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AnonymousI’m busy right now, can I ignore you some other time?

—  Anonymous

Ralph Waldo EmersonDon't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Steve JobsGetting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

—  Steve Jobs, 1955-2011, American businessman

Sylvia PlathI love my rejection slips. They show me I try.

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

Arthur SchopenhauerAll truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Ayn RandMen who reject the responsibility of thought and reason can only exist as parasites on the thinking of others.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Samuel JohnsonYour manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

La RochefoucauldMediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Samuel BeckettDon't touch me! Don't question me! Don't speak to me! Stay with me!

—  Samuel Beckett, 1906-1989, Irish writer, Nobel 1969

Sigmund FreudConscience is the internal perception of the rejection of a particular wish operating within us.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Sigmund FreudWhat progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Latin Quotes

Gospel of JohnDo not touch me.

Noli me tangere.

—  Gospel of John ‐ 20:17

     (from the Vulgate; words of Jesus to Mary Magdalene after his resurrection.)


Funny Quotes

Sam GoldwynI can answer you in two words: im-possible!

—  Sam Goldwyn, 1879-1974, American film producer

Stupid Quotes

We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.

—  Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962

NapoleonYou would make a ship sail against the winds and currents by lighting a bonfire under her decks? I have no time for such nonsense.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

     (rejecting the idea of a steamboat)

Movie Quotes

Cabin in the Cotton (1932)I'd like to kiss ya, but I just washed ma hair.

—  from the film Cabin in the Cotton (1932)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)On second thought, let's not go to Camelot. It is a silly place.

—  from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)


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