You are open to life.  Eckhart Tolle
  • I have learned to offer no resistance to what is; I have learned to allow the present moment to be and to accept the impermanent nature of all things and conditions. Thus, I have found peace.  Eckhart Tolle
  • In the acknowledgement of what is, there is the cessation of all conflict.  Jiddu Krishnamurti
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Acceptance is a form of acknowledgement

  • The first stage in awakening is to acknowledge that you are not awake. The first stage in healing your pain is to acknowledge the pain. The first stage in liberating yourself from limiting beliefs is to acknowledge those limiting beliefs. The first stage in freeing yourself from anger is to acknowledge the anger. The first stage in freeing yourself from fear is to acknowledge the fear.  If you’re not willing to acknowledge who you are right now, you will never be free. And you have to acknowledge it all with love, acceptance, and compassion, and without any judgment.  Leonard Jacobson
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Practice acceptance of what is by letting go of past and future

  • The letting go or acceptance of your experience and state of mind as it is, is always the act of living completely and perfectly in this moment. For we have noted that ego consciousness is a bondage of time, being essentially a complex of memories and anticipations. All egocentric action has an eye to the past or the future; in the strict present the ego does not exist. This is easier to prove by experiment rather than theory, for in concentrating simply and solely upon what is happening at this moment, anticipation and anxiety vanish. … Many masters of the spiritual life have therefore laid especial value upon the exercise of living and thinking simply in this moment, letting the past and the future drop out of the mind; for the ego drops away with them, together with its pride in the past and its fear and greed for the future.  Alan Watts.
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Practice acceptance of what is through mindfulness

  • Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.  Sylvia Boorstein
  • Of course, there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.  Arthur Rubinstein
  • Attention is the key to transformation – and full attention also implies acceptance. Attention is like a beam of light –   the focused power of your consciousness that transmutes everything into itself.  Eckhart Tolle
  • It will support and deepen your mindfulness to bring an attitude of curiosity, openness, non- judgmental acceptance, and even a kind of friendliness to the things you’re aware of.    Rick Hanson
  • Mindfulness is a way of being which involves bringing awareness to the unfolding of present experience, moment-to- moment, with curiosity, openness and acceptance. It involves a process of becoming more aware and accepting towards all your experiences—including the unpleasant ones.  Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Practice acceptance of what is through humour

  • Bad humour is an evasion of reality; good humour is an acceptance of it.  Malcolm Muggeridge
  • How are we to survive? Solemnity is not the answer, any more than witless and irresponsible frivolity is. I think our best chance lies in humor, which in this case means a wry acceptance of our predicament. We don’t have to like it but we can at least recognize its ridiculous aspects, one of which is ourselves.  Ogden Nash
  • It is a fact of life that we find ourselves in unpleasant demoralizing situations which we can neither escape nor control. We can keep our morale and spirits high by using both coping and hoping humour. Coping humor laughs at the hopelessness in our situation. It gives us the courage to hang in there, but it does not bring hope. The uniqueness of hoping humour lies in its acceptance of life with all its dichotomies, contradictions, and incongruities. It celebrates the hope in human life. From one comes courage, from the other comes inspiration.  Cy Eberhart
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Practice acceptance through gratitude

  • Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Melody Beattie
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Learn acceptance from other beings

  • Watch any plant or animal and let it teach you acceptance of what is, surrender to the Now. Let it teach you Being. Let it teach you integrity — which means to be one, to be yourself, to be real.  Eckhart Tolle

Say “yes” to life

  • 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 . . . . To accept is to say yes to life in its entirety.  Paul Tournier
  • When we put down ideas of what life should be like, we are free to wholeheartedly say yes to our life as it is.  Tara Brach
  • Acceptance doesn’t mean you have to say “yes” to everything, but it does affect how you say “no”.  Anthony Lambert
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You always have a choice to accept what is – or accept responsibility for changing it

  • There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.  Denis Waitley
  • Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.  Denis Waitley
  • If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences. No excuses. No negativity. No psychic pollution. Keep your inner space clear.  Eckhart Tolle
  • To complain is always non-acceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.  Eckhart Tolle
  • God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.   Reinhold Niebuhr

Acceptance is the antithesis of complaining

  • Acceptance means no complaining, and happiness means no complaining about the things over which you can do nothing.  Wayne Dyer
  • Complaining doesn’t make problems go away.  It only makes them worse, because it has a magnifying effect.  Complaining is an attempt to unload our problems on others, a way of refusing to accept them as necessary conditions of life.  Hal Urban
  • To complain is always non-acceptance of what is. It invariably caries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So, change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Learn to accept in silence the minor aggravations, cultivate the gift of taciturnity, and consume your own smoke with an extra draft 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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The rewards of accepting what is  


