49+ Best Denial Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Denial is a statement that something is not true or does not exist. Profoundly inspirational denial quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Famous Denial Quotes

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

I couldn’t believe it: but what I mean by that is that I couldn’t find any room for it anywhere inside of me. I had kept it outside me for a long time. I hadn’t wanted to know.

Denial is also self reinforcing  once you make the first denial, you tend to commit to it: you will deny, deny the denial, deny that, and so on. Robert Trivers

Somewhere in her brain a wall formed, a wall that kept out further consideration about what was happening here.

One of our most primitive defensive reactions, denial is an un conscious and natural coping mechanism that allows us to refuse to identify or acknowledge the existence or significance of unpleasant external circumstances or internal feelings and thoughts. Ken Seeley

They had never been there in the dark. But there was enough moon for them to find their way into the castle, and he could tell her about his day in Washington. And apologize. It had been so dumb of him not to ask if Leslie could go, too

By allowing us to ignore distressing situations and essentially distort how we see reality, denial is a psychological survival strategy that our brains set in motion in order to give us time to adapt to and heal from a wide assortment of threatening conditions, such as pain, stress, anxiety, and traumatic feelings or events. Ken Seeley

This gave me, straight from my vision of his face such a face! a sudden sickness of disgust. Too free with my boy?

Simply put: denial keeps us blind to the things we don’t want to see because our minds don’t feel we’re ready to handle them. Ken Seeley

 But he kept this knowledge of his fear thrust firmly down in him; his courage to live depended upon how successfully his fear was hidden from his consciousness. 

A little bit of denial in your life can actually be beneficial, but it’s an unconscious reaction that has a way of growing or sticking around a lot longer than it needs to. Ken Seeley

Honey, you’re a survivor. No shame in that. Your daddy hurt you something fierce. Life hurt you. Lies are one of the easiest places for survivors to run. They give you a sense of safety, a place where you have to depend only on yourself. But it’s a dark place, isn’t it?

When left unchecked, denial can be incredibly toxic if it prevents you from dealing with problems or issues that demand immediate action or change, especially when those problems or issues are affecting your life in an unhealthy way. Ken Seeley

He’d had a nightmare. Well, not a nightmare. The nightmare. The one he’d been having a lot lately. The one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming. The one with the hands slipping from his grasp, no matter how hard he tried to hold on.

No matter who we are regardless of our background, education, financial status, race, nationality, and sex we are all not just susceptible to denial but actually in some form of denial at all times. Ken Seeley

The blackness was wrapping itself around Conor’s eyes now, plugging his nose and overwhelming his mouth. He was gasping for breath and not getting it. It was suffocating him. It was killing him.

The mistake most people make is in thinking that denial is lying in wait until some major catastrophe shakes it loose and forces it to take control. In actuality, denial is always present. It operates 24/7 in all of us on some conscious or unconscious level, blurring or blocking our perception about the behaviors, actions, thoughts, events, and emotions in our lives that are hazardous. Ken Seeley

The monster smiled. It was a ghastly sight. If I must force my way in, it said, I will do so happily.

What you’re in denial about can range from the trivial to the traumatic. But you are in denial at this very moment about something. Ken Seeley

Stories are the wildest things of all, the monster rumbled. Stories chase and bite and hunt.

And no matter how unimportant that something may seem, sustaining your denial about it is detracting from other areas of your life that may be withering away. Ken Seeley

And then one day the invisible man decided, the monster said, its voice ringing in Conor’s ears, I will make them see me.

Right now, denial is at the heart of something negative happening to you, if not several negative things happening to you at once. If you’ve ever felt that your life isn’t running as perfectly as you always thought it would, denial may be to blame. Ken Seeley

You know that is not true, the monster said. ‘You know that your truth, the one that you hide, Conor O’Malley, is the thing you are most afraid of.

You do not live in America. No such place exists.

Most importantly, if you feel that something is missing from your life but you just can’t put a finger on what it is, then it isn’t that you’re probably in denial you’re definitely in denial. Ken Seeley

She told them that her father was not dead. She did that for three days, with the ministers calling on her, and the doctors, trying to persuade her to let them dispose of the body. 

What makes denial difficult is that it leaves you clueless that you’re unconsciously letting something unhealthy into your life. But what can make it deadly is that it prevents you from getting the help you need or allowing those who love you to help you. Ken Seeley

Self contempt, however vague, sharpens our eyes for the imperfections of others. We usually strive to reveal in others the blemishes we hide in ourselves.

Yes, you are in denial about something, but no, you’re not stuck in denial forever. Or, I should say, you don’t have to be stuck in denial forever. Ken Seeley

There is absolutely no problem with the island.

Denial is something your mind builds all around you, brick by brick, so that it blocks your view from all sides. Every time you turn a blind eye to a problem whether one of your own or someone else’s you’re laying down a brick. Ken Seeley

We’ll see what happens when we say yes while this rigor mortis world screams no.

Denial is a process that keeps going and going and going until all you’re left with is a seemingly impenetrable wall you can’t see over or get around. This wall completely shields you from the helpful opinions of others, the consequences of your own actions, and the reality of your situation. Ken Seeley

No one ever thinks they’re awful, even people who really actually are. It’s some sort of survival mechanism.

Denial just makes it easier for you to drive around your problems instead of removing them. The real issue in your life which is somewhere in the following five lists is still sitting there in the middle of the road, causing a mini traffic jam that’s keeping your life from moving forward. Ken Seeley

I was talking to one of my donors a few days ago who was complaining about how memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t see them ever fading.

When you let denial happen instead of trying to find it and remove it so you can face your problems head on and beat them you’re choosing to live in a darkness that’s actually changeable. Ken Seeley

Take avoidance to an extreme, and you have denial: a deep burial of the trauma.

Denial and abuse go hand in hand. Denial can blur the perception of the person who is abusive, the perception of the person who is being abused, or the perception of both individuals at the same time. Ken Seeley

It was true, though. Janelle was the only girl to have two dates with Maxon besides me. Not that I was counting.

Denial can hide any of the myriad issues, behaviors, feelings, and attitudes that all of us have a problem with at one time or another. It’s how you choose to handle each of these problems when it enters your life that shows whether you rely on denial to hide your problems or whether you are comfortable in addressing them. Ken Seeley

Stop treating your wound like it’s something you imagined. If you see the wound is real, then you can heal it.

If you accept the truth when it comes at you, it’s much easier for you to address it or even embrace it. But if you doubt the truth when it’s presented to you, then even if you’re an otherwise well balanced person, you can quickly and unexpectedly find yourself using denial to cover up the facts. Ken Seeley

The polestar that will guide you into a more loving future is already shining bright in the night sky of your soul. But to see it, you must accustom your eyes to the fertile darkness you have tried to avoid.

No matter how much you believe it’s not true, everyone has some type of denial going on in their life. Denial ranges from covering up something so insignificant that it doesn’t seem to affect one’s life in a major way to shrouding an immense and potentially toxic secret. Ken Seeley

He succeeded in having Macondo raised to the status of a municipality and he was therefore its first mayor, and he created an atmosphere of confidence that made people think of the war as an absurd nightmare of the past