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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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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I can resist everything except temptation.

OSCAR WILDE, Lady Windermere's Fan

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Temptation cannot exist without the concurrence of inclination and opportunity.

E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words

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

MATTHEW HENRY, Commentaries

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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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The Devil suits his temptation to every sinner.

ROWLAND HILL, attributed, Day's Collacon

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The man who only shuns temptations outwardly and does not uproot them will make little progress; indeed they will quickly return, more violent than before.

THOMAS A KEMPIS, The Imitation of Christ

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Ignoring a temptation is far more effective than fighting it. Once your mind is on something else, the temptation loses its power. So when temptation calls you on the phone, don't argue with it -- just hang up!

RICK WARREN, "What Is the 'Most Spiritually Vulnerable Organ' in the Body?", Christian Post, May 17, 2017

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The beginning of all temptation lies in a wavering mind and little trust in God, for as a rudderless ship is driven hither and yon by waves, so a careless and irresolute man is tempted in many ways.

THOMAS A KEMPIS, The Imitation of Christ

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

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

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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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So you tell yourself you are pretty fine clay
To have tricked temptation and turned it away,
But wait, my friend, for a different day;
Wait till you want to want to!

EDMUND VANCE COOKE, Desire

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