The "it is" seems out of place to me. I'd rather have it written as "There are many hungers that/which are better to deny than to feed".

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    great question!
    – Fattie
    Aug 19 '14 at 14:41
  • I would use passive voice. "There are many hungers which are better denied than fed." or "There are hungers which would be better denied than fed."
    – Centaurus
    Aug 19 '14 at 16:09

The sentence is not incorrect, it is just awkward.

Whenever I see there and it used in a sentence, I know I can come up with something better. Many words in English can both enhance and refine a sentence.

For example, by using instead of and satisfy in the sentence, we can rearrange it to read:

It is better to deny many hungers instead of satisfying them.

This version of the sentence is less awkward. Alternatively:

Many hungers are best denied rather than satisfied.

This version of the sentence is more concise and stays true to the original meaning.

There and it are frequently used in spoken English, but written English requires more specific words.

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    I don't think it is awkward at all, just going for a different effect than language you use chatting over coffee.
    – Oldcat
    Aug 19 '14 at 17:13
  • Quite, Oldcat. It's not at all awkward; just rather poetic. Sorry Snapman, and more mundane clearly isn't always better Jul 12 '17 at 19:57

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