Quotes for
the Journey:


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


It just ain't possible to explain some things.  It's interesting to wonder on them and do some speculation, but the main thing is you have to accept it--take it for what it is, and get on with your growing.     -Jim Dodge


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 those who have the vision to recognize it as such.       -Henry Miller

Growth begins when we start to accept our own weaknesses.       -Jean Vanier

Anything in life that we don't accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it.      -Shakti Gawain

If we rail and kick against it and grow bitter, we won't change the inevitable; but we will change ourselves.  I know.  I have tried it.  I once refused to accept an inevitable situation with which I was confronted.  I played the fool and railed against it, and rebelled.  I turned my nights into hells of insomnia.  I brought upon myself everything I didn't want.  Finally, after a year of self-torture, I had to accept what I knew from the outset I couldn't possible alter.      -Dale Carnegie
God does not make clones.  Each person is different, a tribute to God's creativity.  If we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, we must accept people as they are and not demand that they conform to our own image.      -Henry Fehren


There are people who live lives little different than the beasts, and I don't mean that badly.  I mean that they accept whatever happens day to day without struggle or question or regret.  To them things just are, like the earth and sky and seasons.      -Celeste de Blasis


My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.      -Thornton Wilder


Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.      -Helen Keller

Life is not always what one wants it to be, but to make the best of it, as it is, is the only way of being happy.               -Jennie Jerome Churchill

I accept life unconditionally.  Most people ask for happiness on condition.  Happiness can only be felt if you don't set any condition.      -Artur Rubinstein


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

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.      -Catherine Marshall

Our very first problem is to accept our present circumstances as they are, ourselves as we are, and the people about us as they are.  This is to adopt a realistic humility without which no genuine advance can even begin. . . . Provided we strenuously avoid turning these realistic surveys of the facts of life into unrealistic alibis for apathy or defeatism, the can be the sure foundation upon which increased emotional health and therefore spiritual progress can be built.       -As Bill Sees It

Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change.  So suffering must become love.  That is the mystery.        -Katherine Mansfield

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   (AIDS patient)


The survival of the fittest is the ageless law of nature, but the fittest are rarely the strong.  The fittest are those endowed with the qualifications for adaptation, the ability to accept the inevitable and conform to the unavoidable, to harmonize with existing or changing conditions.       -Dave. E Smalley


Today I know that I cannot control the ocean tides.  I can only go with the flow. . . . When I struggle and try to organize the Atlantic to my specifications, I sink.  If I flail and thrash and growl and grumble, I go under.  But, if I let go and float, I am borne aloft.      -Marie Stilkind

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

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


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


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


Acceptance is observation of life and suspension of judgment about whether what is happening is good or bad, right or wrong.       -Ron Smotherman


Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.          -Artur Rubinstein


To teach people how to live without certainty and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation is the lesson of learning acceptance.       -anonymous


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


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 paralyzes the will-to-action; acceptance frees it by relieving it of impossible burdens.      -Arthur Gordon



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

Acceptance is the truest kinship with humanity.      -G.K. Chesterton
My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.   -Michael J. Fox
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.
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
Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.    -J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
You may accept the inevitable with bitterness and resentment or with patience and grace.  Mere acceptance is not sufficient.    -Paul Brunton
Accepting that we have weaknesses becomes a strength.    -Joseph M. Marshall III, Keep Going



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The people with the clear heads are the ones who look life in the face, realize that everything in it is problematic, and feel themselves lost.  And this is the simple truth:  that to live is to feel oneself lost.  Those who accept it have already begun to find themselves, to be on firm ground.    -Jose Ortega y Gasset
One of the worst features about worrying is that it destroys our ability to concentrate.  When we worry, our minds jump here and there and everywhere, and we lose all power of decision.  However, when we force ourselves to face the worst and accept it mentally, we then eliminate all these vague imaginings and put ourselves in a position in which we are able to concentrate on our problem.     -Willis H. Carrier
If two angels were sent down from heaven--one to conduct an empire, and the other to sweep a street--they would feel no inclination to change employments.    -Isaac Newton
Our entire life. . . consists ultimately of accepting ourselves as we are.    -Jean Anouilh
Several of our children have married outside my faith.  Would I prefer they marry within their religion?  Yes, because I know that marrying outside the family faith will very likely bring them more problems--but not from me.  My job is to accept them and love them, not to criticize them and make their lives more difficult.    -Bernie Siegel
One of the reasons it's important to accept all aspects of yourself is that it allows you to be easier on yourself, more compassionate.  When you act or feel insecure, rather than pretending to be "together," you can open to the truth and say to yourself, "I'm feeling a little frightened and that's okay."  If you're feeling a little jealous, greedy, or angry, rather than deny or bury your feelings, you can open up to them, which helps you move through them quickly and grow beyond them.  When you no longer think of your negative feelings as a big deal, or as something to fear, you will no longer be as frightened by them.  When you open to the totality of your being you no longer have to pretend that your life is perfect, or even hope that it will be.  Instead you can accept yourself as you are, right now.   -Richard Carlson, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

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