140 Rejection Quotes To Overcome Disappointment

Looking for quotes to comfort you when you feel rejected? We have rounded up the best collection of rejection quotes, sayings, captions, status (with images and pictures) to inspire you have the courage to face the rejections which comes on your way in life and keep trying until you succeed.

Also See: Learning From Failure Quotes

Facing rejection at work or relationship is hard to handle. Being rejected is a sad feeling which makes us question our ability. Rejection is a form of not getting acceptance for what we do or who we are.

A denial or refusal to be accepted be it love relations, business, or a plan, is very disappointing. It may be heart-breaking or may even hurt your ego. But you should never take a rejection to your heart and feel discouraged.

Life is a series of wins and failures, similarly learn your mistakes from every rejection you face and move forward with an improved version of yourself. Though you might feel frustrated at times, never let these denials come in your way of progress.

We have divided these famous rejection quotes in these sections;

  • Rejection Quotes
  • Love Rejection Quotes
  • Overcoming Rejection Quotes
  • Funny Rejection Quotes

Also check our collection of overcoming failure quotes and powerful bounce back quotes to give you the adrenaline rush you need to work again on your dreams.

Rejection Quotes

  1. “Sadness is rejection.”

  2. “Rejection is a challenge.”― Veronica Purcell

  3. “Sometimes rejection in life is really redirection.”- Tavis Smiley                                       
    Rejection Quotes
    Rejection Quotes

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

  5. “If a circle shuts you out, draw a circle around it.”― Marty Rubin

  6. “I have learned not to allow rejection to move me.” – Cicely Tyson

  7. “Rejected pieces aren’t failures; unwritten pieces are.”- Greg Daugherty

  8. “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

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

  10. “If you live for people’s acceptance, you will die from their rejection.” –Lecrae                                                                                                                                                                       
    Quotes About Rejection
    Quotes About Rejection

  11. “Finish your race even if you must do it bruised and alone.”― Naide P Obiang

  12. “Reject your sense of injury, and the injury itself disappears.”- Marcus Aurelius

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

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

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

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

  17. “Rejection is merely a redirection; a course correction to your destiny.”- Bryant McGill

  18. “I always feel like rejection is my petrol. That’s what keeps me going.”- Laura Kightlinger

  19. “A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.” – Bo Bennett

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

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

  22. “I find rejection or failure to be a really interesting and valuable experience.” – Brian Grazer

  23. “Remember, the pain of rejection is nothing compared to the pain of regret.”- Matthew Hussey                                                                                                                         
    Rejection Quotes Images
    Rejection Quotes Images

  24. “There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr.

  25. “Rejection – and the fear of rejection – is the biggest impediment we face to choosing ourselves.”

  26. “I could have maybe accepted your rejection, but you didn’t even care to give me an explanation.”

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

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

  29. “Friendship was a concept men bandied about to save face when they were rejected.”― Courtney Milan

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

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

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

  33. “If you aren’t mad about the rejection, you didn’t invest enough into the process.”― Darnell Lamont Walker

  34. “Human beings, like plants, grow in the soil of acceptance, not in the atmosphere of rejection.”- John Powell

  35. “Some people are going to reject you simply because you shine too bright for them. That’s okay, keep shining!”                                                                                                     
    Rejection Quotes To Comfort You
    Rejection Quotes To Comfort You

  36. “But there’s only so much rejection you can take before you finally give up and stop trying.”― Brigid Kemmerer

  37. “If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” – Henry David Thoreau

  38. “If you’re betrayed, release disappointment at once. By that way, the bitterness has no time to take root.” ― Toba Beta

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

  40. “You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”- Walt Disney

  41. “Don’t loose your hope until you get rejected, because once you loose your respect you will get rejected.”― Allan Bridjith

  42. “Every time I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being redirected to something better.” – Steve Maraboli                                                                                         
    Rejection Quotes for Him
    Rejection Quotes for Him

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

  44. “Do not waste yourself in rejection; do not bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

  47. “We don’t stop liking our friends when they lose their job, get rejected, or gain weight, so why do we stop liking ourselves?” ― Unknown

  48. “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

  49. “A boo is a lot louder than a cheer. If you have 10 people cheering and one person booing, all you hear is the booing.”- Lance Armstrong

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

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

  52. “Self rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the Beloved.”- Henri J.M. Nouwen

  53. “Artistic rejection is like taking cod liver oil; they say it’s good for you, you know they’re right, but it can be still tough to swallow.”- Ian Semple

  54. “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

  55. “Many days you will want to give up because of rejections and failures. Passion to be an artist will help you prevail where others fail.”― Jack While

  56. “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

  57. “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

  58. “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

  59. “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

  60. “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

  61. “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

  62. “Never forget every rejection, every insult, every time they judge you, every time they doubt, every stab in the back and every shade they throw. Forgive but don’t forget. Let them feel better about themselves now because they’ll remember everything they did when you finally make it.”

