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

‘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

‘Happiness can exist only in acceptance.’ – George Orwell

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

‘Generally speaking, the Way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death.’ – Miyamoto Musashi

‘Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together.’ – Linda Thompson

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

‘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

‘Control is not real, and I’m really understanding that every day. It’s about the acceptance of relinquishing control that makes it powerful for you.’ – SZA

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

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

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

‘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

‘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

‘We all learn lessons in life. Some stick, some don’t. I have always learned more from rejection and failure than from acceptance and success.’ – Henry Rollins

‘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

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

‘Just knowing you don’t have the answers is a recipe for humility, openness, acceptance, forgiveness, and an eagerness to learn – and those are all good things.’ – Dick Van Dyke

‘The five stages – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance – are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost. They are tools to help us frame and identify what we may be feeling. But they are not stops on some linear timeline in grief.’ – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

‘That is the definition of faith – acceptance of that which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove.’ – Dan Brown

‘The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one’s country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.’ – George McGovern

‘I’m firmly convinced that true beauty only springs from the acceptance of oneself, from an awareness of who we really are.’ – Peter Lindbergh

‘I believe it’s our responsibility to show our communities the value of all people, to celebrate different, and to take a stand for acceptance and inclusion.’ – Julie Foudy

‘Panic causes tunnel vision. Calm acceptance of danger allows us to more easily assess the situation and see the options.’ – Simon Sinek

‘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

‘Perhaps one reason we are fascinated by cats is because such a small animal can contain so much independence, dignity, and freedom of spirit. Unlike the dog, the cat’s personality is never bet on a human’s. He demands acceptance on his own terms.’ – Lloyd Alexander

‘Tolerance, compromise, understanding, acceptance, patience – I want those all to be very sharp tools in my shed.’ – CeeLo Green

‘The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.’ – Maya Angelou

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

‘I think it’s nice to age gracefully. OK, you lose the youth, a certain stamina and dewy glow, but what you gain on the inside as a human being is wonderful: the wisdom, the acceptance and the peace of mind. It’s a fair exchange.’ – Cherie Lunghi

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

‘Acceptance is the only thing you should teach. Be it Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Dalit, you must inculcate acceptance, not tolerance.’ – Kamal Haasan

‘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

‘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

‘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.’ – Brene Brown

‘One has to accept pain as a condition of existence. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to the total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying.’ – Morris West

‘Citizens victimized by genocide or abandoned by the international community do not make good neighbors, as their thirst for vengeance, their irredentism and their acceptance of violence as a means of generating change can turn them into future threats.’ – Samantha Power

‘Gay marriage acceptance is happening in the blink of an eye.’ – P. J. O’Rourke

‘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.

‘Meekness implies a spirit of gratitude as opposed to an attitude of self-sufficiency, an acknowledgement of a greater power beyond oneself, a recognition of God, and an acceptance of his commandments.’ – Gordon B. Hinckley

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

‘I don’t care who you are. When you sit down to write the first page of your screenplay, in your head, you’re also writing your Oscar acceptance speech.’ – Nora Ephron

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

‘Lack of documentation is becoming a problem for acceptance.’ – Wietse Venema

‘I do not know all the history behind our courageous L.G.B.T.Q. community, but I am eager to learn and to help continue the fight for equality and acceptance.’ – Carl Nassib

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

‘Wonder Woman is a fighter, better than most, but it’s what she fights for that is important. It’s her vision of a future of peace and acceptance that makes her the right ambassador for everyone.’ – Gal Gadot

‘I’m hopeful for a world with more love, acceptance, and compassion for others.’ – Lily Aldridge

‘We all want the same thing, love and acceptance. That’s pretty much it. And what I’ve learned is that unless I’m happy with my side of the nickel, it can change violently – quickly.’ – Aldous Harding

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

‘Certainly tolerance and acceptance were at the forefront of my music.’ – Bruce Springsteen

‘I surround people in unconditional acceptance and love to such a degree that everything that is unloving about them rises to the surface.’ – Iyanla Vanzant

‘No intelligent idea can gain general acceptance unless some stupidity is mixed in with it.’ – Fernando Pessoa

‘For the Left, tolerance does not mean tolerance. It means first, acceptance. And second, celebration. That is totalitarianism: You not only have to live with what you may differ with, dear citizen, you have to celebrate it or pay a steep price.’ – Dennis Prager

‘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

‘Acceptance is very important in this sport.’ – Hardik Pandya

‘Part of the new morality of the ’60s and ’70s is a new attitude toward homosexuality. The homosexual men and women have organized to fight for acceptance and respectability.’ – Walter Cronkite

‘The compulsion to do good is an innate American trait. Only North Americans seem to believe that they always should, may, and actually can choose somebody with whom to share their blessings. Ultimately this attitude leads to bombing people into the acceptance of gifts.’ – Ivan Illich

‘We are neurologically hardwired to seek out people like ourselves. We start forming cliques as soon as we’re old enough to know what acceptance feels like. We bond together based on anything that we can – music preference, race, gender, the block that we grew up on.’ – iO Tillett Wright

‘Getting older is a struggle. I always feel that just under the surface of acceptance and enjoyment of the ageing process is a terrible hysteria just waiting to burst out.’ – Michael Sheen

‘I realised that people respond to banal things. They don’t accept their own history, not participating in acceptance within their own being.’ – Jeff Koons

‘People have long assumed that violence is necessary for political change. Rulers never cede power voluntarily, the argument goes, so progressives have no choice but to contemplate the use of force to bring about a better world, mindful of the trade-off between a small amount of violence now and acceptance of an unjust status quo indefinitely.’ – Steven Pinker

‘Marriage equality is about more than just marriage. It’s about something greater. It’s about acceptance.’ – Charlize Theron

‘I think until you reach your mid-30s, there’s either a real acceptance of where you are or a resignation of where you are.’ – Shaun Evans

‘So many people ask, ‘How could you forgive your mother for the way you were raised?’ It’s really not forgiveness, in my opinion. It’s acceptance. She’s never going to be the sort of mother who wants to take care of me.’ – Jeannette Walls

‘The act of apology is something that most societies take very seriously indeed. It is an admission of wrong done to the victims and an acceptance of blame.’ – Margaret MacMillan

‘If you are not willing to be a lone wolf, keep your truth to yourself. If you want acceptance and your truths to be spoken, it is a slippery slope.’ – Pooja Bhatt

‘I see the demographics increasing, and by that I mean the notion of social acceptance is growing, not decreasing; I think the notion of fiscal responsibility is growing, not decreasing. And Republicans seem to be moving further away from those two categories than closer.’ – Gary Johnson

‘Truth never pleads or compromises or wavers. It invites and awaits your acceptance.’ – Vernon Howard

‘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

‘To conquer the command of the air means victory; to be beaten in the air means defeat and acceptance of whatever terms the enemy may be pleased to impose.’ – Giulio Douhet

‘If I have one wish for my birthday, it is that 35 is the end of desperation and the beginning of acceptance. Part of that is believing that if I’m meant to give birth, I will.’ – Jessi Klein

‘A liberal pretending to be a conservative? That’s like a straight person pretending to be gay to get greater acceptance.’ – David Mamet

‘My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.’ – Michael J. Fox

‘In society, we have to earn other things of import like trust, respect, money, education, careers, status and etc., so naturally, we find ourselves attempting to earn love, acceptance and validation along with that. Here’s the trip: we do it at the cost of other people and, more importantly, ourselves.’ – Grace Gealey

