Quotations on Temptation

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Every life is march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.
- Lyman Abbott
(Keywords: Life, Virtue, Innocence, March, Temptation, Vice)

Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.
- Lyman Abbott
(Keywords: Life, Virtue, Innocence, March, Temptation, Vice)

Do not worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older it will avoid you.
- Joey Adams
(Keywords: Temptation, Will, Worry)

The mainstream media may have trouble resisting the temptation to declare that Karl Rove has been demoted, but the truth is quite the contrary. By giving up his role as deputy White House chief of staff, Rove has been freed to do what he does best: shape big issues and develop strategies to win elections.
- Fred Barnes
(Keywords: Truth, Elections, Giving, May, Media, Temptation, Trouble)

The first temptation, upon meeting an old friend after many years, is always to - look the other way.
- Ugo Betti
(Keywords: Friend, First, Meeting, Old, Temptation, Years)

For years my wedding ring has done its job. It has led me not into temptation. It has reminded my husband numerous times at parties that it's time to go home. It has been a source of relief to a dinner companion. It has been a status symbol in the maternity ward.
- Erma Bombeck
(Keywords: Time, Wedding, Home, Husband, Job, Symbol, Temptation, Years)

The force of the blow depends on the resistance. It is sometimes better not to struggle against temptation. Either fly or yield at once.
- F. H. Bradley
(Keywords: Force, Struggle, Temptation, Yield)

Once it becomes impossible for members of Congress to make a career of legislative service, the temptation to bend a vote for whatever reason may yield to the better angels of their nature.
- James L. Buckley
(Keywords: Nature, Angels, Career, Congress, May, Reason, Service, Temptation, Vote, Yield)

If it is indeed impossible - or at least very difficult - to inhabit the consciousness of an animal, then in writing about animals there is a temptation to project upon them feelings and thoughts that may belong only to our own human mind and heart.
- J. M. Coetzee
(Keywords: Feelings, Heart, Thoughts, Animals, Consciousness, May, Mind, Project, Temptation, Writing)

Knowledge of God's Word is a bulwark against deception, temptation, accusation, even persecution.
- Edwin Louis Cole
(Keywords: God, Knowledge, Deception, Persecution, Temptation, Word)

No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
(Keywords: Temptation, Value)

The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.
- T. S. Eliot
(Keywords: Deed, Reason, Right, Temptation, Wrong)

Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again.
- Robert A. Heinlein
(Keywords: May, Temptation, Yield)

Why resist temptation? There will always be more.
- Don Herold
(Keywords: Temptation, Will)

You oughtn't to yield to temptation. Well, somebody must, or the thing becomes absurd.
- Anthony Hope
(Keywords: Temptation, Yield)

What makes resisting temptation difficult for many people is they don't want to discourage it completely.
- Franklin P. Jones
(Keywords: People, Temptation, Want)

A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
- Ring Lardner
(Keywords: Mistake, Self, Temptation, Writers)

By and large the United States has been able to resist the temptation to close its doors to the world.
- Roger Mahony
(Keywords: states, Temptation, United, World)

There's an awful temptation to just keep on researching. There comes a point where you just have to stop, and start writing.
- David McCullough
(Keywords: Temptation, Writing)

Temptation is a woman's weapon and man's excuse.
- H. L. Mencken
(Keywords: Man, Temptation, Woman)

It is a common temptation of Satan to make us give up the reading of the Word and prayer when our enjoyment is gone; as if it were of no use to read the Scriptures when we do not enjoy them, and as if it were no use to pray when we have no spirit of prayer.
- George Muller
(Keywords: Enjoyment, Prayer, Reading, Satan, Spirit, Temptation, Word)

Many people genuinely do not want to be saints, and it is probable that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never felt much temptation to be human beings.
- George Orwell
(Keywords: People, Saints, Temptation, Want)

Pervading nationalism imposes its dominion on man today in many different forms and with an aggressiveness that spares no one. The challenge that is already with us is the temptation to accept as true freedom what in reality is only a new form of slavery.
- Pope John Paul II
(Keywords: Challenge, Freedom, Man, Nationalism, Reality, Slavery, Temptation, Today)

I also think we need to maintain distinctions - the doctrine of creation is different from a scientific cosmology, and we should resist the temptation, which sometimes scientists give in to, to try to assimilate the concepts of theology to the concepts of science.
- John Polkinghorne
(Keywords: Science, Creation, Doctrine, Scientists, Temptation, Theology)

We're all going to be victims of temptation at several points in our lives.
- Smokey Robinson
(Keywords: Temptation, Victims)

Most fathers don't see the war within the daughter, her struggles with conflicting images of the idealized and flawed father, her temptation both to retreat to Daddy's lap and protection and to push out of his embrace to that of beau and the world beyond home.
- Victoria Secunda
(Keywords: Home, War, Father, Daughter, Fathers, Protection, Temptation, World)

We should every night call ourselves to an account: what infirmity have I mastered today? what passions opposed? what temptation resisted? what virtue acquired? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Keywords: Virtue, Day, Night, Temptation, Today, Vices, Will)

It may almost be a question whether such wisdom as many of us have in our mature years has not come from the dying out of the power of temptation, rather than as the results of thought and resolution.
- Anthony Trollope
(Keywords: Power, Wisdom, Thought, Dying, May, Question, Resolution, Results, Temptation, Years)

Some are wrong because they are not strong enough to fight temptation and some some are wrong because they do not know.
- Arsene Wenger
(Keywords: Fight, Temptation, Wrong)

Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.
- Oscar Wilde
(Keywords: Courage, Strength, Temptation, Temptations, Weakness, Yield)

The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation.
- Oscar Wilde
(Keywords: Temptation, Yield)

Whether something is old-fashioned or not doesn't resolve the question of whether it's true or not. I can see the temptation of simply thinking, 'Well, there's a cultural mainstream which flows neatly in one direction. You just align with it'. And that really won't do.
- Rowan Williams
(Keywords: Direction, Old, Question, Temptation, Thinking)

Ever notice that the whisper of temptation can be heard farther than the loudest call to duty.
- Earl Wilson
(Keywords: Duty, Temptation, Whisper)

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