Acceptance allows you to stop fighting with the inevitable, thus releasing energy

  • Be willing to have it so. Acceptance is the first step in overcoming the consequences of misfortune. We need to allow ourselves to cooperate with the inevitable, take things in our stride with strength. As we stop fighting the inevitable, we release energy that enables us to create a richer life.  Dale Carnegie
  • Arguing with reality it like trying to teach a cat to bark.  Byron Katie
  • Rather than fighting it internally, wouldn’t it be much better just to accept what is first – and then change what you want, if you still want to?  Karl Moore
  • For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Only by acceptance of the past can you alter it.  T. S. Eliot
  • Stop looking to fix your situation, and find your freedom right here in this overflowing sea of hardship. Stop fighting difficulty and sink into acceptance.  Grace Schireson
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Acceptance brings happiness

  • Contentment comes as the infallible result of great acceptances, great humilities–of not trying to make ourselves this or that, but of surrendering ourselves to the fullness of life–of letting life flow through us.  David Grayson
  • Happiness can exist only in acceptance.  Denis De Rougamont
  • Happiness is life served up with a scoop of acceptance, a topping of tolerance and sprinkles of hope, although chocolate sprinkles also work.  Robert Brault
  • Happiness is the realization of God in the heart. Happiness is the result of praise and thanksgiving, of faith, of acceptance; a quiet tranquil realization of the love of God.  White Eagle
  • Let there be space around your unhappiness. That space comes when there is inner acceptance of whatever you are experiencing in the present moment.  Eckhart Tolle
  • My personal opinion is that the neutral position on the mood spectrum—what I called emotional sea level—is not happiness but rather contentment and the calm acceptance that is the goal of many kinds of spiritual practice.  Andrew Weil
  • My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.   Michael J. Fox
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Acceptance makes room for love, peace and joy

  • All you really need to do is accept this moment fully. You are then at ease in the here and now and at ease with yourself.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Anything in life that we don’t accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it.  Shakti Gawain
  • The core principle for feeling at peace in the present moment is to act or accept, but never stay stuck.  John Kuypers
  • 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
  • Happiness can exist only in acceptance.   Denis De Rougamont
  • Ask not that events should happen as you will, but let your will be that events should happen as they do, and you shall have peace.  Epictetus
  • Creating equanimity in your mind means attempting to let go of negative judgments about what you are experiencing and replacing them with an attitude of loving acceptance and gentle matter- of-factness.   Creating equanimity in your body is maintaining a continuous relaxed state over your body as sensations (both pleasant and unpleasant) wash through.  Shinzen Young
  • Equanimity is the resounding voice in our guts that remind us this, too, shall pass. It is the intelligence in us that knows change is the only constant on earth, and somewhere along the way, we must yield to it, surrender control of everything outside of ourselves and head into the day choosing to accept the moment as it arrives.   Danielle Robinson
  • Peace is non-resistance, complete acceptance, identification with all, everyone, everything.  Lester Levenson
  • The very first step of overcoming pain and sadness is accepting it; only after this acceptance has been established can you come up with a plan for recovery.   Marc and Angel Chernoff
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Acceptance brings patience

  • Patience is not passive waiting. Patience is active acceptance of the process required to attain your goals and dreams.  Ray Davis
  • 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
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Acceptance brings freedom and relief

  • Freedom is instantaneous the moment we accept things as they are.  Karen Maezen Miller
  • The way towards freedom from a situation often lies in acceptance of the situation.  Rachel Naomi Remen
  • Acceptance is the wisdom to take people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur, rather than constantly trying to impose our agendas and opinions upon them. Only when we arrive at the wisdom of acceptance do we begin to truly live. Acceptance liberates us. It sets us free to enjoy the moment.  Matthew Kelly
  • Acceptance of what is actually occurring in the moment is one of the ultimate forms of wisdom. It is one of the greatest stress relievers available to the human race.  Richard Carlson
  • Enlightenment is the “quiet acceptance of what is.” I believe the truly enlightened beings are those who refuse to allow themselves to be distressed over things that simply are the way they are.  Wayne Dyer
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Acceptance is the first step to overcoming the consequences of misfortune

  • Be willing to have it so; acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.  William James
  • Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.  J.K. Rowling

Acceptance opens you to life’s lessons

  • When you are in a state of non-acceptance, it’s difficult to learn. A clenched fist cannot receive a gift, and a clenched psyche grasped tightly against the reality of what must not be accepted cannot easily receive a lesson.  John-Roger
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Acceptance is the first step to change

