Quotes and Sayings about Rejection



"Look up the definition of rejection in the dictionary, get really comfortable with it, and then maybe you can go into acting."
- Loni Anderson
(Related: Acting, Rejection)

"I was told to avoid the business all together because of the rejection. People would say to me, 'Don't you want to have a normal job and a normal family?' I guess that would be good advice for some people, but I wanted to act."
- Jennifer Aniston
(Related: Business, People, Family, Act, Advice, Job, Rejection, Want)

"My rejection of the idea of entertainment in its current form is based on the audience that comes with it."
- David Antin
(Related: Idea, Entertainment, Rejection)

"Through my illness I learned rejection. I was written off. That was the moment I thought, Okay, game on. No prisoners. Everybody's going down."
- Lance Armstrong
(Related: Thought, Illness, Rejection)

"There's no way I'm going to put this kid in the movies, because of the rejection. It's so hard as an adult, so why set her up to feel that bad as a child?"
- Rosanna Arquette
(Related: Movies, Rejection)

"Despite the rejection, and in violation of all the rules, I came back year after year."
- Joseph Barbera
(Related: Rejection, Rules)

"I submit all my plays to the National Theatre for rejection. To assure myself I am seeing clearly."
- Howard Barker
(Related: Rejection, Theatre)

"Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap."
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Related: Being, Holiday, May, Rejection, Retirement)

"An objection is not a rejection; it is simply a request for more information."
- Bo Bennett
(Related: Information, Rejection)

"A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success."
- Bo Bennett
(Related: Success, Nothing, Pursuit, Rejection)

"You've got to love this business. You have to be able to take rejection."
- Jessica Biel
(Related: Love, Business, Rejection)

"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."
- H. P. Blavatsky
(Related: Nature, Belief, Acceptance, Existence, Rejection, Spirits, Theory, Unbelief, Unity)

"You put yourself on the line as a performer, and when people reject you, it's a personal rejection."
- Morgan Brittany
(Related: People, Rejection)

"Everything is a rejection of you, not your product, or your script, or a cosmetic. It's you."
- Morgan Brittany
(Related: Rejection)

"I could write an entertaining novel about rejection slips, but I fear it would be overly long."
- Louise Brown
(Related: Fear, Rejection)

"There's nothing like rejection to make you do an inventory of yourself."
- James Lee Burke
(Related: Nothing, Rejection)

"I used to save all my rejection slips because I told myself, one day I'm going to autograph these and auction them. And then I lost the box."
- James Lee Burke
(Related: Day, Rejection)

"Every rejection is incremental payment on your dues that in some way will be translated back into your work."
- James Lee Burke
(Related: Work, Rejection, Will)

"Being an actor is mostly about rejection and being out of work. It was a fast lesson in all of that stuff."
- Rose Byrne
(Related: Work, Actor, Being, Rejection)

"Save your rejections so that later when you are famous you can show them to people and laugh."
- Meg Cabot
(Related: People, Famous)

"Actors search for rejection. If they don't get it they reject themselves."
- Charlie Chaplin
(Related: Actors, Rejection)

"Attitude is your acceptance of the natural laws, or your rejection of the natural laws."
- Stuart Chase
(Related: Attitude, Acceptance, Laws, Rejection)

"You need to develop, somehow, a huge amount of faith and confidence in yourself, because there's a lot of rejection throughout an actor's life and you have to believe in yourself more than anyone else."
- Stephen Collins
(Related: Faith, Life, Actor, Confidence, Rejection)

"You well know, sir, that when the Constitution was submitted to the People of the respective States for their adoption or rejection, it awakened the warmest debates of the several State conventions."
- Caleb Cushing
(Related: People, Adoption, Constitution, Rejection, State, states)

"It is impossible, in my mind, to distinguish between the refusal to receive a petition, or its summary rejection by some general order, and the denial of the right of petition."
- Caleb Cushing
(Related: Denial, Mind, Order, Rejection, Right)

