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Failure And Rejection Quotes


"Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding." - Jim Valvano

"Attitude, humor and action (persistence) will whip fears and rejection. Fear of failure doesn't exist, if you believe it doesn't." - Jeffrey Gitomer

"Rejection is a gift and failure is the best educator, so when someone knocks you down, get back up!" - Kathy Ireland

"To try to write better than you do now is to risk rejection and failure. But not to risk those things in an insult to yourself, to other writers, and to your readers." - LouAnne Johnson

"The joy of art is particularly sweet, though, because it carries with it the threat of rejection, of failure, and of missed connections. It's precisely the high-wire act of "this might not work" that makes original art worth doing." - Seth Godin

"Learn from the rejection and turn it into an opportunity!" - Mary Engelbreit

"When new pages are sent to editors and see rejection, we should ask for the reasons. We must study the reasons for failure and learn. It's not about struggle with our limitations or with public or the publishers. It's more about treating it like in aikido; the strength of the attack is used to defeat him with the same effort." - Jean Giraud

"Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure. As you follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty, study thoughtfully but write boldly. Then, like the hero of the fable, your dance will dazzle the world." - Robert Mckee

"The recurring theme which predisposes people to depression is rejection and lack of self-esteem." - Richard Winters

"To be successful you have to deal with CRAP. Criticism, Rejection, Assholes and Pressure." - Ryan Blair

"To judge individuals before understanding them is a form of human rejection and feeds upon itself." - Stephen Covey

"After rejection - misery, then thoughts of revenge, and finally, oh well, another try elsewhere." - Mason Cooley

"To ward off a feeling of failure, she joked that she could wallpaper her bathroom with rejection slips, which she chose not to see as messages to stop, but rather as tickets to the game." - Anita Shreve

"Rejection reveals your character." - Robert G Allen

"Dreams require down payments. Dreams are free, but the journey isn't. There is a price to pay. First, you must pay the price of dealing with criticism from people who matter. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, 'Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.' Second, you must pay the price of overcoming your fears. Failure, rejection, and looking foolish are common fears - but they are just feelings that can be conquered and removed from your thoughts. Finally, you must be willing to pay the price of hard work in order to realize your dream." - John C Maxwell

"I pray that former rejection and deep hurts will not color what I see and hear now." - Sue Augustine

"When air is charged with emotions, an attempt to teach is often perceived as a form of judgment and rejection." - Stephen Covey

"I've had a lot of failures as well and rejection. As actor, it's actually mostly rejection but people think it's mostly success because they only see your successes - the films that get made." - Emma Roberts

"I think everyone in the world to a large or small extent has felt rejection. And with rejection comes anger, and with anger some kind of crime in revenge for the rejection, and with the crime guilt- and there is the story of mankind." - John Steinbeck

"Failure is an event, not a person. Think of failure as 'it' and not 'me'." - Jeffrey Gitomer

"Success and happiness spring from facing failure after failure with enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill

"Both half success and half failure must be considered as a full failure!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"This idea that failure is not an option: It makes failure invisible, inconceivable and inevitable." - Rory Stewart

"Success attracts success and failure attracts failure because of the law of harmonious attraction." - Napoleon Hill

"Success and failure are both difficult to endure. Along with success come drugs, divorce, fornication, bullying, travel, meditation, medication, depression, neurosis and suicide. With failure comes failure." - Joseph Heller

"Failure is awesome. Failure means you tried something, you tested it, and you learned some things. Failure gives you the tools to move forward." - Leah Busque

"Don't permit fear of failure to prevent effort. We are all imperfect and will fail on occasions, but fear of failure is the greatest failure of all." - John Wooden

"Fogg states that all humans are motivated to seek pleasure and avoid pain; to seek hope and avoid fear; and finally, to seek social acceptance and avoid rejection" - Nir Eyal

"Success is not forever and failure isn't fatal." - Don Francis

"Success doesn't make you and failure doesn't break you." - Zig Ziglar

"Sheer persistence is the difference between success and failure." - Donald Trump

"Failure and success are not accidents, but the strictest justice." - Alexander Smith