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

‘We are mindful of desire when we experience it with an embodied awareness, recognizing the sensations and thoughts of wanting as arising and passing phenomena. While this isn’t easy, as we cultivate the clear seeing and compassion of Radical Acceptance, we discover we can open fully to this natural force, and remain free in its midst.’ – Tara Brach

‘Leadership is particularly necessary to ensure ready acceptance of the unfamiliar and that which is contrary to tradition.’ – Cyril Falls

‘Using no control and using humor will build a relationship and make a dent to where the client puts the counselor in their quality world and then begins to relate and seek out the counselor. Effective therapy begins with the acceptance of the therapist into the client’s quality world.’ – William Glasser

‘I don’t have to pretend to be someone I’m not and I think talking so openly about my story gave me acceptance that it’s ok to be me.’ – Katie Piper

‘I raised my kids kind of old-fashioned – if you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say it at all. I teach love, acceptance, and tolerance… I sometimes think that this generation is lacking in decency.’ – Kris Jenner

‘Most centrist Democrats… try to distance themselves from controversies that recall the 1960s. There are journalistic centrists as well, who avoid hard truths for the sake of acceptance and legitimacy.’ – Tom Hayden

‘So I was really excited when I came to America about meeting black people. But it was a huge culture shock, because I was rejected by the black community. They were like, ‘You talk like a white girl.’ People would call me an Oreo. All I wanted was acceptance.’ – Jodie Turner-Smith

‘In opposition to this detachment, he finds an image of man which contains within itself man’s dreams, man’s illness, man’s redemption from the misery of poverty – poverty which can no longer be for him a sign of the acceptance of life.’ – Salvatore Quasimodo

‘Conversion for me was not a Damascus Road experience. I slowly moved into an intellectual acceptance of what my intuition had always known.’ – Madeleine L’Engle

‘There is a growing acceptance and interest in publicly funded school choice as a catalyst for education reform in general and a way to empower parents to be education reformers.’ – John T. Walton

‘In my ideal world, no child would suffer. Charitable instincts would prevail. There would be global acceptance of all different types of people.’ – Clay Aiken

‘Given a fair wind, we will negotiate our way into the Common Market, head held high, not crawling in. Negotiations? Yes. Unconditional acceptance of whatever terms are offered us? No.’ – Harold Wilson

‘What I’ve observed and what I’ve imagined – and definitely what I’m hoping – happens as you get older is that there’s a mellowing, an acceptance that comes with time. I guess that I’ll find out.’ – Anne Hathaway

‘The consequence of the Bay of Pigs failure wasn’t an acceptance of Castro and his control of Cuba but, rather, a renewed determination to bring him down by stealth.’ – Robert Dallek

‘A lot of poets too live on the margins of social acceptance, they certainly aren’t in it for the money. William Blake – only his first book was legitimately published.’ – Jim Jarmusch

‘With acceptance comes opportunities. And with opportunities come numbers and, most importantly, hope.’ – Julie Foudy

”Acceptance’ is always a good word.’ – Max Greenfield

‘My grandfather was smart and had a whole lot of pride. He didn’t speak a terrible amount, but you could tell there was a ton on his mind – like a quiet acceptance of how life had turned out.’ – Frank Ocean

‘In America, educators punish those who actually think for themselves. There is only acceptance for popular opinion.’ – Bryant H. McGill

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

‘Once I started to get aligned with the God in me, something hit me hard: I learned that our worth, our validation, our purpose and our acceptance don’t stem from what we should do. They don’t stem from what we have. They don’t stem from what we’ve done or who we were. They stem simply from the fact that we are.’ – Grace Gealey

‘In a culture obsessed with happiness, Americans may not be allowing for acceptance that it’s OK to sometimes not be perky.’ – Mary Pilon

‘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

‘Television is so influential that when an audience sees you day-in and day-out there’s a certain acceptance that sets in; you’re no longer a threatening personality. They become more willing to accept whatever you present.’ – Doc Severinsen

‘The principal barrier to a general acceptance of the monist position is that it is counterintuitive.’ – Michael Shermer

‘The terror of the atom age is not the violence of the new power but the speed of man’s adjustment to it, the speed of his acceptance.’ – E. B. White

‘Imams seldom condemn terror. And in their silence, in the void, acceptance – encouragement even – is assumed.’ – Katie Hopkins

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

‘When you invoke the agent of change called acceptance, you must accept all that you are, all that you’ve been, and all that you will be in the future.’ – Debbie Ford

‘We may not always agree with every one of our neighbors. That’s life. And it’s part of living in such a diverse and dense city. But we also recognize that part of being a New Yorker is living with your neighbors in mutual respect and tolerance. It was exactly that spirit of openness and acceptance that was attacked on 9/11, 2001.’ – Michael Bloomberg

‘I never finished the ‘Large Glass’ because, after working on it for eight years, I probably got interested in something else; also, I was tired. It may be that, subconsciously, I never intended to finish it because the word ‘finish’ implies an acceptance of traditional methods and all the paraphernalia that accompany them.’ – Marcel Duchamp

‘With this sweet hope of ultimate acceptance with God, I have always enjoyed much cheerfulness before men; but I have at the same time laboured incessantly to cultivate the deepest humiliation before God.’ – Charles Simeon

‘I want to differentiate between stability and security: Stability comes from the hearts of people and acceptance of the judicial system. Security comes from the barrel of a gun and the threat of the use of force.’ – Ashraf Ghani

‘For me, art really starts with acceptance, self trust. Wherever you come to with art, it’s perfect. You don’t have to come with anything. What you bring to something is the art. That’s where it’s found. It’s found within you.’ – Jeff Koons

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

‘I’ve probably understood men too well. I realise they are predatory by nature, and I have a certain acceptance of the male animal.’ – Jacqueline Bisset

‘My mum is slightly biased and feels everything I do is wonderful, but Dad was like, ‘You should go ahead boldly, and I think you should do more films.’ To me, that was some kind of acceptance.’ – Dulquer Salmaan

‘There is a heavy Mexican Catholic streak in my movies, and a huge Mexican sense of melodrama. Everything is overwrought, and there’s a sense of acceptance of the fantastic in my films, which is innately Mexican. So when people ask, ‘How can you define the Mexican-ness of your films?’ I go, ‘How can I not?’ It’s all I am.’ – Guillermo del Toro

‘If you do something with acceptance and kindness, you can create a true friendship.’ – Dustin Lance Black

‘The proliferation of styles, genres, and media need not be the death knell of anything. Instead, it’s a sign that our acceptance for variation and experimentation has become wider, our interests have become more diverse, and our appetites have become more omnivorous.’ – Celeste Ng

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

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

‘Marriage was all a woman’s idea and for man’s acceptance of the pretty yoke, it becomes us to be grateful.’ – Phyllis McGinley

‘Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.’ – Anatole France

‘I’m thrilled of the acceptance I get abroad. The people are so hearty, warm and grateful and I feel privileged having seen so many countries and some of the greatest monuments.’ – Daniel Radcliffe

‘Human material seems to have one major defect: it does not like to be considered merely as human material. It finds it hard to endure the feeling that it must resign itself to passive acceptance of changes introduced from above.’ – Czeslaw Milosz

‘Writing and singing does give me some kind of release from the demons of my past, it is a therapy of sorts, but to be honest, my marriage played a more important role in the acceptance of myself than performance has ever done.’ – Michelle Shocked

‘There just seems to be more acceptance now of… other kinds of British films, than the picture-postcard ones.’ – Tim Roth