  • Do you constantly want to change the way things are? What if you had done that one thing differently in the past? Stop it. You’re putting yourself in mental hell. Accept what is. Ironically, that is the first step to change.  Henri Junttila
  • Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change.  Katherine Mansfield
  • The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.  Nathaniel Branden
  • We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.  Carl Jung
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Acceptance leads to intelligent action

  • Do what you have to do. In the meantime, accept what is. Since mind and resistance are synonymous, acceptance immediately frees you from mind dominance and thus reconnects you with Being. As a result, the usual ego motivations for “doing” – fear, greed, control, defending or feeding the false sense of self – will cease to operate. An intelligence much greater than the mind is now in charge, and so a different quality of consciousness will flow into your doing.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Active acceptance is about recognizing things as they are and then choosing the course of action we deem appropriate and worthy of ourselves. It is about recognizing that at every moment in our life we have a choice—to be afraid and yet to act courageously, to feel jealous and yet to act benevolently, to accept being human and act with humanity. Tal Ben- Shahar
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Acceptance is the final stage of grief

  • As hard as it is, you cannot avoid the pain of loss, but realize that by experiencing these feelings, they will decrease over time and you will speed up the grieving process. The stages of grieving frequently include: shock/denial, bargaining, anger, depression and eventually acceptance. Extreme grief feels like it will last forever, but it doesn’t if we cope in some healthy ways.  Dr. Kim Maertz
  • And you would accept the seasons of your heart just as you have always accepted that seasons pass over your fields and you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.  Kahlil Gibran
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Accept yourself


Accept yourself as you are

  • You are wholly complete and your success in life will be in direct proportion to your ability to accept this truth about you.  Dr. Robert Anthony
  • Accept everything about yourself. I mean everything. You are you, and that is the beginning and the end; No apologies, no regrets.  Clark Montanas
  • Accept yourself as you are right now. I may not be perfect, but I am okay just the way I am.  Richard Carlson
  • Accept who you are… and revel in it.  Mitch Albom
  • To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.  Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Clearly recognizing what is happening inside us, and regarding what we see with an open, kind and loving heart, is what I call Radical Acceptance.  Tara Brach
  • The greatest success is successful self-acceptance.  Ben Sweet
  • Our entire life consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are.  Jean Anouih
  • The most important point is to accept yourself and stand on your two feet.  Shunryu Suzuki
  • Love yourself—accept yourself—forgive yourself—and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.  Leo F. Buscaglia
  • Acceptance in its purest sense means accepting yourself for what and who you are.  Clare Wilde
  • Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.  Ellen DeGeneres
  • It doesn’t matter what we do until we accept ourselves. Once we accept ourselves, it doesn’t matter what we do.  Charly Heavenrich
  • Everything begins with accepting oneself. Without self-acceptance, one cannot accomplish anything.  Xuan-Thu Nguyen
  • Let us learn to accept ourselves–accept the truth that we are capable in some directions and limited in others, that genius is rare, that mediocrity is a portion of almost all of us, but that we can contribute from the storehouse of our skills to the enrichment of our common life.  Joshua Liebman
  • See if you can give yourself gifts that may be true blessings, such as self-acceptance, or some time each day with no purpose. Practice feeling deserving enough to accept these gifts without obligation – to simply receive from yourself, and from the universe.  Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Accept what’s good about you

  • I am my own biggest critic. Before anyone else has criticized me, I have already criticized myself. But for the rest of my life, I am going to be with me and I don’t want to spend my life with someone who is always critical. So, I am going to stop being my own critic. It’s high time that I accept all the great things about me.   C. JoyBell C.
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Accept your humanness too …

  • We’re not here to get over our humanness, but rather to accept and make peace with it… and to remember our Divine nature.  Sonia Choquette
  • Accept your humanness as well as your divinity, totally and without reserve. Bernard Avishai

… including your imperfections and weaknesses …

  • Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets.  Henry A. Kissinger
  • To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections.  Sandra Bierig
  • Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness.  Jean Vanier
  • Warriors of the light are not perfect. Their beauty lies in accepting this fact and still desiring to grow and to learn.  Paulo Coelho
  • Unless I accept my faults, I will most certainly doubt my virtues.  Hugh Prather
  • Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.   Brendan Francis
  • Self-acceptance is a way of viewing oneself compassionately, without condemnation or justification. It is a starting point in life which makes other things possible. It celebrates the fullness of joy of being alive and of being who we are: accepting ourselves, however, does not mean embracing our neuroses or bad habits and celebrating them as if they were virtues. On the contrary, self-acceptance involves loving ourselves enough to accept painful truths about ourselves. . . . Self-acceptance is, at its simplest, the experience of one’s self, here and now, as a complete human being, with all the glories and problems that condition entails.  Don Richard Riso
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… and your shadow