"I hate failure and I am in love with achievement." - Lil Wayne

"Let's try and fail because through failure you learn" - Jared Leto

"Success is not forever, and failure is never final." - Don Shula

"Failure comes part and parcel with invention. It's not optional." - Jeff Bezos

"Success is never permanent, and failure is never final." - Mike Ditka

"Do' hide love. If you feel it, express it-not to demand that others love you back, but simply to live outwardly the best of what you feel inwardly. The worst that can happen to your heart is not rejection by another person but failure to act on the love you feel." - Martha Beck

"Despair, feeding, as it always does, on phantasmagoria, is imperturbably leading literature to the rejection, en masse, of all divine and social laws, towards practical and theoretical evil." - Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont

"Vanity, wounded pride, rejection, self-delusion. I could recite a litany of little pinpricks that finally produce a gaping wound. That's how marriages and friendships come apart." - Helen Van Slyke

"Rejection is, of course, part of any successful model's career, as ironic as that sounds. It's how you pick yourself up and get on with the job." - Erin O'Connor

"My parents didnt want me to be an actor. They didnt think I could take the rejection, and I have to say they were probably right." - Rupert Penry-Jones

"Creativity is dangerous. We cannot open ourselves to new insights without endangering the security of our prior assumptions. We cannot propose new ideas without risking disapproval and rejection." - Robert Grudin

"I wrote for twelve years and collected 250 rejection slips before getting any fiction published, so I guess outside reinforcement isn't all that important to me." - Lisa Alther

"I really believe that entrepreneurship is about being able to face failure, manage failure and succeed after failing." - Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

"The only real failure is the failure to try, and the measure of success is how we cope with disappointment." - Deborah Moggach

"Sometimes rejection in life is really redirection." - Tavis Smiley

"Humankind can tolerate only so much rejection." - William Boyd

"I feel that marriage can lead to the ultimate rejection and failure and divorce and things we all fear." - Mike Birbiglia

"Failure to spend the [presentation] time wisely and well, failure to educate, entertain, elucidate, enlighten, and most important of all, failure to maintain attention and interest should be punishable by stoning. There is no excuse for tedium." - Jay H. Lehr

"Failure is a part of life and you have to learn to deal with it. Failure is something that is part of life's cycle and it's from failure that you gain life experience." - Colin Powell

"Thoughts of doubt and fear are pathways to failure. When you conquer negative attitudes of doubt and fear you conquer failure." - Bryan Adams

"Trust is equal parts character and competence... You can look at any leadership failure, and it's always a failure of one or the other." - Stephen Covey

"Much of life is about failure, whether we acknowledge it or not, and your destiny is profoundly shaped by how effectively you learn from and adapt to failure." - David Brooks

"Failure is a badge of honor. It means you risked failure. And if you don't risk failure, you're never going to do anything that's different from what you've already done or what somebody else has done." - Charlie Kaufman

"Failure is a badge of honor. It means you risked failure. And if you do' risk failure, you're never going to do anything that's different from what you"ve already done or what somebody else has done." - Charlie Kaufman

"After all perhaps the greatness of art lies in the perpetual tension between beauty and pain, the love of men and the madness of creation, unbearable solitude and the exhausting crowd, rejection and consent." - Albert Camus

"All rejection and negation indicates a deficiency in fertility: fundamentally, if only we were good plowland we would allow nothing to go unused, and in every thing, event, and person we would welcome manure, rain, or sunshine." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"There are two wrong reactions to a rejection slip: deciding it's a final judgment on your story and/or talent, and deciding it's no judgment on your story and/or talent." - Nancy Kress

"The unfulfilling job is not the failure; not pursuing your dreams is the real failure. Developing a vision requires conquering your fears and finding motivation from within." - Peter Murphy

"Failure is information-we label it failure, but it's more like, 'This didn't work, I'm a problem solver, and I'll try something else.'" - Carol S. Dweck

"When we let others control us by the threat of disapproval and rejection, we give up far too much of ourselves and make it impossible for us to engage in authentic relationships." - George Robinson

"Science is a set of methods designed to describe and interpret observed or inferred phenomenon, past or present, and aimed at building a testable body of knowledge open to rejection or confirmation." - Michael Shermer

"Acting forces you to ask yourself, 'Can my constitution take a decade of constant rejection?' And after ten years, you either make it or you don't. And the problem is they don't tell you in advance." - Camryn Manheim