‘If the conditions were right there could be great acceptance. Often it is only when they pose an economic or political threat that it turns really ugly.’ – Iris Chang

‘You’re going to have more rejection than acceptance.’ – Barry Mann

‘Peace Corps helps promote global acceptance of the principles of international peace and non-violent co-existence among people of diverse cultures and systems of government.’ – Sam Farr

‘On the other hand in London you can get an audience that desires dance to go as far as it can go: they’ve seen the bricks of ideas built over a period so therefore there is an acceptance of what otherwise might seem out on a limb.’ – Siobhan Davies

‘It is on the acceptance or rejection of the theory of the Unity of all in Nature, in its ultimate Essence, that mainly rests the belief or unbelief in the existence around us of other conscious beings besides the Spirits of the Dead.’ – Helena Blavatsky

‘My athleticism was really the core to social acceptance, because in those days the overwhelming number of students came from more of a public school background than I did.’ – Roger Bannister

‘That was the – It was an exciting time because it was as though I was sort of tied up in a paper bag or in a gunny sack with a rope around the neck of it, and all of a sudden with the acceptance of that first book everything sort of spilled out!’ – Robert McCloskey

‘It was the worst period of my life. I had all this gigantic acceptance as a kid, and all of a sudden there was this monumental rejection.’ – Tommy Rettig

‘Not only must the message be correctly delivered, but the messenger himself must be such as to recommend it to acceptance.’ – Joseph Barber Lightfoot

‘Think about technological float: it took centuries for the wheel to gain universal acceptance. Now any microchip device can be in use around the world in weeks.’ – Dee Hock

‘I am sure there will come a time when we are going to use AMD. The products have been getting better. The acceptance is getting better. But we have not been suffering as a company for either growth or profitability because we haven’t had AMD.’ – Kevin Rollins

‘Some of them, in accepting the proposed plan of government, coupled their acceptance with a recommendation of various additions to the Constitution, which they deemed essential to the preservation of the rights of the States, or of the People.’ – Caleb Cushing

‘PC stuff just lowers the general acceptance of good work and replaces it with bogus poetry that celebrates values that in themselves are probably quite worthy.’ – Diane Wakoski

‘I’ve had a very good career and I’m grateful that the public has had some level of acceptance and appreciation of my work.’ – Ben Stiller

‘I’m from the Midwest, and I loved my family. I had a very good time as a child, but I was also – I have a theory about Jews growing up in the Midwest, that there is an ultimately sort of wonderful avoidance of a lot of things, and a great acceptance of whatever is happening.’ – Bob Balaban

‘The tenacious character I’ve possessed since I was a small child propelled me to successfully meet this challenge, and I was able to safely gain acceptance to the university of my choice.’ – Koichi Tanaka

‘Upon receiving my notification of acceptance to the university, my parents noticed that they were obliged to submit to the university, among other things, a copy of my official family register. After much mental anguish, they decided to inform me of the secret of my birth.’ – Koichi Tanaka

‘One of the concepts essential to molecular manufacturing is that of a self-replicating manufacturing system. That concept has lagged behind in its acceptance.’ – Ralph Merkle

‘If the Republicans think that by having stated and even achieved most of the Contract that they are therefore entitled to the acceptance and favor of the American voter, they’re crazy.’ – Malcolm Wallop

‘Of course language manifests a belief only if we use its words with the implied acceptance of their appositeness.’ – Michael Polanyi

‘I’ve had an advantage; I’ve had a sort of open public acceptance in New York that doesn’t happen to just anyone trying to make the transition you were talking about.’ – Steve Forbert

‘If my acceptance of the office of Governor would serve my country, though my administration would be attended with the loss of personal credit and reputation, I would cheerfully undertake it.’ – Christopher Gadsden

‘Notwithstanding these major arguments the wave theory initially did not meet with complete acceptance.’ – Max von Laue

‘What we need is not more distrust and division. What we need now is acceptance.’ – Tom Daschle

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

‘The homosexual community has more acceptance in America than it ever has, and the suicide rate is as high as it’s always been.’ – Randall Terry

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

‘After an argument, silence may mean acceptance or the continuation of resistance by other means.’ – Mason Cooley

‘When it’s open and honest, that’s when the real nature of who you are as a vocalist or as a performer, all of that stuff can finally start to become what it’s supposed to be. Like a settling into yourself. It’s not even a musical thing, it’s a whole mindset, a whole acceptance of who you were supposed to be. Life sounds good.’ – Alison Krauss

‘Parents need to teach their children principles of respect and acceptance.’ – Zachary Quinto

‘These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn’t even know existed.’ – Ricky Martin

‘I think I’ve been wishing for celebrity for so long that I’ve got used to being someone who’s petitioning the establishment for acceptance… my whole schtick, my whole identity, is so wrapped up in being a petitioner that I don’t really know how to react now that petition has been granted.’ – Toby Young

‘I think children learning to cook can be such a wonderful thing. It can help build confidence, make them feel good about themselves. It helped me build my ego and even start to get acceptance at school. I’d bring things to class that I’d cooked at home.’ – Giada De Laurentiis

‘Obviously, at this age, I’ve lost people in my life. But with a parent, it’s just different. I was very attached to my father and had this naive little-girl notion that he’d always be around. So I’m finding acceptance of my father’s death is the hardest thing to accept.’ – Carol Leifer

‘I think at some point every actor has practiced their acceptance speech while they’re having a shower. It’s fun.’ – Jared Harris

‘I’ve gotten death threats, yes. I have. I think anytime you shine a spotlight on homosexuality or minorities and you try and say they are as normal or as worthy as acceptance as others, the people who are on the fringe don’t like that and they will come after you. And they have come after me.’ – Ryan Murphy

‘I believe we have become paralyzed, paralyzed by our desire to be loved. Now our founding fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity were fleeing, and that this country’s principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and the emotions of the times.’ – Chris Christie

‘Now our founding fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity were fleeing, and that this country’s principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and the emotions of the times.’ – Chris Christie

‘To Republicans, I humbly suggest that we make it possible for Democrats to give up their quest for redistribution of income and wealth by our acceptance of an appropriate role for government in financing those public goods and services necessary to secure a social safety net below which no American would be allowed to fall.’ – Jack Kemp

‘We only have a Plan A. The acceptance and full implementation of the existing plan, the so-called Plan A, is the best solution for Greece, for the euro zone and also for creditors and holders.’ – Evangelos Venizelos

‘Children tease each other because you’re short or you’re tall or you’re a redhead or because you’re ugly or because you’re smart or because you’re dumb or all kinds of differences and as parents we have to deal with that and strengthen our children to be comfortable with themselves and also to show empathy and acceptance towards others.’ – Heather Wilson

‘Washington is still very much a male-oriented culture. Being from Los Angeles, I think it is less so there – there is less attachment to tradition, perhaps, there is more flexibility, more acceptance of change generally. That is partly because of Hollywood.’ – Dee Dee Myers

‘Writing an acceptance speech gives you the expectation of winning, and you are therefore devastated or hurt if you didn’t win.’ – William Shatner

‘I think I started out because I was desperate for approval and acceptance and praise. Some actors never break away from that. They’re after that validation their whole life.’ – Judge Reinhold

‘I’ve stopped apologizing to myself for having this great period of success and financial acceptance.’ – Robert Plant

‘Shock, confusion, fear, anger, grief, and defiance. On Sept. 11, 2001, and for the three days following the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, President George W. Bush led with raw emotion that reflected the public’s whipsawing stages of acceptance.’ – Ron Fournier

