Denial Quotes

David W. Earle

Reality may not be what you want it to be, but it is the reality you now must face. You can deny this reality and try to wish it away, or you can accept it and not waste any energy on wanting it to be different.

Jane Austen

Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not
Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly.

Oscar Wilde

To regret one’s own experiences is to arrest one’s own development. To deny one’s own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one’s own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul.

Sara Gruen

Even as your body betrays you, your mind denies it.

George R.R. Martin

Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.. George R.R. Martin
Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.

Gretchen Rubin

Experts say that denying bad feelings intensifies them, acknowledging bad feelings allows good feelings to return.

A.J. Darkholme

Love is one of the most motivating and self-defining forces in our lives, whether we turn from it or allow ourselves to be drawn to it. If you allow romantic possibilities with others to consume all your time and energy, they will distract you from the things of interest that fill your life with passion and purpose.

Melchor Lim

When someone hurts you time and time again, accept the fact that they don't care about you. Its a tough pill to swallow, but its necessary medicine.

Sandra L. Schneider

The process of leniency involves accepting the reality of the current situation and finding a satisfying meaning therein, as opposed to misconstruing or denying the facts of the situation.

Stefan Molyneux

Knowledge is responsibility, which is why people resist knowledge.

Emily Thorne

They say grief occurs in five stages. First there's denial followed by anger. Then comes bargaining, depression and acceptance. But grief is a merciless master. Just when you think you're free you realize you never stood a chance.

Bill Watterson

Now what state do you live in?'

Rabih Alameddine

I wonder if being sane means disregarding the chaos that is life, pretending only an infinitesimal segment of it is reality.

C. Northcote Parkinson

Delay is the deadliest form of denial.

Judith Lewis Herman

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

Jennifer Salaiz

How 'bout a shot of truth in that denial cocktail.

Craig D. Lounsbrough

Denial is a seductive ruse of our own making, force-fitting our agendas by forcing out truth all because we bent to fear rather than bowed to God.

Aysha Taryam

We have reached the age of denial, we have become happiness seekers, afraid to feel. We are told to think positive, to seek only joy. Stores overflow with books selling you ways to rid yourself of ‘negative’ feelings.

Kim Holden

Denial can be beautiful
But only when you're a fantastic liar

Dave Matthes

I never had a childhood. Not like the rest of them anyway. I had a starting
I never had a childhood. Not like the rest of them anyway. I had a starting point from which I have never stopped running.

Marty Rubin

We're all drowning, but don't say it out loud.

Craig D. Lounsbrough

Denial is fear gone delusional. Acceptance is fear given to God. Engaging is fear overruled by God. Victory is fear banished by God.

Craig D. Lounsbrough

When will I realize that without God my world is draped in shadows between which there is not a single ray of light? And when will I recognize that with God, my world is deluged in light between which there is not a single thread of darkness?

Jeanne McElvaney

There is a moment in our healing journey when our denial crumbles; we realize our experience and it's continued effects on us won't "just go away". That's our breakthrough moment. It's the sun coming out to warm the seeds of hope so they can grow our personal garden of empowerment ~ Jeanne McElvaney

Dave Matthes're either gonna spend your life fucking pussy, or taking it to church.. Dave Matthes're either gonna spend your life fucking pussy, or taking it to church.

Cass Van Krah

You shall discuss dreams, not deny!

Tobsha Learner

A man who denies his past is a man who truly denies himself a future, for he refuses to know himself, and to deny knowledge of oneself is to stumble through life as handicapped as the blind mute.

Christopher Hawke

I wept for relationships not possible due to denial and dreams locked in the back of people’s minds, all of the bits of life that lay dormant until the babblings of televisions and nursing homes sweep them away. It makes me wonder how many of the dreams we had originally have already been forgotten.

Dark Jar Tin Zoo

To find out if she really loved me, I hooked her up to a lie detector. And just as I suspected, my machine was broken.

Who Knows

Ignorance is bliss. Denial is the reaction to a painful truth.

Chris Dietzel

Time is denial's mortal enemy and is always victorious against it.

Nell Freudenberger

... you sometimes had to force people to say things they would rather not articulate, just so they could hear their own words. It was interesting the way people could know things and not know them at the same time. Denial, he said, was like a thick stone wall.

Solange Nicole

There's nothing we fear more than our own Reflection. We scream at the monsters within us, hidden deep within our hearts. We run and hide from the terrors all around us- the different mirrors that we see.

Brooke Hauser

It's hard to imagine which is worse, living with fear, or living without it in a fantasyland were consequences don't exist.

Sara Sheridan

The mass communications that could enable our politics for good have instead turned it into a bland conglomeration of stinted opinion cloaked in the occasional media frenzy of blame or denial.

