Keep On Walking – Quotes on Rejection

Keep on walking... lift up your eyes...

Keep on walking… lift up your eyes… One of my favourite quotes is ‘I will lift up my eyes unto the hills.  From where does my help come.  It comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.’  Psalm 121:1.  



Rejection Quotes

Words from the wise, passed on to us:  

Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can indeed present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap, however, is self-rejection. As soon as someone accuses me or criticizes me, as soon as I am rejected, left alone, or abandoned, I find myself thinking, “Well, that proves once again that I am a nobody.” … [My dark side says,] I am no good… I deserve to be pushed aside, forgotten, rejected, and abandoned. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the “Beloved.” Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen

I gave him my heart, and he took and pinched it to death; and flung it back to me. People feel with their hearts, Ellen, and since he has destroyed mine, I have not power to feel for him.”
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

“Chase your dreams until you catch them…and then dream, catch, and dream again! ”
Dee Marie, Sons of Avalon: Merlin’s Prophecy

“Maybe from as early as when you’re five or six, there’s been a whisper going at the back of your head, saying: “One day, maybe not so long from now, you’ll get to know how it feels.” So you’re waiting, even if you don’t quite know it, waiting for the moment when you realise that you really are different to them; that there are people out there, like Madame, who don’t hate you or wish you any harm, but who nevertheless shudder at the very thought of you – of how you were brought into this world and why – and who dread the idea of your hand brushing against theirs. The first time you glimpse yourself through the eyes of a person like that, it’s a cold moment. It’s like walking past a mirror you’ve walked past every day of your life, and suddenly it shows you something else, something troubling and strange.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

When you’re following your inner voice, doors tend to eventually open for you, even if they mostly slam at first.”
Kelly Cutrone, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You

There are still many more days of failure ahead, whole seasons of failure, things will go terribly wrong, you will have huge disappointments, but you have to prepare for that, you have to expect it and be resolute and follow your own path.”
Anton Chekhov

“’Shoot the wounded… what we do to people who are the most vulnerable… we ‘shoot the wounded.’ As if they haven’t suffered enough, we add to it by gossiping and treating hurt people like outcasts.” …”I think we killed Ronnie’s spirit… Instead of coming alongside her and supporting her through this, I failed her…”
Lynn Dove, Shoot the Wounded

“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

“She sang, as requested. There was much about love in the ballad: faithful love that refused to abandon its object; love that disaster could not shake; love that, in calamity, waxed fonder, in poverty clung closer. The words were set to a fine old air — in themselves they were simple and sweet: perhaps, when read, they wanted force; when well sung, they wanted nothing. Shirley sang them well: she breathed into the feeling, softness, she poured round the passion, force: her voice was fine that evening; its expression dramatic: she impressed all, and charmed one.

On leaving the instrument, she went to the fire, and sat down on a seat — semi-stool, semi-cushion: the ladies were round her — none of them spoke. The Misses Sympson and the Misses Nunnely looked upon her, as quiet poultry might look on an egret, an ibis, or any other strange fowl. What made her sing so? They never sang so. Was it proper to sing with such expression, with such originality — so unlike a school girl? Decidedly not: it was strange, it was unusual. What was strange must be wrong; what was unusual must be improper. Shirley was judged.”
Charlotte Brontë, Shirley

“Don’t Take Anything Personally. Nothings others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.” –– Don Miguel Ruiz, New Age Author

“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, and urge us to new and un-attempted performances.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Author, Poet and Philosopher

 Yes, keep on walking!  Writers, keep on writing.  Keep on being who you are.    


Sharing…with the wise.  Proverbs 25:11 ‘A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver’  Actually, these are blueberry muffins for George’s  80th birthday, but you get the idea.  🙂 

Shirley Chalmers January, 2013



  1. We all need encouragement. Your offering is living water for the thirsty! Blessings. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Jeanne. 🙂

  2. Margaret Hughes · · Reply

    Very moving. Very helpful. The mini stories will offer encouragement to all who read them. Keep writing. A wonderful ministry. Blessings

    1. Hey there Margaret, you have always been a wonderful blessing in my life. Love you.

  3. inekejones · · Reply

    Thank you so much Shirley for sharing these quotes.


    You have a beautiful heart and it shows in the way you express yourself in your writing, even in the choice of quotations.

    You encouraged me this morning, as I am in the process of preparing 20 paintings for the small exhibition of my work. It is all so very different from the traditional landscape, floral still lives or even abstracts.

    I haven’t seen anyone else do these kind of things, so I am excited and hesitant at the same time.

    It gave me a real boost last September when three paintings sold at the Mukinbudin spring festival/

    Love You and miss you. I’d love to be able to show the paintings to you, but that is not possible. You are not on Skype are you?

    Love Ineke

    1. Hi Ineke, Thanks for those lovely words. I must investigate this SKYPE and see if I can’t get it organised once again – does one need a land-line to be able to use it? We only have mobile phones. Your paintings are unique and I really love the one of the tree, and I would really enjoy seeing the exhibition! I will pray about that. Love, Shirley

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