The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has done you a small favor wish that he might have done a greater one.
Never accept flattery as though it were a compliment, and never accept a compliment as though it were a flattery.
The only graceful way to accept an insult is to ignore it; if you can't ignore it, top it, laugh at it; if you can't laugh at it, it's probably deserved.
Always accept defeat as though it were defeat and success as though it were success, but never take either for granted; neither is permanent.
But if the art of accepting is, as I have suggested, the art of gratifying those who would be generous to you, "Thank you" has no peer.