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

‘My capacity as a monk was to passionately believe utter nonsense, and when you’re an actor you have to do the same thing. Also, Christianity used to have a lot to do with self-loathing and an acceptance of criticism and things like that which is terribly important for actors.’ – Tom Baker

‘Services like Google and Facebook only exist because of the social acceptance of a mass amount of distributed volunteer labor from tons and tons of people.’ – Jaron Lanier

‘I feel like decades ago it was either you’re black, white, Asian or Hispanic, or whatever, but today we see more of an acceptance for people with multi-nationalities.’ – Annie Ilonzeh

‘My dream role is to portray someone like James Baldwin. I’ve always been a fan of his writing, and I feel like he’s one of our unsung heroes. He’s been pretty much forgotten, and I think he needs to be recognized. He had to go all the way to Europe to find recognition and acceptance, and I’d just like to bring him to the forefront.’ – Michael K. Williams

‘This sounds crazy, but my goal is to be nominated for an Oscar. I was the kid who was practicing my acceptance speech when I was ten.’ – Ashley Benson

‘I love my early movies, but naturalism is an artist’s early style. Now I want to deal with feelings, dreams, an acceptance of irrationality.’ – Irvin Kershner

‘I think human society for tens of thousands of years has sent young men out in small groups to do things that are necessary but very dangerous. And they’ve always gotten killed doing it. And they’ve always turned it into a matter of honor and a way of gaining acceptance back into society if they survived.’ – Sebastian Junger

‘India’s rigid social structure limits intergenerational economic mobility and fosters acceptance of vast wealth disparities.’ – Steven Rattner

‘One of the great things about Sydney is that it has a great acceptance of everyone and everything. It’s an incredibly tolerant city, a city with a huge multicultural basis.’ – Baz Luhrmann

‘The best you can sometimes do is learn to take a breath, count to ten and simply accept that try as you might, no, your husband will never, ever learn not to drop a wet towel on the bed. That acceptance too counts as resolving a fight.’ – Jeffrey Kluger

‘Everybody has many people inside of them; I think we tend to present the one we feel is most appropriate at first, in order to gain acceptance or achieve what we want. It gets really interesting when this technique fails, and other levels are revealed.’ – Rupert Friend

‘I do think that something of the effect I have on people is to put everything on an edge where they’re both infatuated with a kind of charmingness happening in the person or in the writing, and also flatly terrified by a revelation or acceptance of revelation that’s almost happening, never quite totally happening.’ – Anne Carson

”Pong’ hit the fancy. It was sort of the perfect storm of a game which has two players highly social, a game that women could play better than a guy, and sort of an acceptance of this social nature of games in a bar.’ – Nolan Bushnell

‘If we just allowed women and men more leeway in our culture and more acceptance, I think they would be able to make better compromises.’ – Tamora Pierce

‘My first book, ‘Radical Acceptance’, grew out of the suffering of feeling personally deficient and unworthy. Because most of us are so quick to turn against ourselves, the teachings and practices of radical acceptance continue as a strong current in ‘True Refuge’: nurturing a forgiving, understanding heart is a basic step on the path.’ – Tara Brach

‘The thing that helped me come to terms with performing was an anxiety, a desperation for acceptance. There was never enough positive motivation in my life.’ – Phoebe Snow

‘The acceptance of the facts of African-American history and the African-American historian as a legitimate part of the academic community did not come easily. Slavery ended and left its false images of black people intact.’ – John Henrik Clarke

‘And as I stumbled onto Eastern philosophy and Buddhism, it was the first time I had ever read any sort of philosophy that really made a tremendous amount of sense. What I liked that was missing from my experience of Christianity growing up was a sort of acceptance, a sort of being OK with being imperfect and not focusing on the sin.’ – Alan Ball

‘It’s pretty simple for me; I believe all people are created equal, regardless of their sexuality. To promote respect and acceptance is an important role for NFL players and the NFLPA.’ – Steve Gleason

‘Having been heavily involved in the planning of a couple of G.O.P. conventions, my view is, we should just scrap ’em. Cancel ’em. Just figure out an appropriate forum for the nominee to give an acceptance speech and be done with it.’ – Mark McKinnon

‘Philosophy has to be enquiring; it can take nothing on faith, and its methods are based not on the blind acceptance of authority, but on establishing truths by reason and argument.’ – Julian Baggini

‘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

‘I was living as a young single mom. I was 19 when I was divorced, and my daughter was a year old, and I waited tables here three to four nights a week for several years while I was trying to support myself and my daughter and the day I got that acceptance at Harvard Law School was an unforgettable day.’ – Wendy Davis

‘To operate based on conviction and belief requires an acceptance that your actions could get you fired. This is different from pig-headed bravado, and it is different from putting the company at risk.’ – Simon Sinek

‘I remember while I was at school some of my Muslim friends talked about a handful of people spoiling things in every culture. Hatred or hurt or pain isn’t specific to a religion. I think it’s a matter of acceptance. The one thing the world has to accept is everybody is different. What is normal to us is different and unusual to somebody else.’ – Jessie J

‘I just always knew I wanted to be an actor. I gave my Emmy acceptance speech when I was 11. But, I wasn’t allowed to do plays and things like that. It was considered dangerous. My parents didn’t think it was safe for a girl to do that, and they definitely didn’t think it was interesting to participate in the arts.’ – Azita Ghanizada

‘A religious approach to marriage is the idea that if we work hard enough at something, we can earn the acceptance, approval, and life we think we deserve because of our obedient performance.’ – Tullian Tchividjian

‘We are deeply conditioned against unconditionality because we’ve been told in a thousand different ways that accomplishment always precedes acceptance, that achievement always precedes approval.’ – Tullian Tchividjian

‘Chaga is significant in ethnomycology, forest ecology, and increasingly in pharmacognosy. Its long-term human use and cultural eastern European and Russian acceptance should awaken serious researchers to its potential as a reservoir of new medicines, and as a powerful preventive ally for protecting DNA.’ – Paul Stamets

‘Whether or not we communicate it, I definitely seek my mom’s acceptance and approval for everything. She has a strong commercial sense of movies and is a quintessential audience. When she doesn’t like something, I know there is reason to worry. When she loves something, there is reason to celebrate.’ – Karan Johar

‘The period from 2001 to 2005 was really tough. My films were not working even though there was an acceptance of a model. I was depressed but did not cry. I cry when I am happy.’ – Arjun Rampal

‘Creating my own world in a comic or selling my first penny newspaper aged nine was a way of gaining recognition and acceptance by my peers.’ – Hugh Hefner

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

‘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

‘Even the acceptance of personal responsibility may not overcome the temptation to believe that now is not the time to repent. ‘Now’ can seem so difficult, and ‘later’ appear so much easier. The truth is that today is always a better day to repent than any tomorrow.’ – Henry B. Eyring

‘I used to love people for what they could be. I thought love was how hard you tried and how much you sacrificed and suffered. That is not love. Acceptance is.’ – Michael Learned

‘Not to be harsh, but why do we care so much about celebrity acceptance of Christian beliefs?’ – Monica Johnson

‘Peace is a gift that is embodied through the Holy Spirit through the acceptance of Christ.’ – Monica Johnson

‘The acceptance to Harvard was more of trophy than a real possibility to me. I would have been miserable.’ – Reggie Lee

‘I feel blessed and humbled that people have loved my music. Nothing would be possible without their acceptance.’ – A. R. Rahman

