Denial quotes

  • It is odd how, when you have a secret belief of your own which you do not wish to acknowledge, the voicing of it by someone else will rouse you to a fury of denial.
    -- Agatha Christie

    #Secret #Wish #Denial

  • Anything you believe you have to do or become before you can be free is a denial and distraction from the truth that you are already free.
    -- Alan Cohen

    #Believe #Denial #Distraction

  • There are places where the mind dies so that a truth which is its very denial may be born.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Truth #Mind #Denial

  • REFUSAL, n. Denial of something desired; Refusals are graded in a descending scale of finality thus: the refusal absolute, the refusal condition, the refusal tentative and the refusal feminine. The last is called by some casuists the refusal assentive.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Desire #Denial #Lasts

  • Self-denial is indulgence of a propensity to forego.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Self #Denial #Indulgence

  • Great repressions create dualities.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Denial #Duality

  • Those who deny the existence of the truth postulate the truth of their denial and plainly contradict themselves.
    -- Antonio Machado

    #Philosophical #Denial #Deny

  • I don't know what's coming next and neither does anyone else. It's something that we do have to face but the thing is that a lot of people don't want to face it. And there's denial. If somebody says it, like me, everybody feels a little better that they can discuss it.
    -- Art Buchwald

    #Future #People #Denial

  • Slavery is the ultimate and greatest evil. For it is based on a denial of the dignity of the human soul.
    -- Arthur Bryant

    #Evil #Soul #Denial

  • The only atheism is the denial of truth.
    -- Arthur Lynch

    #Atheism #Denial

  • You can talk about Holocaust denial, but it's really marginal for the most part. What is compelling about the Armenian genocide, is how it has been forgotten.
    -- Atom Egoyan

    #Holocaust #Denial #Forgotten

  • In my early 30s, I started to realise I was avoiding something on a personal level, but also as a writer. I was in denial about who I was, and was trying to be someone who I was not.
    -- Ayad Akhtar

    #Trying #Denial #Levels

  • The essential characteristic of socialism is the denial of individual property rights...
    -- Ayn Rand

    #Rights #Essentials #Denial

  • I'll never forget the day that I was told I would have to have a mastectomy. My reaction to the words was total denial.
    -- Betty Ford

    #Denial #Never Forget #Reactions

  • Your denial is beneath you, and thanks to the use of hallucinogenic drugs, I see through you.
    -- Bill Hicks

    #Drug #Use #Denial

  • Denis Law could dance on eggshells.
    -- Bill Shankly

    #Law #Denial #Eggshells

  • So when you're dealing with an existential threat like death or like climate change, if you see it as 'we are all toast anyway,' then denial is a pretty good way of coping.
    -- Bob Inglis

    #Climate #Denial #Way

  • Our hope is we move beyond denial and into debate... If we cleaned up the air, would it really be bad for us?
    -- Bob Inglis

    #Moving #Air #Denial

  • A lot of people that are in the disease of drinking and using can be caught up on the denial aspect of it. I don't have a problem with that. I am very sensitive. I can just feel when things are getting out of control and I go, 'Oh, you have to deal with this. Because you can die.' I've always sort of had that.
    -- Bobby Lee

    #Drinking #People #Denial

  • She's probably in denial that she's a great big ball of insecurity and I'm quite well aware that I am one.
    -- Boy George

    #Insecurity #Balls #Denial

  • All goals apart from the means are illusions; becoming is a denial of being.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Mean #Goal #Denial

  • Delay is the deadliest form of denial.
    -- C. Northcote Parkinson

    #Procrastination #Denial #Delay

  • It is just man's turning away from instinct--his opposing himself to instinct--that creates consciousness. Instinct is nature andseeks to perpetuate nature; while consciousness can only seek culture or its denial.
    -- Carl Jung

    #Men #Culture #Denial

  • Cottage cheese is one of our culture's most visible symbols of self-denial; marketed honestly, it would appear in dairy cases with warning labels: this substance is self-punitive; ingest with caution.
    -- Caroline Knapp

    #Self #Denial #Warning

  • Women are socially disadvantaged in controlling sexual access to their bodies through socialization to customs that define a woman's body as for sexual use by men. Sexual access is regularly forced or pressured or routinized beyond denial.
    -- Catharine MacKinnon

