Quotes with an ACT Theme

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These quotes, most of which are good to share with clients, come from numerous resources, including the introductory quotes to chapters of ACT books.
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We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. — Carl Jung

The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. — Zen Saying

If you don't know where you are going, you might not get there. — Yogi Berra

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. — John Lennon

Right now a moment of time is passing by!... We must become that moment. — Paul Cezanne

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. — Helen Keller

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. — Albert Einstein

The only way out is through. — Robert Frost

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance. — Orville Wright

It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are. — e. e. cummings

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. — Gandhi

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall. — Confucius

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. — The Wizard of Oz

When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool. — Chinua Achebe

I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this. — Emo Phillips

Our one true home is in the present moment. — Thich Nhat Hanh

You can observe a lot just by watching. — Yogi Berra

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less important whether I am afraid. — Audre Lorde

It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow. — Ralph Ellison

When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it's bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space. — Pema Chodron

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. — Wayne Dyer

It's like you're surfing… The same wave that can be a source of pain can be a beautiful flowing grace and source of power. It's all a matter of how you respond to it. — Trey Anastasio

It is only by practicing through a continual succession of agreeable and disagreeable situations that we acquire true strengths. To accept that pain is inherent and to live our lives from this understanding is to create the causes and conditions for happiness. — Suzuki Roshi

Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. — Woody Allen

In the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. — Abraham Lincoln

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. — Jim Elliot

Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary. — Mark Twain

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. — Ferris Bueller

Be the change you wish to see in the world. — Gandhi

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Experience is the teacher of all things. — Julius Caesar

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present. — Sir Francis Bacon

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. — Mother Teresa

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. — Frederick Douglass

Humor is mankind's greatest blessing. —  Mark Twain

Make each day your masterpiece. —  John Wooden

Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair. — Edmund Burke

When you come to a fork in the road, take it. — Yogi Berra

You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, this is something you are free to do and is in accordance with your nature, but perhaps precisely this holding back is the only suffering that you might be able to avoid. — Franz Kafka

Uncertainty is not a pleasant condition; but certainty is absurd. — Voltaire

Fear doesn't go away but you walk toward fear naked and the gate opens. — Starhawk

When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for. — Clarissa Pinkola Estes

You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. — Joseph Goldstein

Do not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness. — James Thurber

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. — Guillaume Apollinaire

The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt. — Thomas Merton

The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default. — J.K. Rowling

You can close your eyes to the things you don't want to see, but you can't close your heart to the things you don't want to feel. — Unknown

It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it. — Lena Horne

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. — Anonymous

Do or do not. There is no try. — Yoda (Star Wars)

I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do. — Georgia O'Keeffe

Life is not tried, it is merely survived if you're standing outside the fire. — Garth Brooks

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. — Abraham Lincoln

Do one thing every day that scares you. — Eleanor Roosevelt

In the beginning the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. — Douglas Adams

Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and start wars etc… and all that dolphins do is swim in the water, eat fish and play around. Dolphins believe that they are smarter for exactly the same reasons. — Douglas Adams

Wisdom and compassion flow from simplicity and clarity; from having nothing to prove and nothing to defend. — Barry Magid