One wisecracking editor wrote this rejection to Gertrude Stein:* "I am only one, only one, only. Only one bein, one at the same time. Not two, not three, only one. Only one life to live, only sixty minutes in one hour. Only one pair of eyes. Only one brain. Only one being. Being only one, having only one pair of eyes, having only one time, having only one life, I cannot read your MS three or four ties. Not even one time. Only one look, only one look is enough. Hardly one copy should sell here. Hardly one. Hardly one." Mean, but funny.
*From Rotten Rejection: A Literary Companion, Edited by Andre Bernard (Puschart Press, 1990)