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150 Rejection Quotes To Comfort Us When We Are Denied

Last Updated: December 21, 2022 by Team

Rejection is hard to deal with and an even harder message to hear.

When faced with rejection, it can be a hit to our ego or make us question if we are good enough.

Sometimes what we learn from rejection ultimately makes us the best version of ourselves. It can put us in the best possible for our considerable success. Some of this wisdom may help you during those difficult moments.

Check out our inspirational rejection quotes about life, love, and goals.

150 Rejection Quotes

Top 10 Rejection Quotes

“When faced with many rejections, don’t give up. Hold fast to your dreams and keep up with sacred-work, you will succeed in the sacred-time.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C. S. Lewis

“While overeating would be seen by some as an indulgence of self, it is in fact a profound rejection of self. It is a moment of self-betrayal and self-punishment, and anything but a commitment to one’s own well-being.” – Marianne Williamson

“Too many Christians have a commitment of convenience. They’ll stay faithful as long as it’s safe and doesn’t involve risk, rejection, or criticism. Instead of standing alone in the face of challenge or temptation, they check to see which way their friends are going.” – Charles Stanley

“You get used to rejection and you don’t take it personally.” – Daniel Craig

“When you’re following your inner voice, doors tend to eventually open for you, even if they mostly slam at first.” – Kelly Cutrone

“Today, learn that you are the one who gives rejection its capacity to hurt.” – Jeane Eddy Westin

“To be set aside is to be rejected.To be set apart is to be given an assignment that requires preparation.” – Lysa TerKeurst

“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

“One of life’s fundamental truths states, ‘Ask and you shall receive.’ As kids we get used to asking for things, but somehow we lose this ability in adulthood. We come up with all sorts of excuses and reasons to avoid any possibility of criticism or rejection.” – Jack Canfield


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“Rejections will redirect you to more exciting roads. When you think your life is falling apart, it’s usually falling together in disguise” – Charlotte Eriksson

“Rejection—It may be a delay. It may be a distraction. It may even be a devastation for a season but it is not your final destination.” – Lysa TerKeurst

“Rejection, though–it could make the loss of someone you weren’t even that crazy about feel gut wrenching and world ending.” – Deb Caletti

“Rejection tests whether you’re serious about your dreams.” – Tiyasha Ghosh

“Rejection teaches you about where you stand. There is nothing wrong with that. When I look back at the time, I don’t regret being rejected, but I regret wasting years.” – Neeraj Agnihotri

“Rejection sucks, no matter how it’s presented.” – Colleen Hoover

“Rejection steals the best of who I am by reinforcing the worst of what’s been said to me.” – Lysa TerKeurst

“Rejection should ignite soul-searching, and the soul-searching must be absolutely honest.” – Adena Friedman

“Rejection puts you out of your comfort zone which is usually when you’re at your best” – Stewart Stafford

“Rejection only made the attachment stronger. I realized that the impossibility of connection was a driving force behind his desire.” – Deirdre Madden

“Rejection of desire is liberating. Renunciation is a form of power.” – Kilroy J. Oldster

“Rejection means a lot of hard feelings that come together and, in a sense, accepting defeat.” – Unknown

“Rejection just motivates me to keep trying and to try to do better.” – Sasha Grey

“Rejection isn’t failure. Failure is giving up. Everybody gets rejected. It’s how you handle it that determines where you’ll end up” – Richard Castle

“Rejection is the greatest aphrodisiac.” – Madonna Louise Ciccone

“Rejection is part of the journey toward success, so don’t be insulted or get upset when it happens. In fact, get excited about how you just got closer to your “Yes!” – Michelle Moore

“Rejection is part of the game. Or rather, rejection is part of the profession. A profession which at times can feel like a game.” – Robin Black

“Rejection is not the end. Just a step on the path.”