  • Only in the recognition and acceptance of our shadow side can we become whole, integrated, reconciled, and therefore truly and fully ourselves.  Ruben Habito
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Accept yourself by forgiving yourself

  • The supreme act of forgiveness is when you can forgive yourself for all the wounds you have created in your own life. Forgiveness is an act of self-love. When you forgive yourself, self- acceptance begins and self-love grows.  Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Forgive Yourself.  We tend to be our own worst critics which makes self-forgiveness something that is easier said than done. It involves an attitude of openness, self- acceptance, letting go of anger, and a belief in one’s own worth and goodness. Self- forgiveness is not abdicating responsibility. It is seeing mistakes as opportunities for learning rather than as personal failure.   Dr. Tracy Ochester
  • Forgiveness entails the authentic acceptance of our own worthiness as human beings, the understanding that mistakes are opportunities for growth, awareness and the cultivation of compassion, and the realization that the extension of love to ourselves and others is the glue that holds the universe together.  Forgiveness is not a set of behaviors, but an attitude.  Joan Borysenko
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Accept yourself by ceasing to struggle against who you are

  • 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
  • Practising self-acceptance is about refusing to be in an adversarial relationship with myself.  Nathaniel Branden

Accepting yourself begins with self-examination

  • The journey into self-love and self-acceptance must begin with self-examination … until you take the journey of self- reflection, it is almost impossible to grow or learn in life.  Iyanla Vanzant
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Accept your body

  • Body acceptance means, as much as possible, approving of and loving your body, despite its “imperfections”, real or perceived. That means accepting that your body is fatter than some others, or thinner than some others, that your eyes are a little crooked, that you have a disability that makes walking difficult, that you have health concerns that you have to deal with — but that all of that doesn’t mean that you need to be ashamed of your body or try to change it. Body acceptance allows for the fact that there is a diversity of bodies in the world, and that there’s no wrong way to have one.  Golda Poretsky
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The rewards of self-acceptance


Paradoxically, accepting yourself as you are brings transformation and growth

  • The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.  Carl Rogers
  • The first step toward change is acceptance. Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change. That’s all you have to do. Change is not something you do, it’s something you allow.  Will Garcia
  • Eventually you realize that you can become the person you want to be by accepting who you are.  Robert Brault
  • Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.  Albert Einstein
  • Growth begins when we begin to accept our weaknesses.  Jean Vanier
  • Self-approval and self-acceptance in the now are the main keys to positive changes in every area of our lives.  Louise L. Hay
  • A total acceptance of yourself brings about a total transcendence of yourself.  Adyashanti
  • Acceptance is such an important commodity, some have called it “the first law of personal growth”.  Peter McWilliams
  • As a psychotherapist, I see nothing does as much for an individual’s self-esteem as becoming aware of and accepting disowned parts of the self. The first steps of healing and growth are awareness and acceptance—consciousness and integration.  Nathaniel Branden
  • At the heart of personality is the need to feel a sense of being lovable without having to qualify for that acceptance.  Maurice Wagner
  • No amount of self-improvement can make up for any lack of self-acceptance.  Robert Holden
  • You unlock the door to greater levels of excellence and success when you accept who you are. It is from the point of acceptance that we can create a masterful life.  Steve Maraboli
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Accepting yourself allows you to more readily accept and love others

  • You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy.  Jane Roberts
  • Those who love others grandly are those who love themselves grandly. Those who have a high toleration and acceptance of others are those who have a high toleration and acceptance of themselves.  Neale Donald Walsch
  • Love is forgiving, accepting, moving on, embracing, and all encompassing. And if you’re not doing that for yourself, you cannot do that with anyone else.  Steve Maraboli
  • I suggest that the more you are able to see, love, and accept the one facet of Spirit gazing at you from the mirror, the more you will be able to love Spirit within others. If we are the same awareness shining through a billion separate forms, then all love begins with self-love. For the heart to awaken, it cannot exclude a single soul, including yourself. If you do not love yourself, how can you find the space to love others?  Dan Millman
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Accepting yourself makes you become more complete and fully alive

  • The essence of being alive is loving acceptance of yourself, for once we accept ourselves we unleash the beauty that lies within our soul.  Micheal Teal
  • When we accept ourselves exactly as we are, in exactly this moment, we shift from living for tomorrow to appreciating today. Acceptance heals. Rejection harms. Nurture and nourish yourself.   Kris Carr
  • When I allow myself to be human and let go of my harsh judgements, I flower and bloom. My eyes are opened to my worth. Talents and gifts I never knew I had, begin to reveal themselves. Every part of me bathes in the warm glow of love and acceptance. Strengths, abilities, weaknesses and inadequacies. All things become new. No regret or shame. A life nourished from within. As the day accepts the sun and the night accepts the moon, so I accept myself. And so I become complete and whole.  John Kehoe
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Accepting yourself brings comfort and happiness