‘People who work with me say I have a four-step response to new ideas: rejection, reconsideration, acceptance, ownership. I need to listen more patiently.’ – Daniel L. Doctoroff

‘In world mythology, there are countless examples of tragic characters whose greatest strength is also the source of their undoing. But the ancient Greeks and Romans also held the view that acceptance is the beginning of wisdom.’ – Simon Van Booy

‘Now there are laws in many parts of the world which reflect the best of human nature. These laws treat people touched by HIV with compassion and acceptance. These laws respect universal human rights and they are grounded in evidence.’ – Shereen El Feki

‘There’s very little dislike of Americans in the world, shown by repeated polls, and the dissatisfaction – that is, the hatred and the anger – they come from acceptance of American values, not a rejection of them, and recognition that they’re rejected by the U.S. government and by U.S. elites, which does lead to hatred and anger.’ – Noam Chomsky

‘All modern secularity requires is that our public norms and the arguments for them not presuppose common acceptance of Jewish or Christian revelation, even if these public norms are consistent with a particular community’s revelation and the authoritative teachings it derives from that revelation.’ – David Novak

‘The religious doctrine of traditional Judaism entails the acceptance of the nationhood of the Jewish people and the everlasting sanctity of the Land of Israel for them.’ – David Novak

‘At times, morality can be dismissed as a matter of personal conscience, no matter how widespread its acceptance. Ethics, on the other hand, arises from societal or group commitments to principia of behavior.’ – Sherwin B. Nuland

‘What I’m trying to do is get a change in the mindset so people move from a level of mere tolerance to total acceptance and eventually to celebrate diversity. If you feel comfortable with one another, it doesn’t matter whether we live in which neighbourhood but we can interact with one another freely. It’s a mindset.’ – Najib Razak

‘Acceptance speeches can make or break presidential candidacies. It was Al Gore’s 2000 acceptance speech that relaunched his candidacy and nearly saved him. John Kerry’s speech and overall ineffective convention nearly sank him in 2004 (though he was almost saved by the debates).’ – Chuck Todd

‘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

‘The essential problems remain the same… The kids I write about are asking for the same things I wanted. They want two contradictory things. They want to be the same as everyone else, and they want to be different from everyone else. They want acceptance for both.’ – E. L. Konigsburg

‘Because Melissa McCarthy actually is a fat woman, she isn’t allowed to make brash statements about body acceptance. She has to apologize for her body.’ – Jennifer Armintrout

‘The message of body acceptance built on Jennifer Lawrence’s soundbites only empowers those who are willing to ignore the fact that her statements reinforce our current cultural views rather than subverting them.’ – Jennifer Armintrout

‘When a nation has just emerged from the throes of a great civil warfare, where section was arrayed against section, class against class, two things are to be done: First, the work of reconstruction is to be effected; Secondly, a willingness for the proper acceptance of the issue’s decision is to be created.’ – Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II

‘I am very close to my family, and there’s something life-affirming about that. Even if you feel completely different from them and have totally different views on politics and ethics, you’re still family and have that immediate acceptance.’ – Susanne Bier

‘I’ve got my mother’s acceptance of things and my dad’s drive – not such a bad combination.’ – Kiki Dee

‘I said in my acceptance speech that I hope that readers remember this not as the year I won the Booker, but the year that there were six extraordinary books on the shortlist.’ – Richard Flanagan

‘Gay rights and body acceptance are two things I feel very passionately about.’ – Mary Lambert

‘I support GMOs. And we should label them. We should label them because that is the very best thing we can do for public acceptance of agricultural biotech. And we should label them because there’s absolutely nothing to hide.’ – Ramez Naam

‘We have to be careful not to look for confidence in the acceptance of others because true confidence only comes from knowing God.’ – Victoria Osteen

‘LaGuardia High School is a place of acceptance. You have every type of kid there, performing. The outcast girl would not have been made fun of in my high school.’ – Ansel Elgort

‘It’s very strange how electronic music formatted itself and forgot that its roots are about the surprise, freedom, and the acceptance of every race, gender, and style of music into this big party. Instead, it started to become this electronic lifestyle which also involved the glorification of technology.’ – Thomas Bangalter

‘You either deny terrorists any acceptance in the international life, or you make your double standard policy work the way it has been working – ‘I don’t like that guy in this country, so we will be calling him a dictator and topple him. This guy in another country also dictatorial, but he’s our dictator.” – Sergei Lavrov

‘Increased sympathy for an Islamist cause, lack of integration, and the absence of acceptance of Muslims into British society makes it harder for Muslims to challenge Islamism and tough for non-Muslims to understand it.’ – Maajid Nawaz

‘I think everyone practices their Oscars acceptance speech with a shampoo bottle, and I’ve done my fair share of them. It’s really surreal to be able to do it in real life.’ – Graham Moore

‘Bishops may often feel but cannot express the sting and throb of submitting themselves to Roman commands because the latter are always presented as tests of their loyalty to the Pope and of their absolute acceptance of his teaching authority, or Magisterium.’ – Eugene Kennedy

‘It was gradually learned that acceptance of a somewhat higher inflation rate would not really bring somewhat higher employment.’ – Edmund Phelps

‘In my work with young Jewish adults in the gay community, I hear their stories of discrimination, of struggling for acceptance, of feeling invisible not for what they have done but simply for who they are.’ – Lynn Schusterman

‘Animals represent the abstract notion of acceptance. Living with these funny creatures – you kind of have to accept them. It’s like a test in a way.’ – Shaun Tan

‘Granted, I’ve changed internally as I’ve gotten older – I take it easy, I know when to stop and take care of myself, I laugh much more and with my belly and soul – but this comes from the confidence and acceptance that comes with maturity.’ – Iman

‘I had a happy childhood and acceptance in the community.’ – W. E. B. Du Bois

‘Profitability, growth, and safeguards against existential risks are crucial to strengthening a company’s long-term prospects. But if these three factors constitute a company’s ‘hard power,’ firms also need ‘soft power’: public trust and acceptance, won by fulfilling a company’s social responsibility.’ – Klaus Schwab

‘Of course, technology is not an exogenous force over which humans have no control. We are not constrained by a binary choice between acceptance and rejection. Rather, the decisions we make every day as citizens, consumers, and investors guide technological progress.’ – Klaus Schwab

‘Traditional Anglicans – whether in Nigeria or Nottingham – have been wary, at best, of the acceptance and welcome given to gay men and women and their sexual choices by secular society.’ – Michael Gove

‘As the polarization in D.C. spreads, the people willing to come to the middle find less and less acceptance.’ – Pete Gallego

‘Why should Bollywood accept me? I should accept Bollywood. I don’t care if Bollywood has accepted me. I don’t seek acceptance. I don’t need to live up to anybody’s expectations.’ – Kangana Ranaut

‘From my side, there was no acceptance to this fact that I am any less than anyone around me. So there was a certain discomfort that I felt growing up that I am not seen as I want to be seen as.’ – Kangana Ranaut

‘It’s hard to take people seriously who say you’re totally irresponsible if you go out and climb mountains when you have kids, because they clearly don’t understand the circumstances. You can’t impose your own acceptance of risk on other people – that’s not fair.’ – Jimmy Chin

‘Everything they say a girl should get from her father in terms of total acceptance and love, I got all that from my father. But then I married a man just like my mother – so phlegmatic.’ – Judy Blume

