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1. "The worship of reason is arrogance and betrays a lack of intelligence. The rejection of reason is cowardice and betrays a lack of faith."
Author: Abraham Joshua Heschel
2. "He would have denied it, even to himself -deemed it a laughable affectation- but it seemed to him now that he had always secretly believed that in the way he lived (he refused to say his "lifestyle"), in his freelance, un-health-insured, sparsely thinged life, he was in a small way registering a rejection-of conformity, of middle-class convention, of not just acquisitiveness but enslavement to the idol of "security." Nevertheless, he'd wound up in the same place as everyone else. Was this - latte liberalism - his inescapable fate? Surely it was. It was sheer vanity to pretend otherwise."
Author: Adelle Waldman
3. "Without sex, we would be dangerously invulnerable. We might believe we were not ridiculous. We wouldn't know rejection and humiliation so intimately."
Author: Alain De Botton
4. "When pain is understood in the light of wisdom it opens doors of compassion; When rejection is understood in the light of wisdom it leads to acceptance."
Author: Avantika
5. "Rationality is man's basic virtue, the source of all his other virtues. Man's basic vice, the source of all evils, is the act of unfocussing his mind, the suspension of his conciousness, which is not blindness, but the refusal to see, not ignorance, but the refusal to know. Irrationality is the rejection of man's means of survival and therefore, a commitment to a course of blind destruction; that is anti-mind, anti-life."
Author: Ayn Rand
6. "Eventually my rejection of authority spilled into self-indulgence and self-destructiveness, and by the time I enrolled in college, I'd begun to see how any challenge to convention harbored within it the possibility of its own excesses and its own orthodoxy. I started to reexamine my assumptions, and recalled the values my mother and grandparents had taught me. In this slow, fitful process of sorting out what I believed, I began silently registering the point in dorm-room conversations when my college friends and I stopped thinking and slipped into can't: the point at which the denunciations of capitalism or American imperialism came too easily, and the freedom from the constraints of monogamy or religion was proclaimed without fully understanding the value of such constraints, and the role of victim was too readily embraced as a means of shedding responsibility, or asserting entitlement, or claiming moral superiority over those not so victimized."
Author: Barack Obama
7. "…It's breadth, and the strength between us to know that we're ready for the next step. I want to do it this way so it lasts, and I need you to understand that for me.""I understand.""Do you?" Hunter asked him closely. "Then why do I still hear rejection in your voice?""Because I'm impulsive, and immature, and…in love with you."
Author: Brandon Shire
8. "But where pain was, healing could come; where loneliness was, new relationships could be formed; where rejection was, new love could be found. It was a moment. And moments changed. She would have to live through the moment to get to the next."
Author: Cecelia Ahern
9. "F you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is."
Author: Charles Bukowski
10. "And an inky-colored despair of rejection enveloped me like the black tortilla of depression around a pain burrito."
Author: Christopher Moore
11. "You get used to the rejection and you don't take it personally."
Author: Daniel Craig
12. "One of the best predictors of ultimate success in either sales or non-sales selling isn't natural talent or even industry expertise, but how you explain your failures and rejections."
Author: Daniel H. Pink
13. "Arms control is by definition a rejection of disarmament."
Author: David T. Dellinger
14. "These rejections hurt me terribly because I felt it was my life that was being rejected."
Author: Edmund White
15. "It seemed as though he gave way all at once; he was so languid that he could not control his thoughts; they would wander to her; they would bring back the scene,- not of his repulse and rejection the day before but the looks, the actions of the day before that. He went along the crowded streets mechanically, winding in and out among the people, but never seeing them, -almost sick with longing for that one half-hour-that one brief space of time when she clung to him, and her heart beat against his-to come once again."
Author: Elizabeth Gaskell
16. "Self-conscious rejection of the absolute is the best way to resist God; thus illusion, the substance of life, is saved."
