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Temptation quotes and quotations

Good habits result from resisting temptation.
Ancient Proverb

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.
William Shakespeare

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life.

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 temptations we resist.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is easier to stay out than get out.
Mark Twain

Thou shalt abstain, Renounce, refrain.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Bell, book and candle shall not drive me back When gold and silver becks me to come on.
William Shakespeare

I never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.
George Bernard Shaw

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

Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address.
Lane Olinghouse

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

There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.
Mark Twain

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

Temptation rarely comes in working hours. It is in their leisure time that men are made or marred.
W. N. Taylor

For I am that way going to temptation, Where prayers cross.
William Shakespeare

It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.
Walter Bagehot

But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds Makes deeds ill done!
William Shakespeare

Terrible is the temptation to be good.
Bertolt Brecht

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

What's done we partly may compute, But know not what's resisted.
Robert Burns

It is a creature That dotes on Cassio, as 'tis the strumpet's plague To beguile many and be beguiled by one.
William Shakespeare

I may not here omit those two main plagues, and common dotages of human kind, wine and women, which have infatuated and besotted myriads of people: they go commonly together.
Robert Burton

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

Temptations hurt not, though they have accesse; Satan o'ercomes none but by willingnesse.
Robert Herrick

But something may be done that we will not; And sometimes we are devils to ourselves When we will tempt the frailty of our powers, Presuming on their changeful potency.
William Shakespeare

So you tell yourself you are pretty find 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

The devil tempts us not--'tis we tempt him, Reckoning his skill with opportunity.
George Eliot

Tempt not a desperate man.
William Shakespeare

Better shun the bait than struggle in the snare.
John Dryden

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

Things orbidden have a secret charm.

Know'st thou not any whom corrupting gold Will tempt unto a close exploit of death?
William Shakespeare

Temptation rarely comes in working hours. It is in their leisure hours that men are made or marred.
W. M. Taylor

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

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.
Oscar Wilde

I never resist temptation, because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.
William Shakespeare

Honest bread is very well--it's the butter that makes the temptation.
Douglas Jerrold

But Satan now is wiser than of yore, And tempts by making rich, not making poor.
Alexander Pope

Devils soonest tempt, resembling spirits of light.
William Shakespeare

He who cannot resist temptation is not a man.
Horace Mann

I can resist anything except temptation.
Oscar Wilde

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

O cunning enemy that, to catch a saint, With saints dost bait thy hook: most dangerous Is that temptation that doth goad us on To sin in loving virtue.
William Shakespeare

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