‘My first letter of acceptance, to UMass – Amherst, came with an offer of a fellowship and a note from John Edgar Wideman.’ – Alexander Chee

‘The acceptance of ‘Quantico’ so far has been really great. At the moment, I’m just straddling two continents far away from each other, with very active careers in both!’ – Priyanka Chopra

‘My entire life, I’ve been searching for acceptance.’ – Greg Rutherford

‘The need we have for information is great, and we get it from many admirable sources. The need we have for understanding and acceptance is much greater. The arts are uniquely able to help us meet the greater needs.’ – Agnes Gund

‘Throughout my career as a lawyer, teacher and labor leader, books have remained my constant companion – stuffed into a briefcase, overflowing on my bedside table, stacked on my desk at work. Books have carried me to distant worlds, opened new doors and made me feel empathy, compassion, anger, fear, joy, acceptance – and everything in between.’ – Randi Weingarten

‘That’s why I make mixtapes. That’s why I work with Don Cannon; that’s why i work with Big Sean. Even though I don’t rap, I got love and acceptance in that community, and that’s something that I really take seriously and hold close to my heart.’ – Mike Posner

‘As its citizens humbly recommit to an acceptance of guidance from the God of our fathers, our nation will once again see the miraculous resurrection of the proud, responsible, visionary black father. And with him, his family and community will be lifted.’ – Burgess Owens

‘We must teach compassion and tolerance and encourage kindness, selflessness, and loving acceptance of all who are created in the image of God.’ – Ephraim Mirvis

‘The success of ‘Dhruva’ has given me more satisfaction than any of my previous hits, simply because the audience accepted the film even though it was experimental. I really hope this kind of acceptance makes experimental cinema the new mainstream cinema.’ – Ram Charan

‘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

‘Doing ‘Hedwig’ totally contributed to my acceptance of myself.’ – John Cameron Mitchell

‘Everybody has many people inside of them. I think we tend to present the one we feel is most appropriate at first in order to gain acceptance or achieve what we want.’ – Rupert Friend

‘In my whole career, all I wanted was acceptance from Kid Cudi. I don’t care about nothing else! This dude saved my life.’ – Travis Scott

‘The evolution of technology is, like the evolution of literature, heavily path-dependent. Culture plays a far more important role in the acceptance, adoption, and spread of technology than many of us are willing to acknowledge.’ – Ken Liu

‘We think that fear must be played out in fight, with military intervention, or in flight, via isolationism – but we are not hunted game, and those are not the only options. There is also the possibility of acceptance, with its corollary of understanding and its ultimate manifestation in embracing.’ – Andrew Solomon

‘The passive acceptance of exclusionary words and deeds is not okay.’ – Chris Sacca

‘I am far more confident now because of the love people have showered on me. Their acceptance is what keeps me going.’ – Dhanush

‘The scope of activities for payments banks mainly includes acceptance of demand deposits, issuance of ATM/debit cards, payment and remittance services, and distribution of third-party products.’ – Chanda Kochhar

‘Mothers have always held such symbolic weight in determining a person’s worth. Your mother tongue, your motherland, your mother’s values – these things can qualify or disqualify you from attaining myriad American dreams: love, fluency, citizenship, legitimacy, acceptance, success, freedom.’ – Jenny Zhang

‘I appreciate the change associated with people’s growth, but I don’t like the changes in our lives. I came to Mumbai in 1945, so imagine my acceptance of the massive changes around. I have witnessed every kind of revolution.’ – Lata Mangeshkar

‘I actually just keep things very professional. I don’t need acceptance from anyone but God, so that’s just kind of where I focus it all.’ – Farrah Abraham

‘Victor Stone’s story is one of acceptance – of self and others. Also, accepting his father for the person he once was, absent from his life until he turned him into Cyborg. And acceptance of oneself in that he is both Cyborg and Victor Stone simultaneously.’ – Ray Fisher

‘For a Punjabi singer to find acceptance down South is a tall task. I’m glad I earned their love and respect.’ – Yo Yo Honey Singh

‘I want to make people feel good about who they are regardless of who they are or where they come from or the color of their skin or what their family acts like or what they look like. I am all about acceptance of others and of yourself.’ – Lauren Alaina

‘Sometimes, people only change what they look like for the acceptance of other people, and that’s where you start going wrong.’ – Lamman Rucker

‘Daily, I visualize the smart-ass troll who lives deep in my subconscious, and I pelt him with rainbows and unicorns. I fight a battle against my judgmental thoughts. And when an opportunity arises to gain acceptance or popularity at the expense of someone else, I zip it. It’s not easy.’ – Julie Plec

‘As I have often said, acceptance of the idea of shared mobility is going to be one of the major disruptive trends in the automotive industry.’ – Anand Mahindra

‘When ‘Drag Race’ first began, it seemed like a fun window into an underground culture, but over the nine years it has aired, the show has evolved to reflect America’s changing relationship to queer rights and acceptance.’ – Jenna Wortham

‘We do believe in an inside-out culture. If we hold our hosts and guests to an expectation of acceptance and belonging, it has to start within our company. Otherwise, how on earth do we have the credibility to hold them accountable if we’re not doing it to ourselves?’ – Joe Gebbia

‘We love stories about identity and acceptance because they’re so universal.’ – Stephanie Savage

‘Yoga is really all about process, acceptance, and becoming more present, and I really want to show that it can expand off the mat.’ – Mandy Ingber

‘I love yoga because it allows me to slow down and experience how good it feels to be in relationship to my body. It teaches me patience, acceptance, and how to receive.’ – Mandy Ingber

‘I wholeheartedly believe that travel leads to open minds and contributes to a better cultural understanding and acceptance of people from around the world.’ – Belinda Johnson

‘Acceptance is being able to feel beautiful in whatever you feel comfortable in.’ – Barbie Ferreira

‘The U.S., together with trans-Atlantic allies, never recognized the occupation of the Baltic states by the Soviet Union. Moscow faced pressure or retaliation every time it tried to move toward official recognition, or at least acceptance, of its claim that the Baltic states were Soviet republics.’ – Kersti Kaljulaid

‘Having transgender characters leads to more visibility, which creates education. Education can hopefully lead to everyone treating our community with acceptance and love.’ – Jazz Jennings

‘Acceptance is so important because we cannot go through this journey alone. I am fortunate to have a very supportive family, but not all trans kids are so lucky. I recommend seeking out a friend or an adult who you think will accept you and telling them how you feel.’ – Jazz Jennings

‘In everything I do, I want people to get the message of acceptance, to learn not to practice contempt without investigation. I have an obligation to do it.’ – Andrew Zimmern

‘Evidence-based reasoning underpins all scientific thinking, and it involves testing hypotheses or theories against data. Validating a theory requires replicable measurements from independent groups with different equipment and methods of analysis. Convergence of evidence is critical to the acceptance of a scientific idea.’ – Priyamvada Natarajan

‘I think the original ‘Queer Eye’ definitely started us on the journey to normalize the LGBT community and make people realize that we are just people just like everyone else. It started the road to acceptance.’ – Bobby Berk

‘When I speak of diversity, I don’t mean replacement of white comics. I don’t mean acceptance by white comics. We comics who weren’t born into the white guy paradigm of ‘funny’ don’t need a handout. We don’t need a PC push. We don’t need ‘a look.” – Amanda Seales

‘A Hillary Clinton presidency would have represented an important step away from the country’s lagging acceptance of women as powerful, full participants in our democracy.’ – Mel Robbins