    #Men #Use #Denial

  • Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech.
    -- Charles Bradlaugh

    #Abuse #Denial #Speech

  • Whatever we repress eventually develops aspects of terror.
    -- Christin Lore Weber

    #Denial #Aspect #Terror

  • Ostensibly rigorous and realistic, contemporary conservatism is an ideology of denial. Its symbol is a smile button.
    -- Christopher Lasch

    #Smile #Denial #Buttons

  • There is no defence against an evil which only the victims and the perpetrators know exists.
    -- Christopher X. Brodeur

    #Evil #Denial #Victim

  • To define each of us by our race is nothing short of a denial of our humanity.
    -- Clarence Thomas

    #Race #Humanity #Denial

  • I bless God for this retirement: I never was more thankful for any thing than I have been of late for the necessity I am under of self-denial in many respects.
    -- David Brainerd

    #Retirement #Self #Denial

  • I believe we're all in denial about the people we love.
    -- David Geffen

    #Believe #People #Denial

  • Clouds cannot cover secret places, nor denials conceal truth.
    -- Demosthenes

    #Clouds #Secret #Denial

  • We did exactly what everybody in the country did, watching it. You entered this state of sort of denials. You think, well, it must have been a tragic accident by an amateur pilot. And then you see the next plane coming.
    -- Diane Sawyer

    #Country #Thinking #Denial

  • To deny oneself is to be aware only of Christ and no more of self, to see only Him who goes before and no more the road which is too hard for us. Once more, all that self-denial can say is, 'He leads the way, keep close to Him.'
    -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    #Self #Denial #Way

  • If work is no antidote to death, nor a denial of it, death is a powerful stimulus to work. Get done what you can.
    -- Donald Hall

    #Powerful #Done #Denial

  • I think most of the art now is involved with a denial of any kind of absolute morality, or general morality.
    -- Donald Judd

    #Art #Thinking #Denial

  • If your senses are numbed with delusion and denial, you will stop looking for these true strengths and wind up living a second-rate version of someone's life rather than a worldclass version of your own
    -- Donald O. Clifton

    #Wind #Denial #True Strength

  • When the state executes a member of the human family, it declares that person worthless, without possibility of redemption. As Christians, we believe this is a heresy, a denial that each human being is created in God's own image.
    -- Doug Davidson

    #Christian #Believe #Denial

  • All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present.
    -- Eckhart Tolle

    #Negativity #Denial #Psychological

  • To have your attention in the Now is not a denial of what is needed in your life. It is recognition of what is primary.
    -- Eckhart Tolle

    #Attention #Denial #Recognition

  • Hope is what keeps you going, but hope keeps you focused on the future, and this continued focus perpetuates your denial of the Now and therefore your unhappiness.
    -- Eckhart Tolle

    #Focus #Denial #Consciousness

  • Sin is basically a denial of God's right of possession.
    -- Edwin Louis Cole

    #Denial #Sin #Possession

  • The great law of denial belongs to the powerful forces of life, whether the case be one of coolish baked beans, or an unrequited affection.
    -- Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

    #Powerful #Law #Denial

  • I think I'm actually in denial that I'm famous, it only sinks in when people crowd in the streets. My friends treat me like a regular person, which is what I wanted.
    -- Emma Watson

    #Thinking #People #Denial

  • But sometimes living in denial was the only way to keep a man from going on a killing spree.
    -- Eric Jerome Dickey

    #Men #Denial #Way

  • The next time someone uses denial of citizenship as a weapon or brandishes the special status conferred upon him by the accident of birth, ask him this: What have you done lately to earn it?
    -- Eric Liu

    #Special #Done #Denial

  • Washington is the place where nobody believes a rumor until it has been officially denied.
    -- Evan Esar

    #Believe #Rumor #Denial

  • What is art but the denial of life?
    -- Fernando Pessoa

    #Art #Denial

  • There is no more defiant denial of one man's ability to possess one woman exclusively than the prostitute who refuses to redeemed.
    -- Gail Sheehy

    #Men #Denial #Ability

  • If menopause is the silent passage, 'male menopause' is the unspeakable passage. It is fraught with secrecy, shame, and denial. It is much more fundamental than the ending of the fertile period of a woman's life, because it strikes at the core of what it is to be a man.
    -- Gail Sheehy

