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  • I think all great innovations are built on rejections.

  • I am not a cold woman, Henry, / But I do not feel for you, / What I feel for the elephants and the miasmas / And the general view.

    • Stevie Smith,
    • "Lady 'Rogue' Singleton," Mother, What Is Man? ()
  • Beware of allowing a tactless word, a rebuttal, a rejection to obliterate the whole sky.

    • Anaïs Nin,
    • 1939, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. 2 ()
  • ... a person who doesn't feel rejected doesn't go away. A painless rejection isn't one.

  • I was absorbing a sorry truth of show business — rejection is the norm and acceptance the oddity. I was learning to cut the tops off my highs and stay with the lows where the rejections and letdowns would be shallow.

    • Joan Rivers,
    • with Richard Merryman, Enter Talking ()
  • Books were put out, and 'had a run,' / Like coinage from the mint; / But which could fill the place of one, / That one they wouldn't print?

    • Phoebe Cary,
    • "He Never Wrote Again," Poems and Parodies ()
  • I live by the truth that 'No' is a complete sentence.

  • What we once fling away never comes again to us.

  • Swallowing your pride isn't lethal. It might upset your stomach for a few minutes, but the ultimate result may be the life of your dreams. And that's a result that's worth every rejection you encounter.

  • Every 'no' means you are that much closer to a 'yes.'

    • Lois Lowry,
    • in Suzanne Harper, ed., Hands On! 22 More Things Every Girl Should Know ()
  • Even if the most important person in your world rejects you, you are still real, and you are still okay.

  • To students, I have been known to put this more flippantly and more succinctly. When rejection slips or rotten reviews come in, I tell them: have one stiff drink, say five Hail Mary's and ten Fuck-You's, and get back to work.

  • [On rejection:] ... you only need one 'yes.'