"​Realistic acceptance of the way things are now may ... be seen as the first step in making positive changes in the world. Berating our condition and wishing it were otherwise produces nothing but more misery as we involve ourselves with the unhappy contrast between what is and what ought to be. Accepting conditions as they are while working to change them sidesteps some of the current, unnecessary misery while the work of constructive change continues." - David K. Reynolds

"The more you accept and tolerate the fact that you are awash with all sorts of complicated and difficult thoughts and feelings, and allow them to be there and to go free, your being in the world will be less encumbered, you will be less preoccupied, and you will have more space to engage with other people as they are." - James Low

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

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

"Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune." - 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, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices." - Paul Tournier

"Where there is acceptance, a great strength and flexibility arise in the mind." - Rob Nairn

"True acceptance doesn’t contain any kind of attitude of rejection..... Something arises, and you don’t respond with a moral ... judgment. You just recognize the feeling or experience for what it is, whether it’s something that feels good or doesn’t feel good. You experience it with presence and awareness."
- A. H. Almaas

“If we recognise the actuality of things, then we have the potential to apply wisdom to the situation and shift our own relationship to what is occurring in ways that can be profoundly healing and transformative… Without acceptance of a situation is is very difficult to know where to stand and to take a first step” - Jon Kabat-Zinn