To be a writer is to embrace rejection as a way of life.
Failure is part of it. You will be rejected dozens and dozens of times. The best way to prepare for it is to have something else in the works by the time the rejection letter arrives. Invest your hope in the next project. Learning to cope with rejection is a good trait to develop.
You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.
This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it “to the editor who can appreciate my work” and it has simply come back stamped “Not at this address.” Just keep looking for the right address.
I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.
I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, “To hell with you.”
Work like hell! I had 122 rejection slips before I sold a story.
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
Every rejection is incremental payment on your dues that in some way will be translated back into your work.
JAMES LEE BURKE
Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil — but there is no way around them.
The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected.