50 Acceptance Quotes on Letting Go and Moving On

In this life, nobody comes out unscathed. We are who we are because of the challenges we overcome. Good experiences alone do not strengthen and empower. Suffice to say, it will be impossible to understand the world with clarity and wisdom if things were always easy. Because it is our acceptance of adversities that we’re shaped to be the warrior that we are.

Needless to say, accepting the tough reality presented to us is not an easy feat. There will be a great deal of hating and resisting until we realize that bitterness does not heal suffering, it makes it more excruciating. The only way to get through sorrow is to let go, wade through it, and trust that what doesn’t kill you really makes you stronger.

50 Acceptance Quotes on Letting Go and Moving On

If you’re going through something, these 50 acceptance quotes will remind you that things may get a little less hard once you learn to accept.

Acceptance Quotes

The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. – Brian Tracy

The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. – Nathaniel Branden

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

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Acceptance does not mean that you placidly acquiesce to the myriad injustices that are all around you. In fact, that you are incensed about these injustices is the very reason you need to try your level best to ‘right’ these ‘wrongs.’ – Srikumar Rao

Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons. – Jessica Lange

I found that laughter was a form of acceptance, and I really enjoyed that and I just – I crave it. – Gabriel Iglesias

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

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I think tolerance and acceptance and love is something that feeds every community. – Lady Gaga

The antiquity and general acceptance of an opinion is not assurance of its truth. – Pierre Bayle

Happiness can exist only in acceptance. – George Orwell

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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

The first thing a kindness deserves is acceptance, the second, transmission. – George MacDonald

There is no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day. And there is no substitute for patience and acceptance. – Cesar Chavez

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

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Acceptance is different than apathy. It is important to strive to be your best self, your healthiest, most productive, joyful self. But that is going to be a different answer to everyone. – Teri Hatcher

Acceptance and assimilation, you know, breeds mediocrity and perhaps an even more sheep-like conformism in terms of what kind of music you’re supposed to listen to if you’re gay… What are you supposed to look like? What’s your body supposed to look like? – John Cameron Mitchell

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

acceptance misfortune quotes

It’s important to remember that the animals are not grieving with us. They’re very accepting. They’re not lying there thinking ‘How could you do this to me? Why aren’t you keeping me going?’ Pets don’t do the human things of guilt and anger and recrimination that we do. They come and go with great acceptance. – Jon Katz

The acceptance of certain realities doesn’t preclude idealism. It can lead to certain breakthroughs. – Rem Koolhaas

Sometimes you just have to regret things and move on. – Charlaine Harris

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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

Social acceptance, ‘being liked,’ has so much power because it holds the feelings of loneliness at bay. – Rollo May

Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, So what. That’s one of my favorite things to say. So what. – Andy Warhol

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At the heart of personality is the need to feel a sense of being lovable without having to qualify for that acceptance. – Paul Tournier

Any natural, normal human being, when faced with any kind of loss, will go from shock all the way through acceptance. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Maturity, one discovers, has everything to do with the acceptance of not knowing. – Mark Z. Danielewski

acceptance maturity quotes

I think it’s important to remember that Christianity was based in love and tolerance and forgiveness and acceptance. – Kristin Chenoweth

As I get older, the more I stay focused on the acceptance of myself and others, and choose compassion over judgment and curiosity over fear. – Tracee Ellis Ross

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

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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.

Bad humor is an evasion of reality; good humor is an acceptance of it. – Malcolm Muggeridge

I let it go. It’s like swimming against the current. It exhausts you. After a while, whoever you are, you just have to let go, and the river brings you home. – Joanne Harris

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I’ve learned that universal acceptance and appreciation is just an unrealistic goal. – Dan Brown

Many people resented my impatience and honesty, but I never cared about acceptance as much as I cared about respect. – Jackie Robinson

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

acceptance perfect quotes

‘Age’ is the acceptance of a term of years. But maturity is the glory of years. – Martha Graham

I’m not wise, but the beginning of wisdom is there; it’s like relaxing into – and an acceptance of – things. – Tina Turner

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

acceptance natural quotes

You couldn’t relive your life, skipping the awful parts, without losing what made it worthwhile. You had to accept it as a whole–like the world, or the person you loved. – Stewart O’Nan

Attitude is your acceptance of the natural laws, or your rejection of the natural laws. – Stuart Chase

Acceptance of prevailing standards often means we have no standards of our own. – Jean Toomer

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

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Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness. – Eckhart Tolle

Body love is more than acceptance of self or the acceptance of the body. Body love is about self-worth in general. It’s more than our physical appearance. – Mary Lambert

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

acceptance quotes

Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits, but you accept everybody just because they’re alive and human. – Albert Ellis

The acceptance that all that is solid has melted into the air, that reality and morality are not givens but imperfect human constructs, is the point from which fiction begins. – Salman Rushdie

Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune. – William James

Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory. – Jim Carrey

acceptance glory quotes

‘Star Trek’ is about acceptance, and the strength of the Starship Enterprise is that it embraces diversity in all its forms. – George Takei

Acceptance of the power of God in one’s life lays the groundwork for personal commitment to both science and Christianity, which so often have been in conflict. – Kenneth L. Pike