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Quotations: Temptation

Don't worry about avoiding temptation - as you grow older it starts avoiding you
Anon

Calvin: Do you believe in the devil? You know, a supreme evil being dedicated to the temptation, corruption, and destruction of man? Hobbes: I'm not sure that man needs the help
Anon

Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.
Anon

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.
Anon

Saintliness is also a temptation
Jean Anouilh

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self.
Aristotle

It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations
Walter Bagehot

Middle age is having a choice between two temptations and choosing the one that’ll get you home earlier.
Dan Bennett

Temptation to behave is terrible
Bertolt Brecht

Temptations, when we meet them at first, are as the lion that roared upon Samson; but if we overcome them, the next time we see them we shall find a nest of honey within them
John Bunyan

It is not only easier to find fault with another person than to examine one's own character, it is also tempting.
Martin Dansky

It is not the great temptations that ruin us; it is the little ones.
John W. DeForest

The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.
T.S. Eliot

As the Sandwich-Islander believes that the strength and valor of the enemy he kills passes into himself, so we gain the strength of the temptations we resist
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The quality of expectations determines the quality of our action.
Andre Godin

For to tempt and to be tempted are things very nearly allied... whenever feeling has anything to do in the matter, no sooner is it excited than we have already gone vastly farther than we are aware of.
Catherine the Great

It is not the mountains that we conquer, but ourselves.
Sir Edmund Hillary

When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others, I can see them as teachers of forgiveness in my life, reminding me that I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge.
Gerald Jampolsky

Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is; we'll find it.
Sam Levenson

I am suffering incessant temptations to uncharitable thoughts at present; one of those black moods in which nearly all one's friends seem to be selfish or even false. And how terrible that there should be even a kind of pleasure in thinking evil.
C.S. Lewis

The discipline of desire is the background of character.
John Locke

There are temptations which strong exercise best enables us to resist
John Lubbock

Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a movable body
Henry Louis Mencken

Temptation is like a knife, that may either cut the meat or the throat of a man; it may be his food or his poison, his exercise or his destruction
John Owen

Temptation wrings integrity even as the thumbscrew twists a man's fingers
Chinese Proverb

Good habits result from resisting temptation
Indian Proverb

Tempt not a desperate man.
William Shakespeare

'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.
William Shakespeare

Temptation is the fire that brings up the scum of the heart.
William Shakespeare

Some temptations come to the industrious, but all temptations attack the idle
Charles H. Spurgeon

Moralists and philosophers have adjudged those who throw temptation in the way of the erring, equally guilty with those who are thereby led into evil
Mark Twain

I deal with temptation by yielding to it
Mark Twain

I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it
Mae West

By persistently remaining single a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation.
Oscar Wilde

Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.
William Butler Yeats

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