‘I was a big athlete, but I think a lot of the things I did were because they were my false identity, if you will. They got me acceptance, and they got me that attention that I craved.’ – Walker Hayes

‘Really, the arc for the first season of ‘Luke Cage’ is ‘hero.’ How does one become a hero? What does one feel about being a hero? How does one live their life and eventually go through the Elizabeth Kubler-Ross stages of grief until the acceptance is, ‘Fine, I’m a hero.’ This is what it is.’ – Cheo Hodari Coker

‘I’m never going to search for anyone’s acceptance. I’m just going to be me, and people are eventually going to have to accept it.’ – Kevin Abstract

‘There is too much acceptance of people saying, ‘I am a math person, or I am an artsy person.’ It makes me cringe.’ – Sal Khan

‘I cannot thank the LGBT+ community enough for their support, for their love, for their acceptance, and for the first time in a letter, I am incredibly proud to say that I am gay and have never been happier.’ – Calum Scott

‘For me, I never want anyone outside of my immediate family and outside of me to have the power to alter the way that I walk, talk, shop, or date. When you start feeding off of that outside acceptance and accolades, you lose sight of what’s actually real. Once you get there, it’s kind of hard to double back.’ – Romany Malco

‘If I do foray more into writing comic books, I definitely would hope that my acceptance is based more on my ability to write than my ability to schmooze my way in as a celebrity.’ – Samoa Joe

‘One thing I have found over years is that if you change direction, the initial reaction tends to be very polarized, but as the music gradually filters through and fans start engaging with it on its own terms rather than comparing it to what went before, the appreciation and acceptance of it increases.’ – Steven Wilson

‘Acceptance at home is fundamental, yes, but frankly, it’s just not enough. Trans youth, like most young people, spend the majority of their time at school. If you spent Monday to Friday from 8 to 3 being told that you weren’t okay, that you were wrong, how are you meant to think otherwise?’ – Nicole Maines

‘There are many different regions around the world, and each region has its own cultural acceptance and legal restrictions as well as different age ratings. There are always things that we’re required to do in each different region, which may go counter to the idea that players around the world want the freedom to play whatever they want.’ – Satoru Iwata

‘I chose the Congress for its thoughts, its acceptance of people of all opinions, and its wide perspective. Another reason for joining the party was my family, which is attached to the Congress for a long period of time.’ – Govinda

”RuPaul’s Drag Race’ is a show about love, art, passion, acceptance, and the quest for finding America’s next drag superstar. No show on the telly box has more grit than these queens.’ – Michelle Visage

‘While I acknowledge that it’s not my whiteness that has given me my platform entirely… it’s part of the reason I’ve garnered so much acceptance and praise for being out and nonbinary.’ – Asia Kate Dillon

‘There is still so much acceptance, representation and visibility needed for trans women of color and gender non-conforming people of color.’ – Asia Kate Dillon

”Laramie’ is a way in to replacing any hate in your heart with understanding, compassion, and acceptance.’ – Asia Kate Dillon

‘What better way is there to raise money for such an important organization like Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS than by celebrating all types of bodies, all types of relationships, and just acceptance overall?’ – Kirstin Maldonado

”Savior Of Nothing’ calls out the would-be social justice warriors of the world who become so enveloped in fighting so passionately that they become exactly what they’re trying to correct. They preach acceptance so much they become unaccepting.’ – David Draiman

‘I don’t crave acceptance in the classical world.’ – Ludovico Einaudi

‘I’d got into the habit of needing that security, love, and acceptance from a guy to make me happy.’ – Emily Atack

‘The difficulty of being Afro-Latina, in general, is the lack of acceptance in both communities.’ – Sunny Hostin

‘People who have trouble finding acceptance and love in their life settle for whatever they can get.’ – Indya Moore

‘I think ‘Pose’ is unique in that it’s not just a trans story – it’s about family. It’s about love. It’s about friendship and acceptance and really deconstructing humanity, and the ethical side of that, with how we treat people who are different than us.’ – Indya Moore

‘If what the transgender movement seeks is acceptance, association with the Kardashian circus is the last thing it needs.’ – Zoey Tur

‘I think ‘understanding’ and ‘acceptance’ are the most important words.’ – Gigi Gorgeous

‘Comedy gigs are there because you are all in acceptance that the world is not the way it should be. You have to give yourself a break; otherwise, you would sit crying in a darkened room.’ – Jon Richardson

‘Every year, deans of admissions are pushed: ‘Did you increase the number of applicants? Did you decrease the acceptance rate?’ And it’s an institutional priority for colleges and universities to look for students that are going to have a philanthropic family that could give to that school.’ – Stephanie Ruhle

‘It is rare for an artist to get acceptance by the north as well as the south audiences, and I have thankfully managed that.’ – Asin

‘Without doubt, the Queen’s personal acceptance of her role as a loyal E.U. servant was one of the great symbolic moments of our history. A bit like Magna Carta, but backwards.’ – Peter Hitchens

‘Email cannot die in the near future because of its universal acceptance.’ – Shiva Ayyadurai

‘The day after Britain voted to leave the European Union, I woke up determined to make a success of Brexit. I was surprised by how quickly I went to acceptance of the result, without passing through any of the prior stages of grief.’ – Jo Johnson

‘You give hundreds, probably thousands of speeches in this business, but you only get one chance to make an acceptance speech at the Hall of Fame. That’s pressure.’ – Jim Boeheim

‘If I get elected, my government will promote a culture of acceptance and non-violence in the country.’ – Ashraf Ghani

‘Firstly, I will never leave comedy because I love doing it. Secondly, it’s the genre that has given me acceptance and immense love from the audience.’ – Varun Sharma

‘I feel empathy wherever and whenever someone feels cornered in life. Whenever someone puts in sweat and blood and does not get the acceptance and appreciation one deserves, I resonate with it.’ – Tanushree Dutta

‘Yes, it is true that too much of everything is as bad as little, because satisfaction and gracious acceptance is the keyword for a happy and peaceful life. Too much takes the satisfaction away.’ – Tanushree Dutta

‘Why do people need awards? Don’t you know your value and your worth? I don’t need anybody’s award or acceptance.’ – Janet Hubert

‘Every one of us have been disappointed before and have had to go through the grieving process of anger and, you know, disappointment and then acceptance and forgiveness.’ – Mathew Knowles

‘I took to the Eurovision stage as an opportunity to talk to Europe about tolerance and acceptance.’ – Conchita Wurst

‘The thing that is most conducive of that better life for all is love, acceptance, understanding and being yourself.’ – Jessica Origliasso

‘It’s been hard to gain acceptance in England without the clown makeup because I wore the costume as part of my act for so long.’ – Leo Sayer

‘It’s amazing how far that we’ve come and the strides we’ve made in the LGBTQIA community with regard to acceptance and equality and really honoring ourselves and who we are.’ – Shangela

‘I’m very grateful for the success of ‘Take Me to the Alley.’ The chart position it’s reached around the world is very exciting, and its success is an example of the acceptance of my music. I am very thankful.’ – Gregory Porter

‘I would love to do more modeling. I would love to do anything really, mainstream, and help to create, I guess, a feeling of acceptance for people who are different and not look at them like they’re freaks or whatever.’ – Carmen Carrera

‘I think it’s good for ‘Drag Race’ to be moving toward the mainstream. I’m grateful for the move to VH1. I’m glad that one million people watched the first episode of Season 9. Our message is one of love and acceptance and truth and strength and perseverance, and I believe it should reach everyone, near and far.’ – Alaska