Author: Emil Cioran
17. "That agony, that pain, that struggle, that rejection takes you to the place of grasping your dreams."
Author: Euginia Herlihy
18. "Work like hell! I had 122 rejection slips before I sold a story."
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
19. "One cannot fail to notice the inconsistency of those rejecting human rights: their rejection takes place in the public square created by human rights. It is difficult to reject human rights without using them."
Author: Filip Spagnoli
20. "Downplaying their faults is pretty much the point of campaigns. But we do count on them living with the constant terror of public rejection."
Author: Gail Collins
21. "My art school rejection letter arrived as a cold manila fist that closed around my fragile hopes [...] The fear was practically edible. Nothing would happen unless I get out and make it happen.Then, as if handling me the keys to the jet pack, my dad bought me a typewriter and a taped message to the inside of its case: "Son- the world is waiting to hear from you"."
Author: Grant Morrison
22. "The rejection didn't faze him. "Fine. If I can't have you, then you do the taking. Have all of me, part of me, a small piece, whatever you want. Just please, have something."
Author: J.R. Ward
23. "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."
Author: Jennifer Aniston
24. "No one goes into standup to make money. The frustration and rejection are just too much."
Author: Jim Gaffigan
25. "There is no doubt; even a rejection can be the shadow of a caress"."
Author: José Ortega Y Gasset
26. "The slow rejection of the foreign skin grafts fascinated me. How could the host distinguish another person's skin from his own?"
Author: Joseph Murray
27. "When we heard about the hippies, the barely more than boys and girls who decided to try something different ... we laughed at them. We condemned them, our children, for seeking a different future. We hated them for their flowers, for their love, and for their unmistakable rejection of every hideous, mistaken compromise that we had made throughout our hollow, money-bitten, frightened, adult lives"
Author: June Jordan
28. "Take the time you need to learn the craft. Then sit down and write. When you hand over your completed manuscript to a trusted reader, keep an open mind. Edit, edit, and edit again. After you have written a great query letter, go to AgentQuery.com. This site is an invaluable resource that lists agents in your genre. Submit, accept rejection as part of the process, and submit again. And, of course, never give up."
Author: Kathleen Grissom
29. "Legs with attitude." Kyle's tone warmed with approval. "Why don't you bring those beauties over here. I got a spot all ready for ‘em." He and his buddies all chuckled when he patted his lap. I wasn't exactly impressed. "I think these legs are fine where they are, thank you very much." Kyle wasn't deterred at all by my rejection. "I wouldn't have expected legs like those to be quite so shy." "Not shy," I informed him. "Just holding out for a better offer."
Author: Kelly Oram
30. "I've grown up seeing the pros and cons but I love it and I've always wanted to act. Throughout all the rejections at auditions, and especially when I finally did get something, both my parents have been so supportive and always told me it is all about passion and, if I was doing it because I love it, there's no wrong choice."
Author: Lily Collins
31. "Living in a family where all the interactions are superficial and shallow can cause a wound that may limit capacity for meaningful connections with others. Physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, neglect, rejection, extreme punishment, humiliation, ridicule, and abandonment can also be the source of unhealed wounds."
Author: Linda Bloom
32. "Science is the search for truth, that is the effort to understand the world: it involves the rejection of bias, of dogma, of revelation, but not the rejection of morality."
Author: Linus Pauling
33. "It's hard. We're taught that in life, we should try to look on the bright side, to be optimistic. Not in this case. In this case, look on the dark side. Assume rejection first. Assume you're the rule, not the exception. It's intoxicatingly liberating."
Author: Liz Tuccillo
34. "Look up the definition of rejection in the dictionary, get really comfortable with it, and then maybe you can go into acting."
Author: Loni Anderson
35. "Denial and rejection is one of the most powerful weapons that can turn a man into an evil."
Author: M.F. Moonzajer
36. "Save your rejections so that later when you are famous you can show them to people and laugh."
