Temptation is a woman's weapon and man's excuse.
Remove the temptation of idleness and cupids bow is useless.
Temptations, unlike opportunities, will always give you many second chances.
Great possessions and great want of them are both strong temptations.
Temptation wrings integrity even as the thumbscrew twists a man's fingers
Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address.
Therefore let every Christian, yea, let the whole body of Christ everywhere cry out, despite the tribulations it endures, despite temptations and countless scandals, saying: "Preserve my soul, for I am holy; save Thy servant, O my God, that trusteth in thee" (Ps. 85:2) No, this holy one is not proud, for he trusts in God.
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.
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.
It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.
I am tormented by temptations. What kind? There is a cure for temptation. What? Yielding to it.
Mir Bahadur Ali is, as we have seen, incapable of evading the most vulgar of art's temptations: that of being a genius.
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