These quotations about acceptance are powerful reminders of the importance of understanding and embracing life. Through the words of great minds, we can understand how to better accept what happens to us in life and to appreciate one another in all our diversity.  The opposite of acceptance is rejection or ignorance. Consider these words of wisdom, whether you’re looking to explore acceptance of others, acceptance of what happens in life, or self-acceptance.

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

— Alan Watts

Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon it.

— Albert Schweitzer

I consider myself to be a relatively sceptical person. I like to see evidence for myself, and try to avoid speculating beyond available evidence. But I also have to accept some things on trust.

— Alice Roberts

Slowly … the truth is dawning upon women, and still more slowly upon men, that woman is no stepchild of nature, no Cinderella of fate to be dowered only by fairies and the Prince; but that for her and in her, as truly as for and in man, life has wrought its great experiences, its master attainments, its supreme human revelations of the stuff of which worlds are made.

— Anna Garlin Spencer

Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious. You get to choose how you use it. You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept.

— Anna Taylor

I think the healthy way to live is to make friends with the beast inside oneself, and that means not the beast but the shadow. The dark side of one’s nature. Have fun with it and you know, is to accept everything about ourselves.

— Anthony Hopkins

Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

— Aristotle, Metaphysics

A Humanist Code of Ethics:
Do no harm to the earth, she is your mother.
Being is more important than having.
Never promote yourself at another’s expense.
Hold life sacred; treat it with reverence.
Allow each person the digity of his or her labor.
Open your home to the wayfarer.
Be ready to receive your deepest dreams;
sometimes they are the speech of unblighted conscience.
Always make restitutions to the ones you have harmed.
Never think less of yourself than you are.
Never think that you are more than another.

— Arthur Dobrin

Change is one thing. Acceptance is another.

— Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

If you can neither accept it or change it, try to laugh at it.

— Ashleigh Brilliant

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.

— Audre Lorde

Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat.

— Audre Lorde

What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires — desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.

— Bertrand Russell

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.

— Carl Rogers

In the adjustment of the new order of things, we women demand an equal voice; we shall accept nothing less.

— Carrie Chapman Catt

We hate some persons because we do not know them; and will not know them because we hate them.

— Charles Caleb Colton

The mind can assert anything and pretend it has proved it. My beliefs I test on my body, on my intuitional consciousness, and when I get a response there, then I accept.

— D. H. Lawrence

By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

There is but one philosophy and its name is fortitude! To bear is to conquer our fate.

— Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.

— Elbert Hubbard

As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

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

— Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

People must cherish their own values and appreciate the values of others. When all values come together, the world becomes a single unified entity.

— Fei Xiaotong

Peace does not dwell in outward things, but within the soul; we may preserve it in the midst of the bitterest pain, if our will remains firm and submissive. Peace in this life springs from acquiescence to, not in an exemption from, suffering.

— Francois de Fenelon

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

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

We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Rebellion against your handicaps gets you nowhere. Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world — making the most of one’s best.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

We rely upon the poets, the philosophers, and the playwrights to articulate what most of us can only feel, in joy and sorrow. They illuminate the thoughts for which we only grope; they give us the strength and balm we cannot find in ourselves. Whenever I feel my courage wavering I rush to them. They will give me the wisdom of acceptance, the will and resilience to push on.

— Helen Hayes
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