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Temptation Quotes

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Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Related topics: Inspirational Forgiveness

When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others,
I can see them as teachers.
- Gerald Jampolsky

I Resist the Temptation to Judge Others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

One should fight like the devil the temptation to think well of editors.
They are all, without exception - at least some of the time,
incompetent or crazy.
- John Gardner

Temptation to behave is terrible.
- Bertolt Brecht

There's an awful temptation to just keep on researching.
There comes a point where you just have to stop,
and start writing.
- David McCullough

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These days the temptation to use steroids in sports
has become too great for many young athletes.
- Jim Sensenbrenner

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

Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a movable body.
- H. L. Mencken

No temptation can gravitate to a man unless there is
that is his heart which is capable of responding to it.
- James Allen

I have been exposed to a great amount of temptation
throughout the course of my career.
- DeForest Kelley

Some are wrong because they are not strong enough to
fight temptation and some some are wrong because they do not know.
- Arsene Wenger

We're all going to be victims of temptation at several points in our lives.
- Smokey Robinson

The pursuit of beauty is much more dangerous nonsense
than the pursuit of truth or goodness,
because it affords a stronger temptation to the ego.
- Northrop Frye

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

Let a man be but in earnest in praying against a temptation
as the tempter is in pressing it,
and he needs not proceed by a surer measure.
- Robert South

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

What makes resisting temptation difficult for many
people is they don't want to discourage it completely.
- Franklin P. Jones

There is no arguing with the pretenders to a divine
knowledge and to a divine mission.
They are possessed with the sin of pride,
they have yielded to the perennial temptation.
- Walter Lippmann

Many people genuinely do not want to be saints,
and it is probable that some who achieve or aspire
to sainthood have never felt much temptation to be human beings.
- George Orwell

Idleness is a constant sin, and labor is a duty.
Idleness is the devil's home for temptation and for unprofitable,
distracting musings; while labor profit others and ourselves.
- Anne Baxter

All men are tempted.
There is no man that lives that can't be broken down,
provided it is the right temptation,
put in the right spot.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole.
Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in.
- Billy Sunday

If we know anything about man, it's that he's not pacific.
The temptation to butcher anyone considered undesirable
seems to be a common temptation,
not always resisted.
- Larry McMurtry

Every life is a march from innocence,
through temptation, to virtue or vice.
- Lyman Abbott

The people ask much, often more than any government can give.
We must resist the temptation to promise solutions to all problems.
- Jane Byrne

The American temptation is to believe that foreign
policy is a subdivision of psychiatry.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation
of denying himself a pleasure.
- Ambrose Bierce

Temptation is a woman's weapon and man's excuse.
- H. L. Mencken

Nobody should trust their virtue with necessity,
the force of which is never known till it is felt,
and it is therefore one of the first duties to avoid the temptation of it.
- Mary Wortley Montagu

I can resist everything except temptation.
- Oscar Wilde

The force of the blow depends on the resistance.
It is sometimes better not to struggle against temptation.
Either fly or yield at once.
- F. H. Bradley

Ever notice that the whisper of temptation can be heard
farther than the loudest call to duty.
- Earl Wilson

The ordeal of virtue is to resist all temptation to evil.
- Thomas Malthus

There is not any memory with less satisfaction than
the memory of some temptation we resisted.
- James Branch Cabell

In the tumult of men and events, solitude was my temptation;
now it is my friend.
What other satisfaction can be sought once you have confronted History?
- Charles de Gaulle

Temptation has been here ever since the Garden of Eden.
- Jerry Falwell

When one cannot appraise out of one's own experience,
the temptation to blunder is minimized,
but even when one can, appraisal seems chiefly useful
as appraisal of the appraiser.
- Marianne Moore

Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing-up,
a sound set of values - and witnesses.
- Franklin P. Jones

Those who believe in the importance of serving others
should lead the way by fighting against the temptation we all have,
and maybe especially as we age, to close in upon ourselves.
- Marvin Olasky

Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.
- Rita Mae Brown

I never give in to the temptation to be difficult just
for the sake of being difficult.
That would be too ridiculous.
- Jacques Derrida

Why resist temptation? There will always be more.
- Don Herold

Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Most people would like to be delivered from temptation
but would like it to keep in touch.
- Robert Orben

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

Secrecy sets barriers between men, but at the same
time offers the seductive temptation to break through
the barriers by gossip or confession.
- Georg Simmel

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

By and large the United States has been able to resist
the temptation to close its doors to the world.
- Roger Mahony

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

The first temptation, upon meeting an old friend after many years,
is always to - look the other way.
- Ugo Betti

It is a temptation for me to wear all my rings at once.
- Anna Held

Although I am deeply grateful to a great many people,
I forgo the temptation of naming them for fear that
I might slight any by omission.
- Theodore Bikel

We find many things to which the prohibition of them
constitutes the only temptation.
- William Hazlitt

Every moment of resistance to temptation is a victory.
- Frederick William Faber

All men are liable to error; and most men are,
in many points, by passion or interest,
under temptation to it.
- John Locke

Judges need to restrict themselves to the proper resolution of the case before them.
They need to avoid the temptation to set broad policy.
- Mike DeWine

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

No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.
- Thomas Merton

That's what I loved about Temptation Island.
I don't even know why they did it.
- Kathy Griffin

Knowledge of God's Word is a bulwark against deception,
temptation, accusation, even persecution.
- Edwin Louis Cole

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

About the only time losing is more fun than winning
is when you're fighting temptation.
- Tom Wilson

Do not worry about avoiding temptation.
As you grow older it will avoid you.
- Joey Adams

We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are.
- Thomas Kempis

The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality.
The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality.
- James A. Michener

For years my wedding ring has done its job.
It has led me not into temptation.
It has reminded my husband numerous times at parties
that it's time to go home.
It has been a source of relief to a dinner companion.
It has been a status symbol in the maternity ward.
- Erma Bombeck

Victorious living does not mean freedom from temptation,
nor does it mean freedom from mistakes.
- E. Stanley Jones

You oughtn't to yield to temptation.
Well, somebody must, or the thing becomes absurd.
- Anthony Hope


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