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

The Devil has a great advantage against us inasmuch as he has a strong bastion and bulwark against us in our own flesh and blood.
      - Martin Luther

Temptation is a fearful word. It indicates the beginning of a possible series of infinite evils. It is the ringing of an alarm bell, whose melancholy sounds may reverberate through eternity. Like the sudden, sharp cry of "Fire!" under our windows by night, it should rouse us to instantaneous action, and brace every muscle to its highest tension.
      - Horace Mann

Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a movable body.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.
      - Thomas Merton

In part she is to blame that has been tried.
  He comes too late that comes to be denied.
      - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Temptation is like a knife, that may either cut the meat or the throat of a man; it may be his food or his poison, his exercise or his destruction.
      - John Owen (2)

A world of little cares is continually arising, which busy or affluent life knows nothing of, to open the first door to distress. Hunger is not among the postponable wants; and a day, even a few hours, in such a condition is often the crisis of a life of ruin.
      - Thomas Paine

St. Augustine teaches us that there is in each man a Serpent, an Eve, and an Adam. Our senses and natural propensities are the Serpent; the excitable desire is the Eve; and reason is the Adam. Our nature tempts us perpetually; criminal desire is often excited; but sin is not completed till reason consents.
      - Blaise Pascal

God is better served in resisting a temptation to evil than in many formal prayers.
      - William Penn

The time for reasoning is before we have approached near enough to the forbidden fruit to look at it and admire.
      - Margaret Percival

The devil was piqued such saintship to behold, and longed to tempt him.
      - Alexander Pope

But Satan now is wiser than of yore,
  And tempts by making rich, not making poor.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. III, l. 351)

It has been wisely said, "that well may thy guardian angel suffer thee to lose thy locks, when thou darest wilfully to lay thy head in the lap of temptation!" Was it not easier for the hero of Judaea to avoid the touch of the fair Philistine, than to elude her power when held in her arms?
      - Jane Porter

When the flesh presents thee with delights, then present thyself with dangers; where the world possesses thee with vain hopes, there possess thyself with true fear; when the devil brings thee oil, bring thou vinegar. The way to be safe is never to be secure.
      - Francis Quarles

An acknowledged love sanctifies every little freedom; and little freedoms beget great ones.
      - Samuel Richardson

An honest heart is not to be trusted with itself in bad company.
      - Samuel Richardson

If men had only temptations to great sins, they would always be good; but the daily fight with little ones accustoms them to defeat.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Shut the door of that house of pleasure which you hear resounding with the loud voice of a woman.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

If yon wish to be like the gods on earth, to be free in the realms of the dead, pluck not the fruit from the garden! In appearance it may glisten to the eye; but the perishable pleasure of possession quickly avenges the curse of curiosity.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

The virtue which has never been attacked by temptation is deserving of no monument.
      - Mademoiselle Madeleine de Scuderi (Scudery)(known as Sapho)

It is opportunity that makes the thief.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Do not give dalliance too much rein; the strongest oaths are straw to the fire in the blood.
      - William Shakespeare

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

It is one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.
      - William Shakespeare

Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue.
      - William Shakespeare


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