  • I define comfort as self-acceptance. When we finally learn that self-care begins and ends with ourselves, we no longer demand sustenance and happiness from others.  Jennifer Louden
  • If we pretend to be more enlightened than we really are, we will miss an opportunity to heal ourselves. Admitting our limitations can make us feel vulnerable, yet it is very freeing.  We just have to be ourselves as we are now, accepting the mixture of enlightened awareness and human limitation that is in each of us.  Through this self-acceptance, we find a deep peace and self- love.  Shakti Gawain
  • My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.  Michael J. Fox
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Accepting yourself frees you from many negative emotions

  • Jealousy is the result of one’s lack of self-confidence, self-worth, and self-acceptance. Sasha Azevedo
  • Shame is an intensely painful feeling or experience of believing we are flawed and therefore unworthy of acceptance and belonging. Shame creates feelings of fear, blame and disconnection.  Brené Brown
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Accepting yourself frees you of the burden of needing acceptance from others

  • When I accept myself, I am freed from the burden of needing you to accept me.  Dr Steve Maraboli
  • 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
  • Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are… completely.   Stacey Charter
  • In many ways, we were drugged when we were young. We were brought up to need people. For what? For acceptance, approval, appreciation, applause.  Anthony de Mello
  • The only person I want approval from is me. Instead of seeking love and acceptance from others, I work on loving and accepting myself.   Anthony Lambert
  • Until we become fully free, we put up a false front, a facade, to others for the purpose of winning the acceptance and approval of others. We behave in accordance with what we think the other one wants rather than by expressing our own real feelings.  Lester Levenson
  • 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
  • You must turn the rejection into an acceptance of yourself for who you are and not what you feel the other person wants you to be. Do not try to change yourself only to impress someone else because eventually you may come to resent it. Sooner or later someone will accept you as the person you are and will feel the same way about you that you feel about them. It only takes time and patience.   Elly Prior
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Accepting yourself helps you to accept others

  • We flourish under the benefits of encouragement, praise, approval, and acceptance.  If we live with encouragement– especially our own–we learn to be confident.  If we live with self-praise, we learn to appreciate what’s around us.  If we coexist with self-approval and self-acceptance, we’re more likely to give ourselves–and others– a little slack.  Leslie Levine

Accepting yourself unleashes creativity

  • Creativity flourishes when we have a sense of safety and self-acceptance.   Julia Cameron
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Accepting yourself makes everything in life click into place

  • I find that as we really love and accept and approve of ourselves exactly as we are, then everything in life works. It’s as if little miracles are everywhere. Our health improves, we attract more money, our relationships become much more fulfilling, and we begin to express ourselves in creatively fulfilling ways. All this seems to happen without even trying.  Louise L. Hay
  • One has just to be oneself. That’s my basic message. The moment you accept yourself as you are, all burdens, all mountainous burdens, simply disappear. Then life is a sheer joy, a festival of lights.  Osho

Accepting yourself allows you to bloom

  • … whereas allowing yourself to be human allows you to flower and bloom When I allow myself to be human and let go of my harsh judgements, I flower and bloom. My eyes are opened to my worth. Talents and gifts I never knew I had, begin to reveal themselves. Every part of me bathes in the warm glow of love and acceptance. Strengths, abilities, weaknesses and inadequacies. All things become new. No regret or shame. A life nourished from within. As the day accepts the sun and the night accepts the moon, so I accept myself. And so I become complete and whole.  John Kehoe

Accepting yourself is necessary for acceptance from others

  • Acceptance and validation.  Most of what we want from others is summed up in these two words.  We want to be included in the group, accepted as part of humanity, and we want to have our uniqueness recognised, our own feelings accepted.  But we won’t get it from others if we can’t give it to ourselves first.  Richard O’Connor
  • Set the standard! Stop expecting others to show you love, acceptance, commitment, and respect when you don’t even show that to yourself.  Steve Maraboli
  • If you can’t accept yourself, then certainly no one else will.  Sasha Azevedo