"I tell writers to keep reading, reading, reading. Read widely and deeply. And I tell them not to give up even after getting rejection letters. And only write what you love."
- Anita Diament
(Related: Love, Letters, Reading, Rejection, Writers)

"I got nice rejections explaining that historical fiction was a difficult sell. But I kept trying."
- Anita Diament
(Related: Fiction, Trying)

"I feel like it has gone very fast for me, but I feel like it wasn't instantaneous, at all. I was getting a lot of rejections. I just got very lucky and it happened quickly for me. I don't feel like I'm a prodigy or something."
- Anthony Doerr
"Lest Arab governments be tempted out of sheer routine to rush into impulsive rejection, let me suggest that tragedy is not what men suffer but what they miss."
- Abba Eban
(Related: Men, Rejection, Routine, Tragedy)

"People could rationally decide that prolonged relationships take up too much time and effort and that they'd much rather do other kinds of things. But most people are afraid of rejection."
- Albert Ellis
(Related: Time, People, Effort, Rejection, Relationships)

"At the present day the crude theory of the sexual impulse held on one side, and the ignorant rejection of theory altogether on the other side, are beginning to be seen as both alike unjustified."
- Havelock Ellis
(Related: Beginning, Day, Present, Rejection, Theory)

"I have friends that are much better actors than I am that had to quit the business because they couldn't survive the auditions or the rejections, or people just didn't realize how good they were."
- Robert Englund
(Related: Business, People, Actors, Friends)

"Some actors couldn't figure out how to withstand the constant rejection. They couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel."
- Harrison Ford
(Related: Actors, End, Light, Rejection)

"Audrey was a princess, so natural, the camera really loved her... James and I kept each other company during all the rejections. We used to meet, have a cup of coffee and went from office to office to get work and never got work."
- Ben Gazzara
(Related: Work, Coffee, Company, Office)

"Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority."
- Thomas Huxley
(Related: Knowledge, Authority, Rejection)

"I really wish I was less of a thinking man and more of a fool not afraid of rejection."
- Billy Joel
(Related: Fool, Man, Rejection, Thinking)

"A girl who is interested in becoming a model must first accept the fact that she is the product. She must be ready to deal with a lot of rejection."
- Karolina Kurkova
(Related: Fact, First, Rejection)

"The crime of book purging is that it involves a rejection of the word. For the word is never absolute truth, but only man's frail and human effort to approach the truth. To reject the word is to reject the human search."
- Max Lerner
(Related: Truth, Crime, Effort, Man, Rejection, Word)

"The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief... that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart."
- Walter Lippmann
(Related: Science, Heart, Belief, Atoms, Lies, Novelty, Radical, Rejection, Stars)

"I think it's time to do clean-up for a generation. I believe this is one of the movies that hits home for all colors and all races. Everybody I talk to, black or white, suburban, rich or poor, can relate to rejection, can relate to not having a father or a mother."
- Derek Luke
(Related: Home, Movies, Time, Mother, Father, Colors, Poor, Rejection, Talk)

"You're going to have more rejection than acceptance."
- Barry Mann
(Related: Acceptance, Rejection)

"You've got to really be able to accept the rejection."
- Barry Mann
(Related: Rejection)

"It was something she didn't want me to do because she thought the rejection would ruin my self-esteem. My father was, like, 'If she wants to try it, let her try it.'"
- Ellen Muth
(Related: Father, Thought, Rejection, Ruin, Self, Want)

"We did not start a fight with America, and we don't want a war with America. If someone launches an attack, though, we will respond. We will not take rejection or humiliation. We do not want to fight."
- Hassan Nasrallah
(Related: War, America, Fight, Rejection, Want, Will)

"I think all great innovations are built on rejections."
- Louise Berliawsky Nevelson
"Believe me, the next step is a currency crisis because there will be a rejection of the dollar, the rejection of the dollar is a big, big event, and then your personal liberties are going to be severely threatened."
- Ron Paul
(Related: Crisis, Rejection, Will)