Author: Meg Cabot
37. "You put yourself on the line as a performer, and when people reject you, it's a personal rejection."
Author: Morgan Brittany
38. "What is needed is this, and this alone: solitude, great inner loneliness. Going into oneself and not meeting anyone for hours – that is what one must arrive at. Loneliness of the kind one knew as a child, when the grown-ups went back and forth bound up in things which seemed grave and weighty because they looked so busy, and because one had no idea what they were up to.And when one day you realise that their preoccupations are meagre, their professions barren and no longer connected to life, why not continue to look on them like a child, as if on something alien, drawing on the depths of your own world, on the expanse of your own solitude, which itself is work and achievement and a vocation? Why wish to exchange a child's wise incomprehension for rejection and contempt, when incomprehension is solitude, whereas rejection and contempt are ways of participating in what, by precisely these means, you want to sever yourself from?"
Author: Rainer Maria Rilke
39. "A rejection does not represent your failure. It represents that you have a courage to try."
Author: Riza Prasetyaningsih
40. "And the sexes eyeing each other uneasily, for nothing is easier for a teenager to imagine than rejection."
Author: Roger Ebert
41. "The fact that my continuous and public rejection of Christianity does not worry me in the least should suggest to you just how inadequate I think your reasons for being a Christian are."
Author: Sam Harris
42. "A struggling writer, 'I get hundreds of rejection letters each day. I am depressed with this life, Can you please help?' The Wise-man, 'No, I can't help. It is good that you are being rejected. The more you get rejection letters, the better your writing will become. Always remember, first they will reject you, then they... ignore you, then they will laugh at you and finally, they may accept you."
Author: Santosh Kalwar
43. "Neither of us wanted to say it first. But our two souls had become one in a realm no one else could venture into. The immortal coil of passion had wrapped around us forever. It had begun with lust and attraction and blossomed into so much more. Fear of rejection kept us from declaring it."
Author: Sherry Soule
44. "I had the easiest publishing experience in the entire world. I sent out fifteen courier letters to agents, got five no replies, nine rejections and one I want to see it. A month later I had an agent. Another month later I had a three book deal with Little Brown."
Author: Stephenie Meyer
45. "I know that when a door closes, it can feel like all doors are closing. A rejection letter can feel like everyone will reject us. But a closed door leads to clarity. It's really an arrow. Because we cannot go through that door, we will go somewhere else. That somewhere else is your true life."
Author: Tama J. Kieves
46. "He was as needy as she was. Alvin Finch only wanted to be needed. Loved. And absent of either, he resorted to deflecting his pain by killing. Just like a teenager might resort to deflecting the pain of rejection by cutting. People did a lot of crazy things to be wanted."
Author: Ted Dekker
47. "Some of these walls had been of my own making; my rebellion, my resistance; my arrogance, my need for control. Some had been built around me by the misfortunes of life; my loneliness; my orphaned heart; my fear of rejection. I had kept God at bay, and cheated myself of the warmth of His mercy."
Author: Tessa Afshar
48. "The presence of ghosts is only as close as your belief.The existence of aliens is only as far as your rejection."
Author: Toba Beta
49. "… my century..is unique in the history of men for two reasons. It is the first century since life began when a decisive part of the most articulate section of mankind has not merely ceased to believe in God, but has deliberately rejected God. And it is the century in which this religious rejection has taken a specifically political form…."
Author: Whittaker Chambers
50. "In your experiment on life and love, I was the price you paid...and the one whom you hurt...I was your lab rat and you injected me with rejection o see how you'd fair, but the winds blew not in your favor so in my lament and despair you've returned to shore to find me there in pieces scattered in the sand"
Author: Yesenia Barkley

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I really don't feel that any of the pieces I wrote were confessions; there are no revelations about secrets in my life, and actually I have nothing to confess and I certainly do not ask for redemption and there is no reward for confessing that I expect."
Author: Aleksandar Hemon

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