Jean De La Fontaine, Fables. Book 1
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Progress of Culture
Yesterday I watched a Bible being used and abused in front of a church. It made me think of this quote.
“It is hard to think that men could from innocent motives thus punish their fellows, but such is, no doubt, the fact. They were conscientious, and felt that they were doing the righteous service unto the Lord. They believed literally in cutting off right hands and plucking out right eyes. Heaven and hell were alike under their control. They believed that they had the keys, and they lived up to their convictions. They could smile when they heard bones crack in the stocks and saw the maiden’s flesh torn from her bones. It is only the best things that serve the worst perversions. Many pious souls today hate the negro while they think they love the Lord.”
Life and Times of Frederick Douglas, Frederick Douglas
J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (1997) was rejected by twelve presses.
The rejection letter for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” said, ”You’d have a decent book if you’d get rid of that Gatsby character.”
William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” was rejected twenty-one times. One rejection letter read that it was “an absurd and uninteresting fantasy which was rubbish and dull.”
Stephen King, who had plenty of rejection letters wrote, “—-impale the rejection letter on a spike and keep writing—.”
I personally was told by a publisher that my novel was too dark and too angry. I’m thinking that maybe it wasn’t angry enough, but I whitened it up a tad, gave it an anti-depressant and re-wrote it. Didn’t matter. I got the rejection letter.