One may deny oneself, but not a living thing is necessarily the better for it—generally many are the worse.
When there's sickness in the house one cannot deny oneself to the doctor.
If they must die—to-day—to-morrow—or the next day—why deny oneself any joy that the world still had to offer?
Tyranny was no wrong, and it was hypocrisy to deny oneself the enjoyment it affords.
Mistakes, like other errors, are often used to fulfill wishes which one ought to deny oneself.
early 14c., from Old French denoiir "deny, repudiate, withhold," from Latin denegare "to deny, reject, refuse" (source of Italian dinegarre, Spanish denegar), from de- "away" (see de-) + negare "refuse, say 'no,' " from Old Latin nec "not," from Italic base *nek- "not," from PIE root *ne- "no, not" (see un-). Related: Denied; denying.