TEMPTATION QUOTES

quotations about temptation

Temptation quote

Do you really think ... that it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations that it requires strength, strength and courage, to yield to. To stake all one's life on a single moment, to risk everything on one throw, whether the stake be power or pleasure, I care not -- there is no weakness in that.

OSCAR WILDE, An Ideal Husband

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He who cannot resist temptation is not a man.... Whoever yields to temptation debases himself with a debasement from which he can never arise.

HORACE MANN, A Few Thoughts for a Young Man

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God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

BIBLE, 1 Corinthians 10:13

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Temptation cannot exist without the concurrence of inclination and opportunity.

E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words

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Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.

BIBLE, Matthew 26:41

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I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.

MAE WEST, My Little Chickadee

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No man is matriculated to the art of life till he has been well tempted.

GEORGE ELIOT, Romola

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A coat that is not used, the moths eat; and a Christian who is hung up so that he shall not be tempted--the moths eat him; and they have poor food at that.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

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Why comes temptation but for man to meet
And master and make crouch beneath his foot,
And so be pedestaled in triumph?

ROBERT BROWNING, The Ring and the Book

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I can resist everything except temptation.

OSCAR WILDE, Lady Windermere's Fan

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No man knows what he will do till the right temptation comes.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

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Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in fine gay colours that are but skin-deep.

MATTHEW HENRY, Commentaries

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Temptations are enemies outside the castle seeking entrance. If there be no false retainer within who holds treacherous parley, there can scarcely be even an offer.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

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To go into temptation to find how strong you are, is as wise as to go before a mirror, with closed eyes, to find how you look when asleep.

IVAN PANIN, Thoughts

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The devil and temptations also afford us occasion to learn and understand the Scriptures, by experience and practice. Without these we should never understand them, however diligently we read and listened to them.

MARTIN LUTHER, "Of God's Word", Table Talk

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The Devil suits his temptation to every sinner.

ROWLAND HILL, attributed, Day's Collacon

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The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.

OSCAR WILDE, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Maxims for Revolutionists

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Many people genuinely do not wish to be saints, and it is probable that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never felt much temptation to be human beings. If one could follow it to its psychological roots, one would, I believe, find that the main motive for "non-attachment" is a desire to escape from the pain of living, and above all from love, which, sexual or non-sexual, is hard work.

GEORGE ORWELL, Reflections on Gandhi

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God is better served in resisting a temptation to evil, than in many formal prayers.

WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude

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