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Quotes About Temptation

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Mae West
“I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.”
Mae West

Oscar Wilde
“I can resist anything except temptation.”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

Mae West
“Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.”
Mae West

Oscar Wilde
“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

C.S. Lewis
“A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is... A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Chuck Palahniuk
“Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

Henri J.M. Nouwen
“Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can indeed present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap, however, is self-rejection. As soon as someone accuses me or criticizes me, as soon as I am rejected, left alone, or abandoned, I find myself thinking, "Well, that proves once again that I am a nobody." ... [My dark side says,] I am no good... I deserve to be pushed aside, forgotten, rejected, and abandoned. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the "Beloved." Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen

Abraham Maslow
“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”
Abraham Maslow, Toward a Psychology of Being

Mark Twain
“There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.”
Mark Twain

Charlotte Brontë
“Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour ... If at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Claudia Gray
“Self-knowledge is better than self-control any day," Raquel said firmly. "And I know myself well enough to know how I act around cookies.”
Claudia Gray, Evernight

Mae West
“When women go wrong, men go right after them.”
Mae West

Douglas Adams
“Arthur Dent: What happens if I press this button?
Ford Prefect: I wouldn't-
Arthur Dent: Oh.
Ford Prefect: What happened?
Arthur Dent: A sign lit up, saying 'Please do not press this button again.”
Douglas Adams, The Original Hitchhiker Radio Scripts

Prince
“Hard to say what's right when all I wanna do is wrong.”
Prince

J.K. Rowling
“Power was my weakness and my temptation.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

George Eliot
“No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from. ”
George Eliot, Daniel Deronda

Terry Pratchett
“People couldn't become truly holy, he said, unless they also had the opportunity to be definitively wicked.”
Terry Pratchett, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

P.C. Cast
“Get thee behind me, Satan!”
P.C. Cast, Marked

Martin Luther
“Whenever the devil harasses you, seek the company of men or drink more, or joke and talk nonsense, or do some other merry thing. Sometimes we must drink more, sport, recreate ourselves, and even sin a little to spite the devil, so that we leave him no place for troubling our consciences with trifles. We are conquered if we try too conscientiously not to sin at all. So when the devil says to you: do not drink, answer him: I will drink, and right freely, just because you tell me not to.”
Martin Luther

Laurence J. Peter
“The problem with temptation is that you may not get another chance.”
Laurence J. Peter

C.S. Lewis
“Whatever their bodies do affects their souls. It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out...”
C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

Steve Maraboli
“Temptation is the feeling we get when encountered by an opportunity to do what we innately know we shouldn't.”
Steve Maraboli

Will Rogers
“The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.”
Will Rogers

P.G. Wodehouse
“What's the use of a great city having temptations if fellows don't yield to them?”
P.G. Wodehouse, Carry on, Jeeves

Emily Giffin
“My head spins as I glance away, refusing to get sucked back into his gaze when so much is at risk.”
Emily Giffin, Love the One You're With

Emily Giffin
“dangerous chemistry”
Emily Giffin, Love the One You're With

“Lead me not into temptation. I can find the way myself.”
Jane Seabrook, Furry Logic Laugh at Life

Sivananda Saraswati
“Rise above the deceptions and temptations of the mind. This is your duty. You are born for this only; all other duties are self-created and self-imposed owing to ignorance.”
Sivananda Saraswati

“Wine and women make wise men dote and forsake God's law and do wrong."

However, the fault is not in the wine, and often not in the woman. The fault is in the one who misuses the wine or the woman or other of God's crations. Even if you get drunk on the wine and through this greed you lapse into lechery, the wine is not to blame but you are, in being unable or unwilling to discipline yourself. And even if you look at a woman and become caught up in her beauty and assent to sin [= adultery; extramarital sex], the woman is not to blame nor is the beauty given her by God to be disparaged: rather, you are to blame for not keeping your heart more clear of wicked thoughts. ... If you feel yourself tempted by the sight of a woman, control your gaze better ... You are free to leave her. Nothing constrains you to commit lechery but your own lecherous heart.”
Anonymous, Dives And Pauper

Edith Wharton
“The very good people did not convince me; I felt they'd never been tempted. But you knew; you understood; you felt the world outside tugging at one with all its golden hands - and you hated the things it asked of one; you hated happiness bought by disloyalty and cruelty and indifference. That was what I'd never known before - and it's better than anything I've known.”
Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence

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