“Rejection is not meant to reduce you, it’s meant to reroute you to God’s purpose for your life.” – Danny Chambers

“Rejection is merely a redirect; a course correction to your destiny.” – Bryant McGill

“Rejection is just a part of life.” – Logan Paul

“Rejection is an opportunity for your selection.” – Bernard Branson

“Rejection is an opportunity for growth. Rejection stings and for a while may make you doubt yourself. But fearing it will refrain you from reaching your heights.” – Priya Alka

“Rejection is a part of life. Just learn to deal with it and keep moving.” – Samyak Mendhe

“Rejection is a part of any man’s life. If you can’t accept and move past rejection, or at least use it as writing material – you’re not a real man.” – Master Jiraiya

“Rejection is a common occurrence. Learning that early and often will help you build up the tolerance and resistance to keep going and keep trying.” – Kevin Feige

“Rejection is a challenge.” – Veronica Purcell

“Rejection gives you more power to push forward” – Jeremy Limn

“Rejection doesn’t mean you won’t find someone Rejection allows you to find the right one All it takes is a little patience, healing, and self-love.” – Sorsha Lightcap

“Rejection doesn’t have to mean you aren’t good enough; it often just means the other person failed to notice what you have to offer” – Ash Sweeney

“Rejection doesn’t define us if we choose to allow it to refine us. Our future is greater than our past!” – Devaney Rae

“Rejection can be a Hard Pill to swallow” – Basimah Rasha

“Rejection and I are old friends.” – Michaela Watkins

When you fear rejection, you will see rejection even where it doesn't exist.

Motivational Rejection Quotes

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“When I got out of high school, I wanted to be an actor but was getting a lot of rejections. I was getting rejected by life. My mother, God rest her soul, told me not to quit.” – Don Rickles

“When we choose to reject those who live differently, we murder our humanity.” – J.Adam Snyder

“The best thing we can do with rejection is to make it a learning experience – rejection is a great teacher.” – Adena Friedman

“Taking risks is part of life, but to take risks invites the possibility of failure and rejection, but also the possibility of true happiness.” – Morten Hogsberg

“Take rejection as an eye-opener. Take it as something that pushes you and makes you do things better.” – Amit Sadh

“Successful people reject rejection.” – John C. Maxwell

“Today’s rejection may become tomorrow’s acceptance.” – Ehsan Sehgal

“The effects of rejection can either kill your muse or change your life.” – Jane Champagne

“The biggest hurdle is rejection, be ready for it. The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is that successful people do all the things the unsuccessful people don’t want to do. When 10 doors are slammed in your face, go to door number 11 enthusiastically, with a smile on your face.” – John Paul DeJoria

“Personally, I’ve learned about perseverance: when you hear the word ‘No,’ and when you hear rejection, that it’s not always final. And that timing is everything, and you have to stay the course and just keep working hard and know that, when your time comes, that it will be sweet and that it will be the perfect time.” – Angela Robinson

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi

“People’s rejection can be God’s direction for you.” – Farshad Asl

“Successful people are not born with easy lives – they just don’t associate with rejection or obstacles.” – Unknown

“Those who rejected you were preparing you for those who would accept you” – Matshona Dhliwayo

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Rejection is God's Protection. Jamie Kern Lima

Love Rejection Quotes

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“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs

“Your soulmate is not the person who rejected you.” – Daniel V Chappell

“Your dear love, Bathsheba, is such a vast thing beside your pity that the loss of your pity as well as your love is no great addition to my sorrow, nor does the grain of your pity make it sensibly less.” – Thomas Hardy

“You’ve got to love this business. You have to be able to take rejection.” – Jessica Biel

“To live in a hallucination of being loved is more painful than rejection.” – Vinaya Panicker

“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”

“The sinner who suddenly realizes God’s love for him and then looks at his rejection of that love feels a loss similar to the death of a loved one. A deep void is created in the soul and a loneliness akin to the agony of death.” – Mother Angelica

“That fatal May morning when Geneviève murmured, ‘I love you, but I think I love Boris best,’ told on me at last. I had never imagined that it could become more than I could endure. Outwardly tranquil, I had deceived myself.” – Robert W. Chambers

