deny (one)self

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deny (one)self

To deprive oneself of something. I'm denying myself desserts right now, while I'm on this diet.
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References in classic literature ?
I too have denied myself, have worked and struggled to make a home for the girl I cared for.
Ah, but I've lived easy in the meantime, never denied myself o' nothing heart desires, and slep' soft and ate dainty all my days but when at sea.
'If I had been poor,' said brother Charles, with sparkling eyes; 'if I had been poor, Mr Nickleby, my dear sir, which thank God I am not, I would have denied myself (of course anybody would under such circumstances) the commonest necessaries of life, to help her.
Baktash voiced remorse for "the harm I have done not only to myself but to all those who love me." And he acknowledged, "I have denied myself so many precious moments I should have had with my family.
Ecclesiastes 2:4-11 poignantly reminds me, 'I denied myself nothing my eyes desiredYet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.' And as I create new traditions and new bonds of the spirit with my new family, I continue to make sure there is no room for vanity, pride or frivolity.
I have it in reserves since I haven't denied myself anything today.
I'd go crazy if I denied myself the occasional treat."
I was like a gibbering idiot because the feelings I've denied myself for many years almost overwhelmed me.
I soon adapted to the lifestyle and denied myself the luxury of eating a chocolate bar in its entirety."
How I rue those years in which I denied myself the story of Saunders and Malterthe story of the Jews in America!
What if, though, I had discovered that transition was an option for me earlier in life--would I have denied myself the opportunity to experience childbirth?
"I denied myself chocolate and all the trimmings and watched my husband and children eat them instead - it was hard.
The idea being if I denied myself something that everyone else enjoys, I would look cool and detached.
I have wanted a horse for more than 50 years but I've never got one, even though we had the land, as I know they take an awful lot of upkeep and looking after, and I know I would not be able to afford to do it properly, so I have denied myself what I had always wished for and obviously will never have.