Accepting yourself frees you from perfectionism

  • Many people think of perfectionism as striving to be your best, but it is not about self- improvement; it’s about earning approval and acceptance.  Brené Brown
  • When we get caught in the myth of perfectionism, we see our faults as glaring and horrible reminders that we are not as we should be, that we have failed and are indeed ourselves failures.  This point of view doesn’t leave much room for humility, forgiveness, love, acceptance, or growth. In short, this view is pretty self-destructive.  Our imperfections are not the problem; our attitude toward them is.  This negative attitude toward the reality of imperfection is fertile ground for self-hate and negativism toward others.  Anne Wilson Schaef
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Accepting yourself brings self esteem


Accept others as they are


Accept others as they are without passing judgement

  • Close both eyes and 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
  • It is not up to you to change your brother, but merely to accept him as he is.  A Course In Miracles
  • A major advantage of age is learning to accept people without passing judgment.  Liz Carpenter
  • Acceptance is the truest kinship with humanity.   G.K. Chesterton
  • God does not make clones.  Each person is different, a tribute to God’s creativity.  If we are to love our neighbours as ourselves, we must accept people as they are and not demand that they conform to our own image.  Henry Fehren
  • Acceptance doesn’t mean you have to accept everyone else’s opinions and suppress your own. It simply means that you accept other people for who they are and where they are, and recognize that their opinions are the product of their own unique experience of life.  Matthew Kelly
  • Give love and unconditional acceptance to those you encounter, and notice what happens.  Wayne Dyer
  • Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence. It is hard to find. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. Silence is a place of great power and healing.  Rachel Naomi Remen
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Acceptance is what real love is

  • Love is made up of three unconditional properties in equal measure: 1. Acceptance  2. Understanding  3. Appreciation.  Remove any one of the three and the triangle falls apart. Which, by the way, is something highly inadvisable. Think about it — do you really want to live in a world of only two dimensions?  So, for the love of a triangle, please keep love whole.  Vera Nazarian
  • Love is unconditional acceptance and looking for the good.  Denis Waitley
  • Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun, like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.   Fred Rogers
  • A woman wants to be cherished – to be loved and accepted for who she is.   John Gray
  • Real love is accepting other people the way they are without trying to change them.  Miguel Ruiz
  • Truly loving another means letting go of all expectations. It means full acceptance, even celebration of another’s personhood. Karen Casey
  • Unconditional love is not romantic love. It is the acceptance of others as they are without judgment or expectations. It is total acceptance of others without attempting to change them, except by our own positive example.  Dick Sutphen
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Unconditional acceptance is the greatest gift you can bring someone

  • The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.  Brian Tracy
  • Every person is a precious gift, and we are all like little children who yearn for acceptance, safety, and unconditional love.  Bryant McGill

Accepting people as they are transforms relationships

  • Nothing brings down walls as surely as acceptance.  Deepak Chopra
  • The greatest catalyst for change in a relationship is complete acceptance of your partner as he or she is, without needing to judge or change them in any way. That immediately takes you beyond ego. All mind games and all addictive clinging are then over.  Eckhart Tolle
  • All the lessons of psychiatry, psychology, social work, indeed culture, have taught us over the last hundred years that it is the acceptance of differences, not the search for similarities which enables people to relate to each other in their personal or family lives.  John Ralston Saul
  • When a man can listen to woman’s feelings without getting angry and frustrated, he gives her a wonderful gift.  He makes it safe for her to express herself.  The more she is able to express herself, the more she feels heard and understood, and the more she is able to give a man the loving trust, acceptance, appreciation, admiration, approval, and encouragement that he needs.   John Gray
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Accepting people allows them space to blossom

  • When we are in a truly loving relationship, we receive the gift of being known and accepted. We become more, not less, of who we are. We receive the space in which to bloom. This is how we know we are in a loving relationship. We are blooming, and the one we love is blooming as well.  Brenda Shoshanna
  • Human beings, like plants, grow in the soil of acceptance, not in the atmosphere of rejection.  John Powell

Accepting people brings peace of mind

  • Peace of mind comes from not wanting to change others but by simply accepting them as they are. True acceptance is always without demands and expectations.  Gerald G. Jampolsky
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Accepting others helps you understand them

  • We think that when we understand them we will accept them, but it is impossible to understand a person until you accept a person….. When we sense non-acceptance, we instinctively respond by withdrawing.  Matthew Kelly
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Accepting others helps you to accept yourself

  • When we learn not to judge others – and totally accept them, and not want to change them – we can simultaneously learn to accept ourselves.  Gerald G. Jampolsky
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Often we judge others when they display a quality we cannot accept in ourselves

  • I realised that I only judged people when they displayed a quality I could not accept in myself. If someone was a show-  off, I no longer judged them because I knew that I, too, was a show- off. Only when I had completely convinced myself that I was not capable of a certain behaviour would I get upset and point my finger at the other person. When we are blaming others, we are only denying an aspect of ourselves.  Debbie Ford