  63. “REJECTION is neither an indication of value or talent. Remember that. If you believe in what you have to offer, then don’t stop offering it simply because some of those you offer it to reject it. Many people are simply not very good at recognizing talent or value. it doesn’t mean you won’t eventually find an audience that will.” – Zero Dean

  64. “Positive side of a rejection: You will get to know that you are not a piece of cake for the person who rejected you. Living with someone who can never love you back is not worthy. Secondly, now you have more choices available. Thirdly, now you are having more time to focus on your life. Lastly, your ego will be broken, you know you have to improve a lot.” – Unknown

Love Rejection Quotes

Is your love one sided or have you been rejected by your crush? It is not easy to overcome rejection in love. But we cannot deny that rejection is a part of life. We need to learn to get mentally strong and tackle our emotions properly rather than running away from it.

Also See: Sad Crush Quotes

It also hurts a lot when we face rejection in friendships or other relationships. Instead of getting offended and ruining the friendship one should try and know the reason for rejection by your friend. Be sensible and have a mature conversation with them.

Also check our collection on sad friendship quotes  and one sided friendship quotes about broken or lost friendship which mattered you a lot.

  1. “It hurts because it mattered.”

  2. “Learn to accept rejections.” – Stefy Anto

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

  4. “Rejection gives you more power to push forward.”- Jeremy Limn

  5. “A clear rejection is always better than a fake promise.”- Zig Ziglar
    Crush Rejection Quotes
    Crush Rejection Quotes

  6. “Human rejection can be God’s divine protection.” – Paula Hendricks

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

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

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

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

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

  12. “Acceptance, under someone else’s terms, is worse than rejection.”- Mary Cassatt

  13. “I am good at walking away. Rejection teaches you how to reject.” – Jeanette Winterson

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

  15. “The effects of rejection can either kill your muse or change your life.”- Jane Champagne                                                                                                                                               
    Motivational Rejection Quotes
    Motivational Rejection Quotes

  16. “Depression taught me how to love myself more than rejection ever could.”― Nitya Prakash                                                                                                                               
    Dealing With Rejection Quotes
    Dealing With Rejection Quotes

  17. “A man who rejects you is simply clearing the way for the One you deserve.”― Naide P Obiang

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

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

  20. “Every broken heart has screamed at one time or another, “I want to know why!”― Shannon L. Alder

  21. “Rejection isn’t a sign that something is wrong for you it’s a sign that they’re wrong for you.”- Sonya Parker

  22. “If rejection destroys your self-esteem, you’re letting others hold you as an emotional hostage.”- Brian Tracy

  23. “Rejection is not someone wanting you out of their life. Rejection is someone that wanted out of your future.”

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

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

  26. “Do not worry when rejected by mankind. If you return to God, your righteous Maker will receive you.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

  27. “Don’t feel bad if someone rejects you or ignore you. People usually reject and ignore expensive things because they can’t afford them.”

  28. “His proposal rejected… But friendship amplified… Love remains intact, but the way changed…And his negligence defines her care…” – Unknown

  29. “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

  30. “To get rejected so vehemently Over and over again Until some said it was the rejection I was after No it wasn’t I wanted the intensity that you sometimes promised.”― Dorothea Lasky

  31. “If you’re rejected, ACCEPT. If you feel unloved, LET GO. If they choose someone or something over you, MOVE ON. REMEMBER THAT, in every NO from someone is a YES to someone better.”

