In Peter Gabriel's Here Comes the Flood, a world is dreamed up in which the walls that separate our minds were suddenly lifted.

In an instant, all perspectives are understood, all conflict washes away.

It's with this imagery that we introduce our quotes on acceptance. With any luck, one of the following 14 quotes will help you accept some truth about yourself, about others, or about the cards that life has dealt you.

California sunlight - sweet Calcutta rain - Honolulu starbright - the song remains the same.

Led Zeppelin

Some people confuse acceptance with apathy, but there's all the difference in the world. Apathy fails to distinguish between what can and what cannot be helped; acceptance makes that distinction. Apathy paralyzes the will-to-action; acceptance frees it by relieving it of impossible burdens.

Arthur Gordon

When you are outraged by somebody's impudence, ask yourself at once, 'Can the world exist without impudent people?' It cannot; so do not ask for impossibilities.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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

Joanne Kathleen Rowling

There are certainly states where you will find acceptance.

William Duncan

Acceptance by the market has lagged behind expectations.

John Lack

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

Stuart Chase

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

Jean Toomer

If I won, I'd probably go unconscious, ... Which would be bad, because then there would be no acceptance speech.

George Canyon

I was moved by it then. I'm attracted to dark stories about acceptance.

Rick Kerby