"Whenever we deny our need to say 'no', our self-respect diminishes. It is not only our right at certain times to say "no"; it is our deepest responsibility. For it is a gift to ourselves when we say "no" to those old habits that dissipate our energy, 'no' to what robs us of our inner joy, 'no' to what distracts us from our purpose. And it is a gift to others to say 'no' when their expectations do not ring true for us, for in so doing we free them to discover more fully the truth of their own path. Saying 'no' can be liberating when it expresses our commitment to take a stand for what we believe we truly need."
--John Robbins and Ann Mortifee from In Search of Balance: Discovering Harmony in a Changing World.