"But when the group is literally capable of changing our perceptions, and when to stand alone is to activate primitive, powerful, and unconscious feelings of rejection, then the health of these institutions seems far more vulnerable than we think." - Susan Cain

"Do not to take everything personally or so seriously, because sometimes you're just not right for a particular job. You have to be able to take rejection quickly and honestly, know what you need to work on, and move on." - Kellee Stewart

"Don't be a cynic, and bewail and bemoan. Omit the negative propositions. Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good. Set down nothing that will help somebody." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Failure and setbacks and struggles are where all the good stuff happens." - Teri McKeever

"A leader should have higher endurance and ability to accept and embrace failure." - Jack Ma

"You become strong by defying defeat and by turning loss into gain and failure to success." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"It is only through failure and through experiment that we learn and grow." - Isaac Stern

"To recognize an opportunity and use it is the difference between success and failure." - Anonymous

"Failure instructs, failure improves. Failure shouldn't deter you." - Tucker Max

"Sensitivity to the immense needs of humanity brings with it a spontaneous rejection of the arms race, which is incompatible with the all out struggle against hunger, sickness, under-development and illiteracy." - Pope John Paul Ii

"There are countless ways of achieving greatness, but any road to achieving one's maximum potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocrity." - Buck Rodgers

"Since God intends to make you like Jesus, he will take you through the same experiences Jesus went through. That includes loneliness, temptation, stress, criticism, rejection, and many other problems." - Rick Warren

"Hungry not only for bread - but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing - but naked of human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a home of bricks - but homeless because of rejection." - Mother Teresa

"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." - Georgette Mosbacher

"I'm against eating a human being alive - I don't do it. Somebody might make cannibalism jokes and laugh it off like it's nothing. I don't agree with that. I want to proclaim a rejection of cannibalism." - John Maus

"When you make a mistake or get ridiculed or rejected, look at mistakes as learning experiences, and ridicule as ignorance. Look at rejection as part of one performance, not as a turn down of the performer." - Denis Waitley

"The environmentalist's dream is an egalitarian society based on: rejection of economic growth, a smaller population, eating lower on the food chain, consuming a lot less, and sharing a much lower level of resources much more equally." - Aaron Wildavsky

"For Christians, the problem is not how to reconcile homosexuality with scriptural passages that condemn it, but how to reconcile the rejection and punishment of homosexuals with the love of Christ." - William Sloane Coffin

"The artist committing himself to his calling has volunteered for hell, whether he knows it or not. He will be dining for the duration on a diet of isolation, rejection, self-doubt, despair, ridicule, contempt, and humiliation." - Steven Pressfield

"By the time I was fourteen the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing." - Stephen King

"Religion is not a matter of God, church, holy cause, etc. These are but accessories. The source of religious preoccupation is in the self, or rather the rejection of the self. Dedication in the obverse side of self-rejection. Man alone is a religious animal because, as Montaigne points out, it is a malady confined to man, and not seen in any other creature, to hate and despise ourselves." - Eric Hoffer

"The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action." - Alexander Graham Bell

"Failure make people bitter and cruel. Success improves the character of the man." - W Somerset Maugham

"You can only really learn from failure ... To win, you need to fail, and fail hard." - Aisha Tyler

"Show me a completely contented person and I'll show you a failure." - Thomas A Edison

"Failure leaves open a door for us to try, and try again." - Robert M. Hensel

"The void created by the failure to communicate is soon filled with poison, drivel and misrepresentation." - C Northcote Parkinson

"Plan and execute your first failure so that you no longer have to fear it." - John C Maxwell

"There is one guaranteed formula for failure, and that is to try to please everyone." - Will Rogers

"It is curious how vanity helps the successful man and wrecks the failure." - Oscar Wilde

"Speciesism: A failure, in attitude or practice, to accord any nonhuman being equal consideration and respect" - Joan Dunayer

"Failure happened. The trick was to accept the risk and try anyway." - Ilona Andrews

"The difference between success and failure is often about 5% more effort." - S Truett Cathy

"Success is generally due to holding on, and failure to letting go." - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

"Evil is simply a grammatical error: a failure to leap the precipice between "he" and "I." - Linda Pastan

"There is nothing that teaches you more than regrouping after failure and moving on." - Charles Bukowski

