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General Douglas MacArthur was turned down for admission to West Point not once but twice. But he tried a third time, was accepted and marched into the history books.


Basketball superstar Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.


In 1889, Rudyard Kipling received the following rejection letter from the San Francisco Examiner: “I'm sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language.”


Winston Churchill failed sixth grade. He did not become Prime Minister of England until he was 62, and then only after a lifetime of defeats and setbacks. His greatest contributions came when he was a “senior citizen.”


The parents of the famous opera singer Enrico Caruso wanted him to be an engineer. His teacher said he had no voice at all and could not sing.


Albert Einstein did not speak until he was four years old and didn't read until he was seven. His teacher described him as “mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in his foolish dreams.” He was expelled and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School.


Louis Pasteur was only a mediocre pupil in undergraduate studies and ranked 15th out of 22 in chemistry.


In 1944, Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modeling Agency, told modeling hopeful Norma Jean Baker (Marilyn Monroe), “You'd better learn secretarial work or else get married.”


While turning down the British rock group called the Beatles, one executive of Decca Recording Company said, “We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out.”


In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after one performance. He told Presley, “You ain't goin' nowhere…son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck.”


When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, it did not ring off the hook with calls from potential backers. President Rutherford Hayes said, “That's an amazing invention, but who would ever want to use one of them?”


Rafer Johnson, the decathlon champion, was born with a club foot.


When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he tried over 2,000 experiments before he got it to work. A young reporter asked him how it felt to fail so many times. He said, “I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2,000-step process.”


After years of progressive hearing loss, by age 46 German composer Ludwig van Beethoven had become completely deaf. Nevertheless, he wrote his greatest music—including five symphonies—during his later years.


Rudyard Kipling 拉迪亚德·吉卜林(英国作家,1907年获诺贝尔文学奖)
rejection  n. 拒绝
defeat  n. 击败,战胜,失败
setback  n. 顿挫,挫折
senior citizen 老年人
mentally  ad. 精神上,智力上,在内心
expel  v. 驱逐,开除
admittance  n. 入场权,准入
Louis Pasteur 路易斯·巴斯德(法国化学家、微生物学家)
mediocre  a. 普普通通的
secretarial  a. 秘书的,书记的
the Grand Ole Opry 乡村老大剧院(美国历史最悠久,专门播放乡村音乐与节目的娱乐机构)
backer  n. 支持者
decathlon  n. 十项运动
club foot 畸形足,内外足
light bulb 电灯泡
hearing loss 听觉损耗,听力损失


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