Best rejection letter E.V.E.R. :
We have read your manuscript with boundless delight. If we were to publish your paper, it would be impossible for us to publish any work of lower standard. And as it is unthinkable that in the next thousand years we shall see its equal, we are, to our regret, compelled to return your divine composition, and to beg you a thousand times to overlook our short sight and timidity.
— rejection slips from a Chinese economic journal
Lightning does occasionally strike and occasionally the result isn't a corpse.
— Tillie Olsen on publication
The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.
— Robert Benchley