“It’s easy to cry when you realize that everyone you love will reject you or die.” – Chuck Palahniuk

“If you aren’t ready for rejection, you aren’t ready for love.” – Marty Rubin

“I’d been rejected, but I was still in love, so I decided to start over.” – Steve Jobs

“I’ve been in love with you for ten years, so I thought it seemed like time to find out whether you felt the same about me. Which, I guess, you don’t.” – Cassandra Clare

“I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.” – Sylvia Plath

“Depression taught me how to love myself more than rejection ever could.” – Nitya Prakash

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

Being rejected has nothing to do with your worth. Read that again.

Funny Rejection Quotes

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“Rejection is the sand in the oyster, the irritation that ultimately produces the pearl.” – Burke Wilkinson

“You’ve got to really be able to accept the rejection.” – Barry Mann

“Real estate sales was perfect training for the experience to go into public life because you learn to accept rejection, learn to meet new people, learn to work with people and find common ground. That’s the way you sell houses… that’s also the way you win over constituency.” – Johnny Isakson

“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” – Swami Sivananda

“Sometimes I feel my whole life has been one big rejection.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Social rejection doesn’t just cause emotional pain; it affects our physical being.” – Leonard Mlodinow

“So stay positive and take rejection as an opportunity. Sometimes it is just like it’s not meant for you.” – Priya Alka

“Sherpas aren’t supposed to get altitude illness […]. Those who do become sick […] will often be blacklisted from future employment on expeditions.” – Jon Krakauer

“They must be considered as a whole; they must be accepted or rejected as a whole.” – Winston S. Churchill

“There’s nothing like rejection to make you do an inventory of yourself.” – James Lee Burke

“There was a great strain in our family because my father didn’t want anything to do with me. He was happy to see my brother and sister, but not me. I don’t know why. Maybe it was shame. I don’t know. But he never wanted anything to do with me. That rejection was terribly hurtful and it went on for years.” – Carol Vorderman

“Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.” – Jim Valvano

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

“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.” – Daniel H. Pink

“There will always be disappointments and rejection in this game but that’s part of the writing journey, and everyone’s journey is different.” – Sean Clarke


Sad Rejection Quotes

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“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

“Remember, the pain of rejection is nothing compared to the pain of regret.” – Matthew Hussey

“She gathers her papers and moves away as STEVE, arms still outstretched, turns toward the camera. His image is in black and white, and the grain is nearly broken. It looks like one of the pictures they use for psychological testing, or some strange beast, a monster.” – Walter Dean Myers

“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.” – Linus Pauling

“Literature simply becomes richer after you’ve been fired, rejected, stranded, or had to change a few midnight diapers.” – Christian Bauman

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll

“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

“Learn to eat rejection; it will make you stronger.” – Bob Ragland

“It is necessary to put yourself out for rejection, and accept that you will be rejected” – Robert Genn

“O you free spirits, they will mock you, malign you, reject you: it will only make you more independent.” – Marty Rubin

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn (see more quotes by Audrey Hepburn)

“The only thing that will help us move past the giant of rejection is to immerse ourselves in the acceptance of Christ.” – Louie Giglio

“The more I risk being rejected, the better my chances are of being accepted.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki

“Sometimes rejection in life is really redirection” – Tavis Smiley

“Misfortune is the best fortune. Rejection by all is victory.” – Vālmīki

“Today is the first of August. It is hot, steamy and wet. It is raining. I am tempted to write a poem. But I remember what it said on one rejection slip: ‘After a heavy rainfall, poems titled ‘Rain’ pour in from across the nation.’” – Sylvia Plath

“There is going to be a hundred thousand doors slammed in your face before one opens, so feel ok about taking rejection.” – Heather Matarazzo

“Olly’s rejection has made me feel like a little girl again. It reminded me why I stopped paying attention to the world before.” – Nicola Yoon

“Often, out of our greatest rejection comes our greatest direction.” – Joel Osteen

“Just because you are different does not mean that you have to be rejected.” – Eartha Kitt

“Learn to accept rejections.” – Stefy Anto

“There’s nothing as painful as rejection without correction. It’s like direction without destination.” – Kabelo Mabona

Often, rejcction is about the misalignment between you and others, not an indication of your worth or value.