"The most important element of a free society, where individual rights are held in the highest esteem, is the rejection of the initiation of violence."
- Ron Paul
(Related: Society, Rights, Rejection, Violence)

"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
(Related: Life, Acceptance, Rejection)

"Lesbian existence comprises both the breaking of a taboo and the rejection of a compulsory way of life. It is also a direct or indirect attack on the male right of access to women."
- Adrienne Rich
(Related: Women, Life, Existence, Lesbian, Rejection, Right)

"I had come to regard the U.S. Senate's rejection of the League of Nations as a tragic mistake."
- Elliot Richardson
(Related: Mistake, Nations, Rejection, Senate)

"For over a year I continued to submit mss, and have them rejected - the last few with rejection letters indicated the story was pretty good, but I was American."
- Nora Roberts
(Related: American, Letters, Pretty, Rejection)

"But on the extremist side I didn't get any rejections at all. Everyone agreed to talk to me."
- Jon Ronson
(Related: Talk)

"I had immediate success in the sense that I sold something right off the bat. I thought it was going to be a piece of cake and it really wasn't. I have drawers full of - or I did have - drawers full of rejection slips."
- Fred Saberhagen
(Related: Success, Thought, Rejection, Right, Sense)

"I wrote poems in my corner of the Brooks Street station. I sent them to two editors who rejected them right off. I read those letters of rejection years later and I agreed with those editors."
- Carl Sandburg
(Related: Brooks, Editors, Letters, Poems, Rejection, Right, Years)

"There was a danger that skeptics and opponents would misread those likelihood ratio tests as rejections of an entire class of models, which of course they were not."
- Thomas J. Sargent
(Related: Class, Danger, Opponents, Tests)

"I take rejection as someone blowing a bugle in my ear to wake me up and get going, rather than retreat."
- Sylvester Stallone
(Related: Rejection)

"The usual way - through a long series of rejections, revising my manuscripts, and kept trying again and again. Finally I was fortunate enough to find a good agent."
- Danielle Steel
(Related: Trying)

"You have people come into your life shockingly and surprisingly. You have losses that you never thought you'd experience. You have rejection and you have learn how to deal with that and how to get up the next day and go on with it."
- Taylor Swift
(Related: Life, Experience, Thought, People, Day, Rejection)

"I think I've always been somebody, since the deaths of my father and brother, who was afraid to hope. So, I was more prepared for failure and for rejection than for success."
- Amy Tan
(Related: Success, Father, Brother, Failure, Hope, Rejection)

"In my work, there's a tremendous amount of rejection and waves of fertile and fallow times."
- Marlo Thomas
(Related: Work, Rejection)

"Don't let anyone, or any rejection, keep you from what you want."
- Ashley Tisdale
(Related: Rejection, Want)

"I think I'm extremely vulnerable and that in some ways I seek out rejection. Never feeling like you're getting that pat on the back from dad is probably at the heart of that."
- Skeet Ulrich
(Related: Dad, Heart, Feeling, Rejection)

"So struggling for work here has been very good for me, but it's also been very hard to handle rejection."
- Patricia Velasquez
(Related: Work, Rejection)

"One of the very basic ideas of Post-Modernism is rejection of arbitrary power structures. Different people are sensitive to different kinds of power structures."
- Larry Wall
(Related: Power, People, Ideas, Post, Rejection)

"These rejections hurt me terribly because I felt it was my life that was being rejected."
- Edmund White
(Related: Life, Being, Hurt)

"But so much of being an actor isn't so great - the auditioning, the rejection, the financial insecurity."
- Douglas Wood
(Related: Financial, Actor, Being, Insecurity, Rejection)

"I think that you have to believe in your destiny; that you will succeed, you will meet a lot of rejection and it is not always a straight path, there will be detours - so enjoy the view."
- Michael York
(Related: Destiny, Rejection, Succeed, Will)