Rejection hurts, especially when it comes from a close friend or family member. No one wants to be rejected. Even if we try to avoid rejection, there is no way we can always succeed in corralling it since rejection is part of life. Rejection can happen for so many reasons ranging from getting rejected by a stranger (e.g., being passed over for a job promotion) to not receiving invitations to our best friend’s wedding.
The feeling of being rejected is a universal experience. As Thomas Edison said: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” And it affects us in some parts of our lives. We can feel rejected as kids in high school or college as we try to find a social group, professionally when trying to get a raise at work or a new job, and even romantically when trying to find a partner. It’s an essential part of learning that helps us grow and teaches us about what we want and what we don’t want.
These rejection hurts quotes help give expression to this painful emotion that affects us so profoundly and might even motivate you not to give up despite that.
Rejection Hurts Quotes
Rejection hurts, sure! But it’s that pain which drives you to succeed and persevere. It’s that elation of finally finding someone to appreciate your work, in the form of a customer or a client, who gives you their trust. It makes it worth it at the end.
1. Rejection doesn’t have to be the end of your story. Learn from it and build something even better.
2. Rejection hurts, but how you handle it determines how well you come out of the deal.
3. Rejection does a lot of damage to the soul, and we have to learn how to cope when it happens.
4. Rejection hurts. The sooner you accept that fact, the sooner you can move on.
5. Rejection hurts, but have no fear! There’s plenty of good stuff to come out of it.
6. Rejection is painful. But it’s so much more painful if you can’t learn from it and if you feel broken over it.
7. Rejection is not a competition. It doesn’t matter if you lose or win. It’s important that you try. Remember that everyone is going through their own life, and things will work out in their own way.
8. Rejection can be overwhelming. Here are some ways to move forward, no matter what.
9. It is a painful process. If you can’t bear to read this, please don’t feel bad or ashamed. Sometimes rejection feels better than being hurt again.
10. It hurts to be rejected. It’s human nature; we want to be accepted and loved for who we are. But if you do get rejected, it doesn’t mean everything is lost; take the time to let your ego mend by reflecting on the good things about yourself and moving on.
11. I have learned that it hurts when you are rejected. It hurts more than when you get rejected for a job you wanted.
12. Getting rejected is a part of life. But getting rejected by someone you care about is a lot harder to deal with.
13. It hurts to be rejected. You want someone to like you and see you for who you are. But when they don’t, it can be hard to swallow. We don’t need anyone to tell us how “badly we messed up.”
14. We have all been there and had that moment where you think you’ve nailed it. And then someone tells you they don’t like it. It hurts.
15. Rejection hurts, no matter how you slice it. You can’t always control the outcome of an interview, and the reason for rejection may not have anything to do with you personally — but that doesn’t make it easier to process.
16. Rejection hurts. It can be humiliating, embarrassing and downright upsetting. But when you are rejected by someone who doesn’t want to see you anyway, it’s especially cruel.
17. Rejection is hard, and it hurts. But if you keep your head up, you’ll be able to succeed in life.
18. Rejection is hard for everyone. Just remember—life is hard sometimes.
19. Rejection hurts. It can make us feel like we’re nothing—like there’s no point in trying, that we’ll always be rejected, that we’re not worthy of love. But not trying is the worst choice we could ever make.
20. Rejection’s something you have to deal with. It can be hard on the ego, but it’s not bad for your self-esteem if you keep going.
21. Rejection is tough. It’s as if someone is saying you’re not good enough, even though deep down, you know you’re great.
22. It hurts when you don’t get the job, but what hurts more is that the rejection doesn’t last.
23. Don’t let rejection stop you. It’s just a sign that you’re on the right track and will make you stronger as an artist and a person.
24. Being sad and upset is okay when you get rejected. It even helps to write about it because it helps you learn from the experience.
25. I’ve had my share of rejection. But it won’t define me because I don’t let it! In fact, I learned from each of them how to be stronger and more resilient. If you haven’t experienced rejection yet, then try not to dwell on negative thoughts like: “I’m not good enough,” “I can never do that again,” or “This is all my fault.”