"There's only one thing that can guarantee our failure, and that's if we quit." - Craig Breedlove

"Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy." - Winston Churchill

"Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure." - Thomas Edison

"The hopeful man sees success where others see failure, sunshine where others see shadows and storm." - Orison Swett Marden

"When your goal is to gain experience, perspective, and knowledge, failure is no longer a possibility" - Sophia Amoruso

"Failure is not having the courage to try, nothing more and nothing less." - Robin S. Sharma

"I need people who look at adversity as a challenge and failure as a learning opportunity." - John Calipari

"You cannot grow and expand your capabilities without running the risk of failure." - Dean Karnazes

"If I could go back and give myself advice, it would be to embrace failure." - Mary Sue Milliken

"Ryanair's biggest achievement? Bringing low fares to Europe and still lowering em. Biggest failure? Hiring me." - Michael O'Leary

"Meet your failure nobly, and it will not differ from success." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"She knows there's no success like failure, and that failure's no success at all." - Bob Dylan

"I'm never a failure, unless I quit trying, and neither are you." - Joyce Meyer

"Mastery is a journey, and that the master must have the courage to risk failure." - George Leonard

"Show me a satisfied man, and I'll show you a failure." - Albert Einstein

"If your goals are ambitious and crazy enough, even failure will be a pretty good achievement." - Laszlo Bock

"Enjoy failure and learn from it. You never learn from success." - James Dyson

"Lamon, that speech won't scour. It is a flat failure and the people are disappointed." - Abraham Lincoln

"I think the two most difficult things to deal with in life are failure and success" - David Lee Roth

"The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same." - Colin Davis

"Show me a gracious loser and I'll show you a failure." - Knute Rockne

"Cooking is one failure after another, and that's how you finally learn." - Julia Child

"Success is never final and failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts." - Jules Ellinger

"The distance between success and failure can only be measured by one's desire." - Anonymous

"Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners." - Robert Kiyosaki

"Often, out of our greatest rejection comes our greatest direction." - Joel Osteen

"Being overly sensitive to rejection can become a destructive virus." - Robert Herjavec

"Authors always take rejection badly. They equate it with infanticide." - P D James

"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

"I was learning the craft; I didn't study writing in school. Rejection was my motivation, and failure is what taught me." - Pierce Brown

"Give rejection the finger, and rejection gives it back." - Kevin Dutton

"I've never considered failure." - Jennifer Lawrence

"success is 99% failure" - Henry Ford

"Failure: the renewable resource." - Kay Ryan

"Form follows failure." - Henry Petroski

"Reward worthy failure - Experimentation." - Bill Gates

"Everything has a price, including both success and failure. Choose either one and be prepared to pay the price." - Larry Winget

"The war on drugs has been a social and political failure. We need to encourage sport and stop encouraging drugs." - Steven Machat

"How working for the wrong motives poisons our creativity and warps our ideas of success and failure." - Ray Bradbury

"Instead of being afraid of the challenge and failure, be afraid of avoiding the challenge and doing nothing" - Soichiro Honda

"When we are confronted by failure and mistakes, we can leave them behind and go on with our lives." - Benjamin Carson

"Be prepared to ride the cycles and trends of life; success is never permanent, and failure is never final." - Brian Tracy

"It's through discipline and tremendous disappointment and failure that you arrive at what it is you must paint." - Agnes Martin

"The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing it exactly right." - Edward Simmons

"Some authorities believe that one prosperous thought is more powerful than a thousand failure thoughts; and that two prosperous attitudes steadily held and expressed are more powerful than ten thousand failure attitudes!" - Catherine Ponder

"The more congenial page of some tenth-rate poeticule worn out with failure after failure and now squat in his hole like the tailless fox, he is curled up to snarl and whimper beneath the inaccessible vine of song." - Algernon Charles Swinburne

"I train so hard to make sure failure doesn't happen. If I do everything I can, and run as fast as I possibly can and someone still beats me, I don't think of that as failure." - Marion Jones

"There are moments in business and in life when you have to say, "Failure is not an option."" - Donny Deutsch

"We have history as a guide, and history suggests that this brand of comprehensive reform ... is a recipe for failure." - David Vitter

"The War on Drugs has been an utter failure. We need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws." - Barack Obama



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