    #Men #Males #Denial

  • Denial is a save now, pay later scheme.
    -- Gavin de Becker

    #Denial #Pay #Schemes

  • Forgiveness: You cannot afford to withhold forgiveness. Nothing will destroy your life more surely, for there is a great hidden grief in the denial of forgiveness. Your heart is so heavy from what you have not forgiven that you bear the offenses of another as if they were your own.
    -- Glenda Green

    #Grief #Heart #Denial

  • Positive secularism is not tolerance of all religions, but it is the total denial of religious beliefs: it is the emergence of homogeneous human outlook which is based upon verifiable facts of life.
    -- Goparaju Ramachandra Rao

    #Religious #Tolerance #Denial

  • I am camp. Lots of gay men can't cope with their campness. They are in denial about it.
    -- Graham Norton

    #Gay #Men #Denial

  • Know this: God’s delays are not necessarily His denials. So keep praying.
    -- Greg Laurie

    #Denial #Delay #Praying

  • The oral (Laetrile) had been 'toxified' by adding cyano-urea in the NCI...(NCI's) Mayo (Clinic) dismissed well responding patients to discard them from statistical evaluation...This kind of fraud which I expressed...and which was openly published...has...not resulted in any denial.
    -- Hans Alfred Nieper

    #Dark #Age #Denial

  • For as labor cannot produce without the use of land, the denial of the equal right to the use of land is necessarily the denial of the labor to its own produce.
    -- Henry George

    #Land #Use #Denial

  • Religion, in one sense, is a life of self-denial, just as husbandry, in one sense, is a work of death.
    -- Henry Ward Beecher

    #Self #Religion #Denial

  • was it possible that i was, in the modern term, in denial?
    -- Ian Mcewan

    #Denial #Modern #Term

  • When we deny the poor and the vulnerable their own human dignity and capacity for freedom and choice, it becomes self-denial. It becomes a denial of both our collective and individual dignity, at all levels of society.
    -- Jacqueline Novogratz

    #Self #Choices #Denial

  • Art is an action against death. It is a denial of death.
    -- Jacques Lipchitz

    #Art #Denial #Action

  • All my life as an artist I have asked myself: What pushes me continually to make sculpture? I have found the answer. art is an action against death. It is a denial of death.
    -- Jacques Lipchitz

    #Art #Sculpture #Denial

  • If a favour is asked of you, grant it if you can. If not, refuse it in such a manner as that one denial may be sufficient.
    -- James Burgh

    #Denial #May #Favour

  • It is a denial of the divinity within us to doubt our potential and our possibilities.
    -- James E. Faust

    #Doubt #Denial #Divinity

  • what you try to bury just ends up burying you.
    -- Jane Wagner

    #Trying #Denial #Ends

  • Abortion is a denial of one of those powers which make women women.
    -- Janet E. Smith

    #Abortion #Catholic #Denial

  • I love carbs, but denial is good training for the mind.
    -- Jason Momoa

    #Training #Mind #Denial

  • We live in a world of denial, and we don't know what the truth is anymore.
    -- Javier Bardem

    #Denial #World #Truth Is

  • The force of what was called Panther rhetoric or word mongering resided not in elegant discourse but in strength of affirmation (or denial), in anger of tone and timbre. When the anger led to action there was no turgidity or over-emphasis. Anyone who has witnessed political rows among the Whites will have to admit that the Whites aren't overburdened with poetic imagination.
    -- Jean Genet

    #Imagination #Political #Denial

  • If you meet a woman in a burqa, she can't reply to your smile. It's a denial of identity.
    -- Jean-Francois Cope

    #Your Smile #Identity #Denial

  • If art, all art, is concerned with truth, then a society in denial will not find much use for it.
    -- Jeanette Winterson

    #Art #Use #Denial

  • Everything was perfectly healthy and normal here in Denial Land.
    -- Jim Butcher

    #Land #Healthy #Denial

  • Singleness, simplicity, is required of me. One treasure, a single eye, and a sole Master!
    -- Jim Elliot

    #Eye #Simplicity #Denial

  • What you accomplish in life is limited only by your imagination and the fear of reprisal. Life is too fleeting and unrewarding to have to live with the added ***** of indignity. The denial of one's inevitable demise is what causes most of the astringent blandness in the world. When your existence ends most certainly in death, there is no such thing as 'going too far'. There are no 'lines' you should fear to cross except the finish line. Playing it safe is the most dangerous thing you could do.
    -- Jim Goad

