Temptation Quotes

All men are tempted. There is no man that lives that can’t be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot.
~Henry Ward Beecher

We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are.
~Thomas Kempis

Temptation cannot exist without the concurrence of inclination and opportunity.
~E.H Chapin

No man knows what he will do till the right temptation comes.
~Henry Ward Beecher

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

What makes resisting temptation difficult for many people, is that they don’t want to discourage it completely.
~Benjamin Franklin

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

I have been my own disciple and my own master. And I have been a good disciple but a bad master.
~Antonio Porchia

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

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

Honest bread is very well–it’s the butter that makes the temptation.
~Douglas Jerrold

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

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

It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
~Buddha

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
~Oscar Wilde

Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.
~ Rita Mae Brown

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

Tempt not a desperate man.
~William Shakespeare

Temptations hurt not, though they have access; Satan overcomes none but by willingness.
~Robert Herrick

I can resist everything except temptation.
~Oscar Wilde

“I sat in the sun on a bench; the animal within me licking the chops of memory; the spiritual side a little drowsed, promising subsequent penitence, but not yet moved to begin.”
~Robert Louis Stevenson

Temptation is a woman’s weapon and man’s excuse.
~H. L. Mencken

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

Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.
~George Bernard Shaw

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

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

Things forbidden have a secret charm.
~Tacitus

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.
~BIBLE, Matthew 26:41

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

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

Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again.
~ Robert A. Heinlein

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

You must admit you have self-control before you can use it.
~Carrie Latet

The devil tempts us not–’tis we tempt him, Reckoning his skill with opportunity.
~George Eliot

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
~Bible :: James (ch. I, v. 12)

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