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TEMPTATION
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[ Also see Crime Desire Devil Example Guilt Indifference Lust Opportunity Passion Vice Wickedness ]

Every temptation is an opportunity of our getting nearer to God.
      - John Quincy Adams

Saintliness is also a temptation.
      - Jean Anouilh

When tempted to be unfaithful, the intellectual woman will try to inspire her husband with indifference, the sentimental woman with hatred, and the passionate woman with disgust.
      - Honore de Balzac

With an old maid in the house, watchdogs are unnecessary.
      - Honore de Balzac

Find out what your temptations are, and you will find out largely what you are yourself.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

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)

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
      - Bible, James (ch. I, v. 2)

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.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. XVI, v. 23)

Temptation is the fire that brings up the scum of the heart.
      - Thomas Boston

Terrible is the temptation to be good.
      - Bertolt Brecht, The Caucasian Chalk Circle

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--The Pope
         (l. 1,185)

Who ever lives looking for pleasure only, his senses uncontrolled, immoderate in his enjoyments, idle and weak, the tempter will certainly overcome him, as the wind blows down a weak tree.
      - Buddha (Gautama Buddha)

Temptations, when we meet them at first, are as the lion that roared upon Samson; but if we overcome them, the next time we see them we shall find a nest of honey within them.
      - John Bunyan

What's done we partly may compute,
  But know not what's resisted.
      - Robert Burns, Address to Unco Guild
         (st. 8)

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, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. I, sec. II, memb. 3, subsect. XIII)

'Tis the temptation of the devil
  That makes all human actions evil;
    For saints may do the same things by
      The spirit, in sincerity,
        Which other men are tempted to,
          And at the devil's instance do:
            And yet the actions be contrary,
              Just as the saints and wicked vary.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

Might shake the saintship of an anchorite.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

The temptation is not here, where you are reading about it or praying about it. It is down in your shop, among bales and boxes, ten-penny nails, and sand-paper.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object.
      - Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

A beautiful woman, if poor, should use double circumspection; for her beauty will tempt others, her poverty herself.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Prince Eugene informed a confidential friend that in the course of his life he had been exposed to many Potiphars, to all of whom he had proved a Joseph, merely because he had so many other things to attend to.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

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, Desire

Life is very difficult. It seems right to me sometimes that we should follow our strongest feelings; but then such feelings continually come across the ties that all our former life has made for us,--the ties that have made others dependent on us,--and would cut them in two.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

No man is matriculated to the art of life till he has been well tempted.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

The devil tempts us not--'tis we tempt him,
  Reckoning his skill with opportunity.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Felix Holt (ch. XLVII)


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