Accept emotions as they arise  


Accept emotions as they arise and allow yourself to feel them …

  • Non-resistance is the key to the greatest power in the universe. Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the is- ness of the Now. You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer. Through allowing, you become what you are: vast, spacious. Consciousness (spirit) is freed from its imprisonment in form.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Without question, fear is beyond our control. Herein lies the power and the prize. If you cannot control it, the only sane alternative is to relax into pure acceptance of it.  Gay Hendrick
  • Negative human emotions are not fun to have, but ignoring them or denying them will not make them go away. Emotions need to be understood, accepted, and validated- much like naughty children. Only then can they begin to become happy and positive.  Amanda Harvey
  • Life without emotions would be as calm as death, like a world without weather. Accept feelings as they are; pleasant or painful, they are natural and don’t need fixing. Let them rise and pass without allowing changeable emotions to run your life.  Dan Millman
  • Let your feelings flow freely, accept each one of them, know that they are your feelings and no one is to blame for them. Live from your essence and watch your feelings flow; only when you accept them can you understand the story of your life.  Patricia Selbert
  • The heart of accepting your emotions and reclaiming your will is to do what you need to do despite what you are feeling. Accept and learn from your feelings, but don’t let them run your life. By remaining productive during difficult emotional episodes, you are more likely to improve your emotional state than if you do nothing but ruminate and wait for sunny skies.  Daniel Goleman
  • Many of us have a tendency to deny any negative feelings.  We judge them as “bad” or “unenlightened” when, in fact, they are our stepping stone to enlightenment.  Our so-called negative feelings or attitudes are really parts of ourselves that need recognition, love, and healing.  Not only is it safe and healthy to acknowledge and accept all of our feelings and beliefs, it is necessary, if we are to get in touch with the fears and pockets of blocked energy that are holding us back from what we want.  Shakti Gawain
  • If I am not feeling at peace, I accept my “non-peace.” Anything I accept fully will take me into peace. This is the miracle of surrender.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Let go of emotions through mindfulness

… no matter how unacceptable the mind may say they are

  • Most of us have gotten the message that some feelings are not acceptable, not polite, not to be experienced as part of the self.  We’ve stuffed or denied or dissociated ourselves from those feelings, but the emotions underneath remain there, under the surface.  They can motivate our behaviour without our awareness, and cause us guilt and shame that seems to come from nowhere.   Richard O’Connor
  • All this is wrong-headed, based on the false assumption that our feelings are dangerous or unacceptable.  It’s how we express feelings, not the feelings themselves, that can be dangerous or unacceptable.   Richard O’Connor
  • Accept the unacceptable:  lust, greed, envy, hate, murder.  Feelings like these are just as much a part of you as anything else.  We may not be proud of it, but we can’t help it, and it doesn’t help to pretend it isn’t there.  We’re social animals, and feelings about our status in the tribe, our access to the best mates to pass down our genes, are hard- wired into us.  We want to control how we act on these feelings, but we don’t have to pretend they don’t exist.  Richard O’Connor

Don’t mistake acceptance with …


Don’t mistake acceptance with resignation

  • 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
  • It makes a tremendous emotional and practical difference to one whether one accepts the universe in the drab discolored way of stoic resignation to necessity, or with the passionate happiness of Christian saints. William James
  • 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 . . . . To accept is to say yes to life in its entirety. Paul Tournier
  • Patience is…clearly not fatalistic, shoulder-shrugging resignation. It is the acceptance of a divine rhythm to life; it is obedience prolonged. Patience stoutly resists pulling up the daisies to see how the roots are doing. Neal A. Maxwell
  • Acceptance doesn’t mean that you’ve resigned yourself to live the rest of your life with a particular person, or in a particular situation. It just means that you won’t cause yourself emotional discomfort because of the way things are in this moment. Ken Keyes Jr.
  • 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
  • Acceptance is supposed to be a good thing – Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. Also compromise, as every couples therapist will tell you. But the cost was high – the damping of expectation, the dwindling of spirit, the resignation that comes to replace enthusiasm, the cynicism that supplants hope. The mouldering that goes unnoticed and unchecked. A.S.A. Harrison
  • Don’t mistake acceptance with resignation or inaction

Don’t mistake acceptance with apathy

  • Some people confuse acceptance with apathy but there’s all the difference in the world.  Apathy fails to distinguish what can and cannot be helped; acceptance makes the distinction.  Apathy paralyses the will-to-action; acceptance frees it by relieving it of impossible burdens.  Arthur Gordon
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Don’t mistake acceptance for submission

  • 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
  • Accepting does not necessarily mean ‘liking,’ ‘enjoying,’ or ‘condoning.’ I can accept what is—and be determined to evolve from there. It is not acceptance but denial that leaves me stuck.   Nathaniel Branden

Acceptance does not mean you have to say “yes” to everything, but it does affect how you say “no.”

