Denial Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old denial quotes, denial sayings, and denial proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Perhaps you notice how the denial is so often the preface to the justification.     

Christopher Hitchens

Delay is the deadliest form of denial.     

C. Northcote Parkinson

The thing about denial is that it doesn't feel like denial when it's going on.     

Georgina Kleege

When denial is in play, a person simply refuses to recognize the truth, no matter how apparent.     

Taite Adams

Denial is the lid on our emotional pressure cooker: the longer we leave it on, the more pressure we build up. Sooner or later, that pressure is bound to pop the lid, and we have an emotional crisis.     

Susan Forward

Denial exists when three beliefs intersect: 1. It cannot happen. 2. It cannot happen to you. 3. It cannot happen to you now.     

Johnnie Dent Jr.

Denial is a common tactic that substitutes deliberate ignorance for thoughtful planning.     


Clouds cannot cover secret places, nor denials conceal truth.     


Denial does not solve the problem. Denial does not make the problem go away. Denial does not give us peace of mind, which is what we are really seeking when we engage in it. Denial is a liar. It compounds the problem, because it keeps us from seeing a solution, and taking action to resolve it.     


Never underestimate the power of denial.     

Wes Bently

The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race.     

Charles Bradlaugh

Denial is the number one aspect of medicine. That's why people don't get check-ups.     

Larry L. King

That which is denied cannot be healed.     

Brennan Manning

God's delay is not God's denial.     

Robert H. Schuller

The greatest barrier to someone achieving their potential is their denial of it.     

Simon Travaglia

Denial of one appetite sharpens the others.     

Mason Cooley

It takes a lot of courage to face up to things you can't do because we feed ourselves so much denial.     

Zoe Saldana

Denial is a very powerful thing.     

Jane Velez-Mitchell

Remember to be honest with yourself. Denial is how we often get stuck in the same place in life.     


Denial is the way we handle what we cannot handle.     


I think denial's fascinating. It's a jokey word, but it really happens, and sometimes in enormous ways.     

Marian Keyes

The greatest barrier to someone achieving their potential is their denial of it.     

Antje Traue

More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren't so busy denying them.     

Harold J. Smith

Denial is the worst form of truth.     

Ella The Wise and powerful

Denial is useful defense mechanism until it's not.     

Rosalind Kaplan

Denial does not change reality for everyone else. Only for the one denying and those who are foolish enough to believe the fantasy.     

Elle Casey

Being in denial never resolved any problem for anyone, anywhere.     

Muhammed Haider

No denial of the truth will ever invalidate it.     

Nikki Rosen

At first, they'll only dislike what you say, but the more correct you start sounding the more they'll dislike you.     

Criss Jami

Denial is the worst kind of lie...because it is the lie you tell yourself.     

Michelle A. Homme

Denial and inactivity prepare people well for the roles of victim and corpse.     

John Leach

Living in denial only makes accepting the truth that much harder.     

Jules F.

As the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, so the denial of God is the height of foolisnes.     

R.C. Sproul

Refusal to believe until proof is given is a rational position; denial of all outside of our own limited experience is absurd.     

Annie Besant

The speed of the human mind is remarkable. So is its inability to face the obvious.     


The worst lies are the lies we tell ourselves. We live in denial of what we do, even what we think. We do this because we're afraid.     

Richard Bach

Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.     

Mark Twain

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

George R.R. Martin

The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny it exists.     

Isaac Asimov

Better a friendly denial than unwilling compliance.     


It is not necessary to deny another's reality in order to affirm your own.     

Anne Wilson Schaef

One picture is worth 1,000 denials.     

Ronald Reagan

Denial, perhaps, is a necessary human mechanism to cope with the heartaches of life.     

Richard Paul Evans

The road of denial leads to the precipice of destruction.     

John Bunyan

What state do you live in? Denial.     

Bill Watterson

Underneath all that denial, you're someone who's deeply, deeply nice.     

David Levithan

Denial is an ugly thing.     

Nicholas Sparks

Denial, they say, stands for Don't even notice I am lying. Human beings are the only animals who are happily lied to by our own minds about what is actually happening around us.     

Cesar Millan

I would rather have regrets of excess than regrets of denial.     

Jeanette Winterson

Denial is a wall in which love hides behind.