  32. “A boy proposed to a girl, she rejected. He was not sad. His friends asked him why he didn’t feel sad. Boy: Why should I be sad? I have lost someone who didn’t love me. But she’s lost someone who loved her.”― Unknown

  33. “Why do we afraid of rejection in relationship? Just because we like her/him and we afraid that they will not accept us. Don’t be afraid just tell them what you feel for them because one they got someone much better than you then you will surely blame yourself for it.”― Unknown

  34. “One sided love is a pain. He used to look at, follow her, he had a huge crush on her, his heartbeat dripped when he saw her. Finally he proposed, she rejected. Slowly he realized and heart beat came normal but when he saw her with another boy, heart just exploded with pain.”― Unknown

Overcoming Rejection Quotes

Be it any part of your life, work, sports, fitness, relationships, falling short of your goal or getting rejected is something which can happen. But the feeling of rejection should not consume you and demotivate you from moving forward.

Also See: How to Overcome Pain Quotes

Life is all about exploring and taking chances in life. These inspirational comeback quotes and sayings will encourage you to gather all your inner strength, determination, courage, and willpower to change the game and come out as a winner.

  1. “Never fear rejection for a life of regretting.”

  2. “The most powerful motivation is rejection.”

  3. “Successful people reject rejection.” – John C. Maxwell                                                                       
    Rejection Inspirational Quotes
    Rejection Inspirational Quotes

  4. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

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

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

  7. “Each rejection brings us closer to acceptance.”- Ramesh Lohia

  8. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

  11. “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”- Og Mandino

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

  13. “Work like hell! I had 122 rejection slips before I sold a story.”- F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

  15. “If at first you think it’s rejection, it’s probably actually newfound freedom.” – Emilyann Allen

  16. “I really wish I was less of a thinking man and more of a fool not afraid of rejection.” – Billy Joel

  17. “If you aren’t getting rejected on a daily basis, your goals aren’t ambitious enough.”― Chris Dixon

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

  19. “A rejection may cause pain. However, it’s not a failure; it shows the reality and other ways too.” – Ehsan Sehgal

  20. “Every rejection is incremental payment on your dues that in some way will be translated back into your work.”- James Lee Burke

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

  22. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali

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

  24. “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

  25. “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

  26. “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

  27. “My advice to everybody – never give up and have great resiliency. Don’t take the rejection personally, but listen if it’s intelligent and make changes if they’re needed and then move forward.”- Sherry Lansing

  28. “Rejection can disappoint you, depress you and may even stop you in your tracks… learn not to take rejection so personally… if you’re honest with yourself and believe in your work, others will too.”- Bev Jozwiak

  29. “You need to develop, somehow, a huge amount of faith and confidence in yourself, because there’s a lot of rejection throughout life and you have to believe in yourself more than anyone else.” – Stephen Collins

  30. “Dear to us are those who love us but dearer are those who reject us as unworthy, for they add another life; they build a heaven before us whereof we had not dreamed, and thereby supply to us new powers out of the recesses of the spirit.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  31. “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.”- Tama J. Kieves

  32. “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn

  33. “You must learn how to handle rejection. To succeed, you must learn how to cope with a little word ‘no’, learn how to strip that rejection of all its power. The best salesmen are those who are rejected most. They are the ones who can take any ‘no’ and use it as a prod to go onto the next ‘yes’.”- Tony Robbins

  34. “It is not rejection itself that people fear, it is the possible consequences of rejection. Preparing to accept those consequences and viewing rejection as a learning experience that will bring you closer to success, will not only help you to conquer the fear of rejection, but help you to appreciate rejection itself.”- Robert Foster Bennett

  35. “The biggest hurdle is rejection. Any business you start, be ready for it. The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is the successful people do all the things 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

Funny Rejection Quotes

Don’t forget to also check out these never give up quotes to motivate you during adverse times when you feel defeated in life.

  1. “Every time you get rejected, say: ‘NEXT!’.” – Mark Victor Hansen

  2. “At least you’re as thin as the college rejection letters you’re receiving.”

  3. “For a man to truly understand rejection, he must first be ignored by a cat.”

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

  5. “Actors search for rejection. If they don’t get it they reject themselves.”- Charlie Chaplin

  6. “Rejection does not mean everything ends… Rejection mean that you can try on someone else…”

  7. “Why do they call it a CRUSH? Because that’s how you feel when they don’t feel the same way in return.”

  8. “Don’t be upset when people reject you. Nice things are rejected all the time by people who can’t afford them.”

  9. “I take rejection as someone blowing a bugle in my ear to wake me up and get going, rather than retreat.”- Sylvester Stallone

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

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Read on to find these encouraging words of wisdom about being rejected that will motivate you to keep hustling in building your business, leading your life, creating success, achieving your goals, and overcoming your fears to do anything you set your mind to.

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