  • If you resist or fight unconscious behaviour in others, you become unconscious yourself. But surrender does not mean that you allow yourself to be used by unconscious people. Not at all. It is perfectly possible to say “no” firmly and clearly to a person or to walk away from a situation and be in a state of complete inner non-resistance at the same time. When you say no to a person or a situation let it come not from reaction but from insight, from a clear realisation of what is right or not right for you at that moment. Let it be a nonreactive no, a high-quality no, a no that is free from negativity and so creates no further suffering.  Eckhart Tolle
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Acceptance allows you to take more effective action when you decide to

  • Your yes means that you accept the facts as they are, that you are not resisting them emotionally even if you are trying with all your might to change them. This will usually bring some peace—and will help any actions you take be more effective.   Rick Hanson
  • If you can change things, after accepting them, you’ll have a sharper mind and more energy to do so.  Karl Moore
  • 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
  • Having accepted this circumstance, this event, this problem, responsibility then means the ability to have a creative response to the situation as it is now. All problems contain the seeds of opportunity, and this awareness allows you to take the moment and transform it to a better situation or thing.  Deepak Chopra
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Accept responsibility for your life

  • Accepting complete responsibility for your life means that you refuse to make excuses or blame others for anything in your life that you’re not happy about. You refuse, from this moment forward, to criticise others for any reason. You refuse to complain about your situation or about what has happened in the past. You eliminate all your if-onlys and what-ifs and focus instead on what you really want and where you are going.  Brian Tracy
  • Having accepted things as they are, I will take responsibility for my situation and for all those events I see as problems.  Responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for your situation, including yourself.  Deepak Chopra
  • I am completely and authentically, all that I choose to be, in this moment. I am aware of what I am choosing to be, I am honest about it, and I accept responsibility for it.  Neale Donald Walsch
  • You create your own experience. Acknowledge and accept accountability for your life. Understand your role in creating results.  Dr Phil McGraw
  • Among the most important personal choices you can make is to accept complete responsibility for everything you are and everything you will ever be. This is the great turning point in life.  Brian Tracy
  • The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self- respect springs.  Joan Didion
  • The more you are willing to accept responsibility for your actions, the more credibility you will have.  Brian Koslow
  • I never blame anyone or anything for my situation, including myself. Having accepted this circumstance, I am able to have a creative response to the situation as it is now.  Deepak Chopra
  • Taking responsibility means accepting you always have a choice – and you need to make it
  • I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.  Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
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Accepting death

  • 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
  • … the peace of God can come to you through contemplation and acceptance of death.  Eckhart Tolle
  • If a form collapses through death or loss and you accept it, then there is peace and spaciousness beneath your weeping.  Eckhart Tolle
  • When we accept the loss of a form we identified with as part of who we were, then ego dies and essence shines through.  Eckhart Tolle
  • The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet if we answer it in the affirmative, if we accept it as one of the great eternal forms of life and transformation.  Hermann Hesse
  • Ignorance and fear of death overshadow life, while knowing and accepting death erases this shadow.  Lily Pincus
  • Generally speaking, the Way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death.  Miyamoto Musashi
  • Whenever death occurs, whenever a life form dissolves, God, the formless and unmanifested, shines through the opening left by the dissolving form.  That is why the most sacred thing in life is death.  That is why the peace of God can come to you through contemplation and acceptance of death.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Win the game of life; let your mind surrender and accept death.  Sri Guru Granth Sahib
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  • I ask my clients to pick up a small mirror, look into their own eyes, and say their names and, ‘I love and accept you exactly as you are.’  Louise L. Hay
  • Reframe your mind with positive affirmations. For instance, say this to yourself “I love and accept myself completely and unconditionally.” Read your affirmations out loud several times a day.  Evelyn Lim
  • I will practice Acceptance. Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur. I will know that this moment is as it should be, because the whole universe is as it should be. I will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. My acceptance is total and complete. I accept things as they are this moment, not as I wish they were.  Deepak Chopra

On a lighter note

  • Accept who you are unless you’re a serial killer.  Ellen DeGeneres
  • As long as people will accept crap it will be financially profitable to dispense it.  Dick Cavett
  • Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum.  Kurt Vonnegut
  • Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.  Ann Landers
  • Give me coffee to change the things I can and wine to accept the things I can’t.
  • I don’t care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.   Groucho Marx
  • Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to hide the bodies of those people I had to kill because they pissed me off!   Sarah Ferguson
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