Temptation Quotes

Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a moveable body.

H. L. Mencken

Abstainer, n. A weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.

Ambrose Bierce

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 is the fire that brings up the scum of the heart.

William Shakespeare

I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it

Mae West

I deal with temptation by yielding to it

Mark Twain

Temptation hath a music for all ears.

Nathaniel Parker Willis

I hate the whole ubermensch, superman temptation that pervades science fiction. I believe no protagonist should be so competent, so awe-inspiring, that a committee of 20 really hard-working, intelligent people couldn't do the same thing.

William M. Kucmierowski

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

Francis Herbert Bradley

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

Vanity is a natural object of temptation to a woman.

Jonathan Swift

... true manhood, and that, if brought in from without, it may be cast out again. And the temptation had a personal source. There are beings who desire to draw men away from God. The serpent, by its poison and its loathly form, is the natural symbol of such an enemy of man. The insinuating slyness of the suggestions of evil is like the sinuous gliding of the snake, and truly represents the process by which temptation found its way into the hearts of the first pair, and of all their descendants. For ...

Alexander Maclaren

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

James Branch Cabell

Abstainer. A weak man who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.

Ambrose Bierce

A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.

Ring Lardner

I can resist everything except temptation.

Oscar Wilde

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

Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address.

Lane Olinghouse

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

Chinese Proverb

The greek word for temptation means to test, to try, to prove.

Selwyn Hughes

Good habits result from resisting temptation.

Ancient Proverb

Virtue is insufficient temptation.

George Bernard Shaw

There is another form of temptation, more complex in its peril. It originates in an appetite for knowledge. From this malady of curiosity are all those strange sights exhibited in the theatre. Hence do we proceed to search out the secret powers of nature (which is beside our end), which to know profits not, and wherein men desire nothing but to know.

St. Augustine of Hippo

He was not condemned to death, freedom awaited him. What was the temptation, the one that worked? Perhaps he wanted to live with a woman whose life he had saved, who had seen down into the earth but had nevertheless followed him back up to life. It was his only chance to be a hero, to one person at least, for if he became the hangman the others would despise him. He was in prison for wounding another man, on one finger of the right hand, with a sword. This too is history.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood
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