Geoffrey Wood

Denial makes it easier to keep an addiction progressing smoothly along and, being a lie, it’s just better form.

Charles Bukowski

It's all overrated, man. Sex is only a great thing if you're not getting any.

Fuyumi Ono

She couldn't live in denial of her own humanity.

Douglas Adams

There is no point in using the word 'impossible' to describe something that has clearly happened.

Justin K. McFarlane Beau

The first stage of ignorance is illusion, due to lack of exposure to reality.
The second stage of ignorance is delusion, or the refusal to acknowledge reality.
The third stage of ignorance is the rejection of altruism.

Taite Adams

...the longer one stays in full flight from reality, the more painful will be the landing.

Marcia Sirota

On top of the abuse and neglect, denial heaps more hurt upon the child by requiring the child to alienate herself from reality and her own experience. In troubled families, abuse and neglect are permitted; it's the talking about them that is forbidden.

Jennifer Hillman

what you know
and don’t deny that
you don’t know
and knowing this
you know
what and why
you don’t know.

Emily Andrews

I repeat one of my mantras. 'This is not happening. This is not real. This did not happen to you. That was someone else.

Alice Miller

Without realizing that the past is constantly determining their present actions, they avoid learning anything about their history. They continue to live in their repressed childhood situation, ignoring the fact that is no longer exists, continuing to fear and avoid dangers that, although once real, have not been real for a long time.

Susan Griffin

The mind can forget what the body, defined by each breath, subject to the heart beating, does not.

Pete Townshend

All good art cannot help but confront denial on its way to truth.

Sol Luckman

He knew perfectly well (even if he wasn’t inclined to admit it) that the material body had a spiritual aspect. He knew that “spirit,” however explained, was real, because of his own undeniable experiences - which, though he might suppress them, he couldn’t altogether erase from memory.

Kelli Maine

I can't stop shaking. I need you. I want you. I can't let myself have you.


If you desire healing,
let yourself fall ill
let yourself fall ill.

Jim Butcher

The human mind isn't a terribly logical or consistent place. Most people, given the choice to face a hideous or terrifying truth or to conveniently avoid it, choose the convenience and peace of normality. That doesn't make them strong or weak people, or good or bad people. It just makes them people.

Fernando A. Torres

Benefit is the only blindfold required to convince ourselves that poison is wine. Liberty's comfort level rises and falls with the sympathies of its children. Well, I for one will not collaborate.

Kathryn Lasky

I will go to the Ring of Sacred Volcanoes, but I shall go not as a member of the MacHeath clan - no, I shall go as a free runner. I reject you. I deny you, I refuse and repudiate you as my clan.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

A slave that acknowledges its enslavement is halfway to its liberation.

Gabor Maté

The attempt to escape from pain, is what creates more pain.

Jacob Nordby

Too many people confuse real magic with magical thinking. Real magic isn't a trick and it transforms our lives. Magical thinking is denial.
Real magic is what happens when we break old belief patterns and have the courage to employ the native laws of the Universe

DaShanne Stokes

What does love mean if we would deny it to others?

Evinda Lepins

Joy is not a denial of painful circumstances, but a certainty that He is at work while we are in them. EL

Frederick Douglass

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.

Aysha Taryam

Societies have a peculiar way of relating, or more accurately non-relating, to rape maybe because it is so vicious, they choose to live in denial about it.

Stefan Molyneux

Mental anguish always results from the avoidance of legitimate suffering.

Benjamin James Sadock

Defense mechanism in which the existence of unpleasant realities is disavowed; refers to keeping out of conscious awareness any aspects of external reality that, if acknowledged, would produce anxiety.

Brian Luke Seaward

The most common emotional defense is avoidance (an ineffective coping skill for any stressor) as expressed through denial (e.g., "That wasn't really bad, I barely remember it").

Stefan Molyneux

The manic relief that comes from the fantasy that we can with one savage slash cut the chains of the past and rise like a phoenix, free of all history, is generally a tipping point into insanity, akin to believing that we can escape the endless constraints of gravity, and fly off a tall building. “I’m freeeee… SPLAT!”.

Casey Renee Kiser

My pillow is as good as any ocean
to drown in the nightmare of myself.
I swam all the way here from the moon.

Kat Lowe

Did I miss the denial, anger, and bargaining phases, or did you leap straight to depression?

Sylvia Plath

I moved in front of the medicine cabinet. If I looked in the mirror while I did it, it would be like watching somebody else, in a book or a play.

Alexis Hall

I'd wasted so much of my life. So many of my days, and all of my promise, all of my dreams, lost to hospitals, to depression, to wanting to die. This wasn't how it was supposed to be. This is not who I am.

Except, of course, it was. It was all there was left to be.

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