26. Embrace the pain of rejection, learn from it and move on.
27. I know the feeling. Pressing the snooze button is no fun, but it’s better than the alternative—feeling like you’re losing control and not being able to get out of bed in the morning.
28. Rejection hurts, but rejection is never personal. So check your ego at the door and start working on your next business proposal.
29. Rejection hurts. It can feel like a punch in the gut. But it’s ok to feel sadness, anger or fear after you’ve been rejected. The world didn’t end, and you won’t be alone on this journey.
30. Rejection sucks. It hurts, and it hurts way more when you’re on a professional level because that’s what you’ve been working for.
31. Rejection is a healthy part of life. It forces us to change, adapt, and grow.
32. Rejection is a part of life. In fact, it’s the part of life that makes you the best person you can be.
33. Rejection is hard. Because we want to be accepted by others, but sometimes that doesn’t always work out. And the feeling of rejection is painful. But here’s something you should know: it can be a gift if you let it be.
34. Rejection happens to everyone, including you. It sucks. But don’t let it destroy your confidence and self-esteem, especially on a social media platform that is full of snarky strangers.
35. It’s okay to feel rejected. Rejection hurts and can have a devastating effect on your self-esteem. It’s important to realize that rejection isn’t always your fault and learn from it instead of letting it define you.
36. The truth is rejection stings. But it’s not the end of the world. Learn from your mistakes and keep going!
37. A rejection hurts. It can cause you to feel sad and depressed. But try not to let it get the best of you; there are things you can do in difficult situations, like keeping a positive attitude, letting go of hurt feelings, and finding new friends and activities.
38. The pain of rejection can be difficult to handle, but it’s important to remember that your future self will be stronger for the experience.
39. Being rejected hurts. But it’s just a part of life. Don’t let it crush you or bring you down. You’re stronger than that because you’re better than that.
40. When we feel rejected, we don’t know if it’s because of our own personal inadequacies or someone else’s. Whatever the reason, rejection is always painful.
41. It’s easy to put yourself down when you get rejected but believe in yourself and keep pushing forward.
42. Rejection hurts. Not getting what you want is never easy for anyone. But when it happens, it’s often because your voice didn’t be heard.
43. Rejection hurts, but you can learn from it. You don’t have to be perfect to succeed in life. Just remember: There will always be more work to do.
44. Rejection does hurt, but it can be overcome. If you’re feeling down or not sure what to do, reach out to someone. It will help you stay positive and make it through the day.
45. Rejection hurts. No matter how strong and thick you build your walls, you will eventually get knocked down. And then what?
46. Rejection hurts. It’s hard to deal with when you’re young, and it doesn’t get any easier as you get older. It’s impossible to avoid, but there are ways to minimize the sting and make a heart-to-heart talk with your crush at least once a week.
47. Rejection hurts, but it is not the end of the world.
48. Rejection is never fun. If you feel there is no chance of being accepted by someone, then be gracious and move on. Do not give up on yourself because of one negative experience.
49. It’s okay to be sad when someone rejects you. Rejection hurts, but it is a normal part of life. You don’t need to be happy about it, but don’t let the hurt take over your life. Be okay with being single because life goes on!
50. I’m not saying that being rejected doesn’t hurt, but let me tell you something. It’s a lot easier to deal with it when you know what you did wrong.
51. When you’re trying to make something, but someone tells you no, it can feel like a rejection. But rejection is part of the process, and you can’t let it stop you.
52. When you get rejected from a job, it hurts. But when you get rejected by someone, who’s the one that leaves?
53. No one likes to feel rejected, but you might have to make the hard choice when your dream is living in somebody else’s reality.
54. It’s easy to get past a rejection—but it takes courage to keep pushing forward.
55. No matter how much you’ve been rejected in the past, if you keep doing what you’re doing and be true to yourself, one day (hopefully) the right person will see your talent and see that you’re worth investing in.