Fear Of Rejection Quotes

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“Most fears of rejection rest on the desire for approval from other people. Don’t base your self-esteem on their opinions.” – Harvey Mackay

“Never fear rejection for a life of regretting.”

“Everyone fears rejection.” – Derek Jeter

“A man’s primary fantasy is access to a variety of attractive women without the fear of rejection.” – Warren Farrell

“Due to the trauma, we experience the fear of rejection, inadequacy, and/or the fear of powerlessness itself.” – Kenny Weiss

“I do not lack the courage to tell you how I feel. What I fear is how you will react to it.” – Bram Stoker

“I don’t regret anything I’ve ever done in life, any choice that I’ve made. But I’m consumed with regret for the things I didn’t do, the choices I didn’t make, the things I didn’t say. We spend so much time being afraid of failure, afraid of rejection. But regret is the thing we should fear most. Failure is an answer. Rejection is an answer. Regret is an eternal question you will never have the answer to. ‘What if . . .’ ‘If only . . .’ ‘I wonder what would have . . .’ You will never, never know, and it will haunt you for the rest of your days.” – Trevor Noah

“The better you are at communicating, negotiating, and handling fear of rejection, the easier life is.” – Robert Kiyosaki

“The fear of rejection is worse than rejection itself.” – Nora Profit

“When you give yourself permission to communicate what matters to you in every situation you will have peace despite rejection or disapproval. Putting a voice to your soul helps you to let go of the negative energy of fear and regret.” – Shannon L. Alder

“The greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity or power, but self-rejection.” – Henri Nouwen

“Just because you feel rejected or perceive rejection doesn’t mean you are really being rejected.” – Joyce Meyer

“It’s not easy. I got lots of rejections when I first started out. If you want to write, you have to believe in yourself and not give up. You have to do your best to practice and get better.” – Rick Riordan

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Francis of Assisi

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

“Realize your true strength when people reject you. In actual fact, they do not reject you. They only show you your real strength.” – Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“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

“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

Rejection doesn't have anything to do with you;
someone who decides that you're not worth the effort is deficient in something.

Overcoming Rejection Quotes

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“You will be the first to say that they wouldn’t be the people they are today without having to face rejection and decide whether to throw a towel or what else they need to try.” – Unknown

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” – Ralph Marston

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” – William Shakespeare

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

“You have to learn to take rejection not as an indication of personal failure but as a wrong address.” – Ray Bradbury

“The thing that stand-up does for you is that it toughens you up a bit as far as the business goes. It’s hard. If a joke doesn’t get a laugh, that’s instant rejection. And that’s mostly what this business is most of the time: a lot of rejection.” – Melissa Rauch

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

“Massive rejection is the right track to success.” – Benjamin Halpern

“Look at the rejection as an opportunity to prove to yourself that you can and will be successful.” – Jack Canfield

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle

“We are always afraid to ask because we aren’t afraid of the answer but the feeling of rejection.” – Anna R.

“What was this? Rejection? Was it really this tangible? All I could think about was that if I could be hurt like this then surely I could also cause it in others. This consoled me.”

“We all learn lessons in life. Some stick, some don’t. I have always learned more from rejection and failure than from acceptance and success.” – Henry Rollins

“You have to take all the rejections that life will throw at you. We do not grow in happiness, but we grow in sadness. Each rejection teaches us something new.” – Avijeet Das

Rejection only makes you smarter, sexier more strategic.

In Conclusion

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Which of these rejection quotes resonated with you best?

I hope this provided you with some inspiration to move forward from and pick yourself up from rejection.

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