Temptation Quotes

Most popular temptation quotes

Saintliness is also a temptation.

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I can resist everything except temptation.
Better shun the bait than struggle in the snare.


Where there is no temptation, there is no virtue.
Why resist temptation? There will always be more.
Being virtuous is no feat once temptation ceases.
— Danish proverb

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The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
Without temptation the soul cannot grow and become strong.
Temptations come, as a general rule, when they are sought.
We do not pray not to be tempted, but not to be conquered.


Temptations are enemies outside the castle seeking entrance.


When there's a lot of it around, you never want it very much.
Be cautious. Opportunity does the knocking for temptation too.


Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address.
Come good times or bad, there is always a market for things nobody needs.
Don't worry about avoiding temptation.  As you get older it will avoid you.
Temptations, unlike opportunities, will always give you many second chances.


It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.
We've all of us got to meet the devil alone.  Temptation is a lonely business.
Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or to vice.

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There are terrible temptations that it requires strength, strength and courage.
Temptation usually comes in through a door that has deliberately been left open.
There can be no virtue without temptation; for virtue is victory over temptation.


There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.


Most people want to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch.


A compulsion is a highbrow term for a temptation we're not trying too hard to resist.
About the only time losing is more fun than winning is when you're fighting temptation.
Temptation almost always assails us at the point where we thought no defense necessary.
It is sometimes better not to struggle against temptation.  Either fly or yield at once.
The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it ... I can resist everything but temptation.
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
— The Bible—Matthew 26:41

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There isn't any virtue where there has never been any temptation.  Virtue is just temptation, overcome.


Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing-up, a sound set of values—and witnesses.
Not all that tempts your wand'ring eyes
And heedless hearts, is lawful prize;
Nor all, that glisters, is gold.


A woman flees from temptation, but a man just crawls away from it in the cheerful hope that it may overtake him.

men and women

"Every man has his price."  This is not true.  But for every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing.
In this era of rapid change, one thing remains constant: it's easier to pray for forgiveness than to resist temptation.
Why comes temptation but for man to meet
And master and make crouch beneath his foot,
And so be pedestalled in triumph?
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 temptation we resist.
Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.

food for thought

Temptations are part of life, part of growing up. We grapple with them often—in some instances for our lifetime—before we come to realize that it is not so much the victory as it is the effort to overcome that is holy-making.
That fortitude which has encountered no dangers, that prudence which has surmounted no difficulties, that integrity which has been attacked by no temptation, can at best be considered but as gold not yet brought to the test, of which therefore the true value cannot be assigned.

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