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denial Quotes

45 of the best book quotes about denial
  1. #1
    “When the drawbridge was lowered, a chill wind sighed across the moat. The touch of it made him shiver. It is the cold, nothing more, Theon told himself, a shiver, not a tremble. Even brave men shiver. ”
  2. #2
    “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.”
  3. #3
    “Somewhere in her brain a wall formed, a wall that kept out further consideration about what was happening here.”
  4. #4
    “Denial can be confusing because it resembles sleeping. We’re not really aware we’re doing it until we’re done doing it. Forcing ourselves—or anyone else—to face the truth usually doesn’t help. We won’t face the facts until we are ready. Neither, it seems, will anyone else. We may admit to the truth for a moment, but we won’t let ourselves know what we know until we feel safe, secure, and prepared enough to deal and cope with it.”
  5. #5
    “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.”
  6. #6
    “I was a little excited but mostly blorft. ‘Blorft’ is an adjective I just made up that means ‘Completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to the stress with the torpor of a possum.’ I have been blorft every day for the past seven years.”
  7. #7
    ″‘Oh, it wasn’t him!’ Mrs. Grose with emphasis declared. ‘It was Quint’s own fancy. To play with him, I mean—to spoil him.’ She paused a moment; then she added: ‘Quint was much too free.’
    This gave me, straight from my vision of his face—such a face!—a sudden sickness of disgust. ‘Too free with my boy?’
    ‘Too free with everyone!‘”
  8. #8
    ″ 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. ”
  9. #9
    “And Clarissa had cared for him more than she had ever cared for Richard. Sally was positive of that. ‘No, no, no!’ said Peter (Sally should not have said that—she went too far).”
  1. #10
    “Oh come on!” Chacko said. “You can’t dictate what she does with her own spit!”
    “Mind your own business,” Ammu snapped.
    “It brings back Memories,” Estha, in his wisdom, explained to Chacko.
  2. #11
    “Neither question nor answer was meant as anything more than a polite preamble to conversation. Both [Rahel] and [Comrade Pillai] knew that there are things that can be forgotten. And things that cannot – that sit on dusty shelves like stuffed birds with baleful, sideways-staring eyes.”
  3. #12
    “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?”
  4. #13
    “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.”
  5. #14
    ″ ‘Son,’ his father said, leaning forward. ‘Stories don’t always have happy endings.’ ”
  6. #15
    “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.”
  7. #16
    “The real monster […], the real nightmare monster, formed of cloud and ash and dark flames, but with real muscle, real strength, real red eyes that glared back at him and flashing teeth that would eat his mother alive.”
  8. #17
    “The monster smiled. It was a ghastly sight. If I must force my way in, it said, I will do so happily.”
  9. #18
    “Stories are the wildest things of all, the monster rumbled. Stories chase and bite and hunt.”

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  1. #19
    “And then one day the invisible man decided, the monster said, its voice ringing in Conor’s ears, I will make them see me.”
  2. #20
    ″ ‘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.’ ”
  3. #21
    “You do not live in America. No such place exists.”
  4. #22
    “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. ”
  5. #23
    “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.”
  6. #24
    “There is absolutely no problem with the island.”
  7. #25
    “We’ll see what happens when we say yes while this rigor mortis world screams no.”
  8. #26
    “‘No one ever thinks they’re awful, even people who really actually are. It’s some sort of survival mechanism.’
    ‘I think this is happening because it was supposed to happen.’ Elizabeth speaks very softly.
    ‘I’d prefer not to think that I’m following a script,’ Miranda says.”
  9. #27
    “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.”
  1. #28
    “Take avoidance to an extreme, and you have denial: a deep burial of the trauma.”
  2. #29
    “It was true, though. Janelle was the only girl to have two dates with Maxon besides me. Not that I was counting.”
  3. #30
    “Stop treating your wound like it’s something you imagined. If you see the wound is real, then you can heal it.”
  4. #31
    ″‘He thinks great folly, child,’ said Aslan. ‘This world is bursting with life for these few days because the song with which I called it into life still hangs in the air and rumbles in the ground. It will not be so for long. But I cannot tell that to this old sinner, and I cannot comfort him either; he has made himself unable to hear my voice. If I spoke to him, he would hear only growlings and roarings. Oh Adam’s sons, how cleverly you defend yourselves against all that might do you good! But I will give him the only gift he is still able to receive.‘”
  5. #32
    “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.”
  6. #33
    “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.”
  7. #34
    “It’s natural for a person to deny he’s a failure as a human being.”
  8. #35
    “Furthermore, I have met only a very few people—and most of these were not Americans—who had any real desire to be free. Freedom is hard to bear.”
  9. #36
    “The attempt to avoid legitimate suffering lies at the root of all emotional illness.”

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  1. #37
    “What you don’t know, you don’t miss.”
  2. #38
    “What I needed was a way to undo this mess and get Trace back. Better yet, I needed someone to tell me none of this was happening. That it was all just some twisted nightmare I’d dreamed up from years of watching too many horror movies. And most of all, I needed Dominic to stop staring at me that way.”
  3. #39
    Denial is a save now, pay later scheme.
  4. #40
    If you tell someone ten times that you don’t want to talk to him, you are talking to them—nine more times than you wanted to.
  5. #41
    “Accept the past as past, without denying it or discarding it.”
  6. #42
    “He had never met anyone like her before. He sought her jauntily but earnestly to send him away; he didn’t want to fall in love. He wasn’t coming to see her any more--already she had haunted too many of his ways.”
  7. #43
    “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.”
  8. #44
    “Our perception of this Antigua—the perception we had of this place ruled by these bad-minded people—was not a political perception. The English were ill-mannered, not racists.”
  9. #45
    ″... every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.”
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