    #Imagination #Fleeting #Denial

  • Despite the state of denial exhibited by most Democrats, Americans all across the nation acknowledge that changes are necessary to preserve Social Security for today's younger workers.
    -- Jim Sensenbrenner

    #Denial #Today #Social

  • To live with the terrible truths about ourselves is the only way of not living them out. A need denied has infinitely more power than a need accepted.
    -- Jo Coudert

    #Needs #Denial #Way

  • I found myself serving a sentence of public denial from the very second the raid on my apartment happened.
    -- Jock Sturges

    #Denial #Found #Apartment

  • Sometimes the act of walking in the face of the elements helps us come to grips with reality. Or it simply exhausts us to the point of seeing the futility of resisting reality and the futility of denial.
    -- John Ashcroft

    #Reality #Elements #Denial

  • Chronically dysfunctioning families are also delusional. Delusion is sincere denial.
    -- John Bradshaw

    #Denial #Sincere #Delusional

  • The road of denial leads to the precipice of destruction
    -- John Bunyan

    #Denial #Destruction

  • The true gospel is a call to self-denial. It is not a call to self-fulfillment.
    -- John F. MacArthur

    #Self #Denial #Fulfillment

  • God's delay's are not His denials
    -- John Hagee

    #Denial #Delay

  • Denial was a weapon; it killed truth, numbed the mind, and I was a junkie.
    -- John Hart

    #Mind #Denial #Weapons

  • employers sense in me a denial of their values...they fear me. i suspect that they can see that i am forced to function in a century which i loathe.
    -- John Kennedy Toole

    #Denial #Century #Function

  • Awareness is bad for the meat business. Conscience is bad for the meat business. Sensitivity to life is bad for the meat business. DENIAL, however, the meat business finds indispensable.
    -- John Robbins

    #Meat #Denial #Life Is

  • The worst education which teaches self-denial, is better than the best which teaches everything else, and not that.
    -- John Sterling

    #Self #Denial #Worst

  • Optimism is denial for chumps with no life experience". "What's pessimism?" I said. "Religion without God.
    -- Jonathan Kellerman

    #Optimism #Denial #Life Experience

  • You can't have a tin can tied to your tail and go through life pretending it isn't there.
    -- Josephine Tey

    #Tin #Tails #Denial

  • The conflict between the will to deny horrible events and the will to proclaim them aloud is the central dialectic of psychological trauma.
    -- Judith Lewis Herman

    #Events #Denial #Conflict

  • People - and I include myself - get fat because they choose pleasure over self-denial.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Self #People #Denial

  • Debate is so much better than denial.
    -- Julie Walters

    #Denial #Debate

  • Can I ask you a personal question"? Of all the rhetorical questions in the world, that is the one which irritates me most with its simultaneous gesture towards and denial of the trespass that is about to follow.
    -- Kamila Shamsie

    #Denial #World #Gestures

  • The primary symptom of a controller is denial, that is I can't see its symptoms in myself.
    -- Keith Miller

    #Denial #Symptoms #Controllers

  • I think the US is in a terrible state of denial ... Worse than that, we seem to be caught in a kind of Götterdämmerung response: we'd rather have the world go down in flames than change our lifestyle or admit we're wrong.
    -- Kim Stanley Robinson

    #Thinking #Flames #Denial

  • We figure out what death means when we're born, practically, and we live our whole lives in some kind of weird denial about it.
    -- Lauren DeStefano

    #Mean #Denial #Kind

  • Why did she give up wine for Lent? Polly was more sensible. She had given up strawberry jam. Cecilia had never seen Polly show more than a passing interest in strawberry jam, although now, of course, she was always catching her standing at the open fridge, staring at it longingly. The power of denial.
    -- Liane Moriarty

    #Giving Up #Wine #Denial

  • Denial: my family heritage. If you don't ask the questions, the truth will never inconvenience you.
    -- Lisa Unger

    #Heritage #Denial #My Family

  • Self-preservation and self-denial: the basis of all political economy.
    -- Lord Acton

    #Self #Political #Denial

  • Good breeding is the result of good sense, some good nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others.
    -- Lord Chesterfield

    #Self #Sake #Denial