‘As long as I am getting acceptance, I would rather take one step at a time and let the audience also accept me.’ – Angad Bedi

‘Fortunately, I got critic and audience acceptance much earlier than industry acceptance.’ – Abhay Deol

‘Don’t tell me about tolerance. Don’t tell me about acceptance. Look at me as the woman that I am and respect that.’ – Dominique Jackson

‘When the big clubs, and Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world, is interested in you, it’s an honour and it’s a kind of an acceptance of what you play – so it’s a good thing.’ – Mats Hummels

‘It changed my life, but the best gift I have ever been given was the acceptance of the British public.’ – Saara Aalto

‘To be a unifying person, I think first you must have acceptance.’ – Tan Cheng Bock

‘Pleas for white acceptance of black humanity have a long and terrible history in America, stretching back to the first slave narratives.’ – Thomas Chatterton Williams

‘Legally we have integration, social acceptance and diversity… but that doesn’t mean… everybody is down with it.’ – Michael Ball

”Acceptance’ is a tricky word. Acceptance about what life is bringing us in a spiritual sense is one thing; but acceptance when there’s injustice in the world is completely another.’ – Anoushka Shankar

‘Asian-Americans are fighting for space and fighting for visibility and for acceptance.’ – Eric Nam

‘They didn’t have a lot, but my grandparents taught me the important stuff: that hard work and character, matter. When I got my acceptance (and scholarship) to college, it felt like a dream come true.’ – Jaime Harrison

‘The players and the coaches have been my soft landing spot, and those men and their acceptance of me and the respect they’ve shown to me on the air, that has changed fans’ opinion of me.’ – Doris Burke

‘According to me, marriage is a man-made custom, which ultimately gives acceptance to a relationship for the society. But for me, the moment you lose your heart to someone and you wholly and solely want to be with that person, that’s marriage.’ – Sara Khan

‘It was just normal for me growing up with a family member with severe Down Syndrome. It was completely normal. She was just Auntie Linda. I loved her and she loved me. She had a spirit that was just positive. For me it taught me tolerance and acceptance of all human beings.’ – Daniel Lissing

‘I was concerned about the viewers’ acceptance. But people have found a comic slant in me, which I was never aware of.’ – Alok Nath

‘One of the greatest attributes most Hindus have is acceptance.’ – Victor Banerjee

‘What Mr Rogers was offering to children were lessons we all need in our world right now: patience, kindness, acceptance and true self-reflection.’ – Marielle Heller

‘Universal Love can take on many forms. It can be considered acceptance of yourself, or of others. Love is unconditional and it doesn’t set terms. It is freedom. Love is freedom for you to be who you truly are inside, not what others think you should be. Love is never to force anything on anyone.’ – Koena Mitra

‘For us the acceptance of audience is important, we won’t keep making sequel after sequel just for the heck of it.’ – Bhushan Kumar

‘Buttressed by an acceptance of female wisdom in the sacred sphere from the beginnings of organised religion 12,000 years ago to late antiquity and beyond, key women used wit and the power of the word to change the world around them.’ – Bettany Hughes

‘While increasing acceptance of gays marks my generational experience – Ellen DeGeneres is welcomed into the living rooms of millions of Americans daily, an impossibility in even my childhood – many who are older than me fear that if gays and lesbians can marry, what’s next?’ – Margaret Hoover

‘Overall, I believe there has been a significant shift in the acceptance and appreciation of Paralympic athletes, but we still have a long way to go.’ – Jessica Long

‘As an actor, I do not restrict myself by saying it has to be like this only. What matters in the end are audience acceptance and the longevity of the show or the TRPs of the show.’ – Rubina Dilaik

‘Continuing to push narratives that are progressive and that are coming from a place of love and acceptance is so important.’ – Kiana Madeira

‘When I saw the letter of acceptance for Snap – the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, popularly known as food stamps – it was a moment of gratitude, and brief catharsis and relief. Still, I knew it wasn’t a socially acceptable means to feed my family with. I saw the memes friends posted, chastising people on welfare.’ – Stephanie Land

‘I was accepted by a college in Edinburgh but I think the acceptance letter shocked me into realising it wasn’t what I wanted.’ – Edith Bowman

‘Scam’ gave me a national or I would say global platform which made me a household name. I am getting such a lot of love, appreciation, and acceptance from the audience and makers and that’s a very satisfying feeling.’ – Pratik Gandhi

‘I want to march for tolerance, acceptance and understanding.’ – Jason Collins

‘Our goal is to do our part to help make the world a ‘kinder & braver’ place by empowering and inspiring youth around the country, and hopefully others who want to stand up for kindness, acceptance and love.’ – Cynthia Germanotta

‘Whenever I’m about to enter a new setting – like the New York City Council in 2014 or Congress in 2021 – I never have the luxury of taking acceptance for granted. My life experience has taught me this.’ – Ritchie Torres

‘Especially with the ACM and CMA, to me, those wins were about acceptance. Winning an award that’s voted on by the country music industry means they accept me as a creator and an artist.’ – Jimmie Allen

‘I remember watching the ACMs growing up. I would start on the couch and when the winner won the category, I had to walk up and stand by the TV and give my acceptance speech.’ – Jimmie Allen

‘I was never very cool at school. To be cool, you had to listen to the music everyone else listened to, dress and wear your hair the same. The acceptance of difference was very narrow.’ – Adrian Lester

‘I’m not motivated by recognition and acceptance. I’m never going to play that game as much as some do. I’m motivated by competing, winning, being able to look someone in the eye that I’ve just battled against.’ – David Coulthard

‘Helping young people find resources in the face of adversity and directing families towards tools for acceptance and understanding is something I’m extremely passionate about.’ – Ariana DeBose

‘You know, the journey of coming out, the journey of identity is ongoing and to stand in your authentic truth for all the world to see is a very scary and vulnerable thing to do. It’s very rewarding, but it’s not always cupcakes and sprinkles, right? Acceptance is sometimes not an overnight reward, but it’s possible.’ – Ariana DeBose

‘To advance the Gospel by political lobbying, by any form of pragmatism, shallow Gospel entertainment, emotional manipulation, acceptance of sin and sinners, is to cross over into the devil’s work.’ – John MacArthur

‘I feel a huge sense of acceptance with my body by being open with my friends.’ – Stassi Schroeder

‘If you’ve been to a pride parade, you know it’s a celebration of acceptance and inclusion.’ – Jonathan Capehart

‘I am happy that I am getting acceptance beyond comedy and hope I keep getting a variety of roles.’ – Sunil Grover

‘As teenagers, acceptance is such an important part of our life. But this is not something you get made fun of or bullied about. The movement is spreading.’ – JP Saxe

‘We’d like to ideally be communicating more in-person, understanding each other face-to-face, and creating acceptance offline, instead of intolerance online.’ – T. J. Watt

‘In November 2022, I was able to win my first WTA 1000 title in Guadalajara, Mexico. Before the finals, I was uncontrollably crying in the locker room. I am not a big crier, but I cried. It wasn’t even sad tears, it was almost happy, because I just had this feeling I was going to win. In my acceptance speech I dedicated it to my mom.’ – Jessica Pegula

‘You always have those artists where they release one great record and then they’re gone. But we achieved this overwhelmingly positive and massive acceptance that continued.’ – Richard Carpenter

‘I’ve always been grateful for the acceptance I’ve got because I know that I’m not always promoting the most popular thing in the world. But I always had an honorable little project, and great people to help me execute.’ – Rick Owens