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

Oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
  The instruments of darkness tell us truths;
    Win us with honest trifles, to betray us
      In deepest consequence.
      - William Shakespeare

Sometimes we are devils to ourselves,
  When we will tempt the frailty of our powers,
    Presuming on their changeful potency.
      - William Shakespeare

'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.
      - William Shakespeare

To beguile many and be beguil'd by one.
      - William Shakespeare

To fly the boar, before the boar pursues,
  Were to incense the boar to follow us,
    And make pursuit where he did mean no chase.
      - William Shakespeare

Devils soonest tempt, resembling spirits of light.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Berowne at IV, iii)

For I am that way going to temptation,
  Where prayers cross.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Angelo at II, ii)

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, Measure for Measure
         (Angelo at II, ii)

It is a creature
  That dotes on Cassio, as 'tis the strumpet's plague
    To beguile many and be beguiled by one.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Iago at IV, i)

Tempt not a desperate man.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Romeo at V, iii)

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,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Troilus at IV, iv)

Bell, book and candle shall not drive me back
  When gold and silver becks me to come on.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Bastard at III, iii)

How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds
  Makes deeds ill done!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (King John at IV, ii)

Know'st thou not any whom corrupting gold
  Will tempt unto a close exploit of death?
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (King Richard at IV, ii)

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

Every man living shall assuredly meet with an hour of temptation, a certain critical hour, which shall more especially try what mettle his heart is made of.
      - Bishop Robert South

He who has no mind to trade with the Devil should be so wise as to keep from his shop.
      - Bishop Robert South

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.
      - Bishop Robert South vol. VI, sermon 10

No place, no company, no age, no person is temptation-free; let no man boast that he was never tempted, let him not be high-minded, but fear, for he may be surprised in that very instant wherein he boasteth that he was never tempted at all.
      - Herbert Spencer

How many perils doe enfold
  The righteous man to make him daily fall.
      - Edmund Spenser

Some temptations come to the industrious, but all temptations attack the idle.
      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Keep away from the fire!
      - Laurence Sterne

One doe not require nor think of a fire often in sprint or autumn; yet I don't know how it is, but when we have happened by chance to pass near one, the sensation it communicates is so pleasant that we feel rather inclined to indulge it. This is analogous to temptation,--and the moral is, "keep away from the fire."
      - Laurence Sterne

Virtue, alas! not unfrequently trips and falls on the sharp-edged rock of poverty.
      - Eugene Sue (Marie Joseph Eugene Sue)

There are times when it would seem as if God fished with a line, and the devil with a net.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)


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