56. It’s easy to get bogged down by life’s challenges, but remember that you are enough.
57. Rejection hurts, but it doesn’t have to stop you. Don’t let the world’s opinion of you make or break you.
58. Rejection hurts, but it’s a part of life and something that you have to get over.
59. Rejection hurts. But remember that it’s just one of the many things in life that will make you stronger, better, and more resilient.
60. Rejection hurts. It’s a normal part of life, but it doesn’t need to be so hard on you. I’ll tell you how.
61. Rejection hurts, but so does keeping your mouth shut when you know you can help someone else. Be a listener, not a talker.
62. Rejection hurts. But it’s okay. We’re all human, and rejection is part of life. Sometimes you’ll get asked out, and other times, your friends will need a friend to tell them that they’re not ready for their crush to be more than a crush. Accepting that this is normal is the first step towards getting over rejection and moving on with your life.
63. Rejection is a part of life, and it hurts. But you can get through it by remembering this one thing: You never give up on yourself.
64. Rejection is a lesson in humility. It doesn’t matter if you were rejected by somebody once or a thousand times or whether it was your first time or your last time. Rejection is valuable because it teaches you what not to do.
65. The truth is that any time you lose, it hurts. Losing a project or a client is never fun, but the fact of the matter is that rejection is inevitable in this industry.
66. Struggling with rejection? It’s normal. But it’s not easy. Here’s how to cope and move on.
67. When you’re rejected, it feels like you’ve been punched in the gut. It’s hard to take, and it hurts even more when you feel as though there was something wrong with you that made them reject you.
68. Sometimes, the people who are rejected have to learn the most and grow the most.
69. It hurts to be rejected, but the pain will subside if you don’t give up.
70. It’s hard to be rejected; it hurts. However, failure is a part of life, so trying again and failing again makes you stronger.
71. Rejection hurts, but it doesn’t have to hold you back. All it takes is one kind word and some encouragement.
72. Rejection hurts, but you’re stronger than that.
73. Rejection hurts. It’s like a punch in the gut every time. But you can learn from it and get stronger for the next time.
74. Rejection hurts. When we see someone who looks like us or shares our background getting rejected by the people they care about, it’s easy to feel like a failure. But rejection doesn’t mean you’re a failure—it just means the people you’re pursuing aren’t interested in you yet. And that’s ok. Being rejected is important in becoming more attractive and appealing to others.
75. Rejection hurts, but it’s possible to take the sting out of it by finding someone who sees your worth and potential.
76. Rejection is painful. It can make you feel lonely and like you have no one to talk to about what happened.
77. Rejection is a normal part of life. It might hurt and be hard to take, but it doesn’t have to be something that defines who you are. Never give up on your dreams.
78. Rejection hurts—either because you think they won’t like you or they will, but either way, it’s hard. But when you look deep into your heart and ask: “Why?” You’ll see that your fear is just a simple not being sure if you should act on an impulse or if it’s the right choice for you.
79. Rejection is inevitable. The question is how we handle it.
80. Rejection can be a daunting experience. It’s easy to think, “Well, I’m never going to be good enough. They don’t like me. They don’t have time for me. And that’s the way it is.” Don’t let rejection hold you back!
81. Rejection is inevitable, but we can prepare for it and never let it get us down.
82. The pain of rejection is a feeling that won’t go away, no matter how much time passes.
83. I’m not saying you’re a failure; I’m just saying that you’re human, and rejection hurts.
84. When you get rejected, it hurts. But remember, it’s just a big high-five from the universe!
85. When you get rejected, regret it. When you don’t get a shot this time, try again tomorrow.
86. Rejection hurts, but it doesn’t have to be the end.
87. Rejection hurts, but it doesn’t have to define you. Don’t let other people’s reactions to your work define you or the person you are.
88. Rejection hurts. It’s not easy to hear. But it’s also one of the most common experiences we will have in our lives.
89. You can’t get good advice unless you ask that first. And you can’t get your foot in the door unless you say “hi”. Rejection hurts, but it’s also a good thing.
