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Quotations The Best Quotes About Temptation  

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A list of the best temptation quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous temptation quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic temptation quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational temptation quotes from that same writer.

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20 8
It is easier to stay out than get out. Mark Twain

18 8
Temptation is a woman's weapon and man's excuse. H. L. Mencken

13 4
We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are. Thomas à Kempis

14 5
We gain the strength of the temptation we resist. Ralph Waldo Emerson

15 6
He who is not tempted, what does he know? And he who is not tried, what are the things he knows? -- Ecclesiasticus

11 5
How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Thy Word. Thy Word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee. -- Psalms 119:9-11

9 4
I can resist everything except temptation. Oscar Wilde

6 1
O mischief, thou art swift to enter in the thoughts of desperate men! William Shakespeare

7 4
Do you really think, Arthur, that it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations that it requires strength, strength and courage, to yield to. Oscar Wilde

5 2
Most dangerous is that temptation that doth good us on to sin to loving virtue. William Shakespeare

10 8
We love to overlook the boundaries which we do not wish to pass. Samuel Johnson

6 5
The most successful tempters and thus the most dangerous are the deluded deluders. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

6 7
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

4 5
Temptations come, as a general rule, when they are sought. Margaret Oliphant Oliphant

3 4
Temptations, when we first meet them, are like a lion that roared at Samson; but if we overcome them, the next time we see them we shall find a nest of honey within them. John Bunyan

5 7
No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object. Colette

2 4
Remove the temptation of idleness and cupids bow is useless. Ovid

1 3
I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it. Mae West

3 6
Why resist temptation? There will always be more. Don Herold

2 5
Taste this, and be henceforth among the Gods thyself a Goddess. John Milton

1 4
Man is so muddled, so dependent on the things immediately before his eyes, that every day even the most submissive believer can be seen to risk the torments of the afterlife for the smallest pleasure. Joseph de Maistre

0 4
Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there. Oscar Wilde