90. Rejection can be painful and unsettling, but you can learn from it and move forward.
91. I’ve experienced rejection before. It hurts. But it’s the best way to make you stronger.
92. When you get rejected, it hurts. But if you had known how much rejection would hurt, you would have found a different job or school.
93. Feeling sad and alone is okay when you get rejected. It’s a huge part of growing up and just a part of life.
94. We can all feel rejection, but it’s the response that matters.
95. When someone rejects you, it can feel like a punch in the gut. It’s also an opportunity to learn something new about yourself.
96. It is never easy to be told you’re not good enough. It can be devastating, but there is a silver lining to this dark cloud looming over your head. It’s not the end of the world, and does not mean you are a failure. It is just another step on your journey of pursuing your dreams and goals.
97. Failure is not the end of the world. It’s just a roadblock to success.
98. Rejection hurts. That’s because it pushes us outside of our comfort zone and forces us to grow.
99. Rejection hurts. But it’s not the end of the world. It’s just a part of life. We all go through it at one time or another in life.
100. Rejection hurts. But it’s okay to feel a little bit hurt because that means you’re human. Just like everybody else, you’re supposed to feel some pain when someone rejects you or doesn’t like you—it means they might not be the right person for you, so move on and find someone who is right for you.
101. Rejection is never easy. It hurts, and it can’t be ignored. But remember that there are big doors out there for you to make the most of your life. Don’t let the pain get to you.
102. Rejection is healthy; it means you’re getting closer to where you want to be.
103. Rejection hurts, but you learn from it.
104. I’ve always been told that rejection is good for me, but I never really believed it until now.
105. Every time someone says no to me, I think of that song by Aesop. It goes: “Rejection hurts, but it’s nothing compared to the pain of staying in a job you hate.”
106. When you get rejected, it hurts. It’s okay to feel hurt, but keep moving forward because that’s what life is all about.
107. Don’t give up no matter what you have done or how many times you’ve been rejected. You will get a yes.
108. It’s a testament to the strength of your convictions that you’re willing to put yourself out there and risk rejection. But don’t let it get you down.
109. You never know how many people have turned down your offer to join their team. But the truth is, plenty of companies out there could use someone like you. So keep going, and don’t give up!
110. It hurts. It really does because we are all human, and we feel pain. In fact, if you’re not experiencing pain in your life, then you probably don’t want to be a writer (or anything else) in the first place.
111. Don’t let the harsh feedback in life, or the ones we give, bump into you. You can’t control what others say, but you can control how you react to it.
112. Rejection hurts. We can’t control it, but we can learn from it.
113. Rejection hurts, but it’s not the end of the world. Just like any other challenge……… you learn from it.
114. Rejection hurts. It’s a hard lesson to learn for sure, but once you do, it changes who you are and how you move forward into your future.
115. Rejection hurts. It’s not something we all like to feel, but it is a necessary part of life. When you get rejected, you have to face it head-on and learn from it.
116. Rejection hurts, but it’s a rite of passage. It’s the part of this process where you can learn what not to do in the future and how to grow from the experience.
117. Rejection hurts—especially when you never get the chance to explain yourself.
118. Rejection hurts, but it’s important to face the fear of rejection head-on and not let yourself be taken advantage of by people who don’t have your best interest at heart.
119. Rejection is painful, but you’re never alone in this. You’re not alone in feeling rejected, and you’re definitely not alone in facing rejection.
120. When someone rejects you, it can hurt. But rejection is part of life. It’s the only thing that makes us grow and evolve through the experience of being loved, suddenly not being loved, being left behind and then realizing you were ready for something else—something better than what you had.
121. The worst thing about rejection is that you have to live with yourself when you don’t.
After all, is said and done, rejection hurts quotes. People who put in the time and effort to deliver an outstanding presentation, but get rejected in the end, can often be extremely frustrated. Hopefully, these rejection hurts quotes help ease the pain for some of these folks.