Temptation Proverbs

Sayings about Temptation

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. ~ Bible

Good habits result from resisting temptation. ~ Traditional Proverb

The devil tempts all men, but idle men tempt the devil. ~ Arabian Proverbs

The road to success is lined with many tempting parking spaces. ~ Traditional Proverb

Idle men tempt the devil; the devil tempts all others. ~ Turkish Proverbs

All temptations are found in either hope or fear. ~ English Proverbs

He who is not tempted, what does he know? And he who is not tried, what are the things he knows? ~ Bible

God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. ~ Bible

The devil tempts but doesn’t force. ~ Guyanese Proverbs

It is easy to tempt a frog to the river. ~ Serbian Proverbs

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak. ~ Bible

Quotations about Temptation

About the only time losing is more fun than winning is when you’re fighting temptation. ~ Tom Wilson

You oughtn’t to yield to temptation. Well, somebody must, or the thing becomes absurd. ~ Anthony Hope

The source and cause of all temptation is in the inward desire; that being purified or eliminated, outward objects and extraneous powers are utterly powerless to move the soul to sin or to temptation. ~ James Allen

No man knows what he will do till the right temptation comes. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Find out what your temptations are, and you will find out largely what you are yourself. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Frequent and violent temptations were a proof that the citadel of the soul had not fallen and that the devil raged to make it fall. ~ James Joyce

Temptations are enemies outside the castle seeking entrance. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

Temptation is a woman’s weapon and man’s excuse. ~ H. L. Mencken

The realization of God’s presence is the one sovereign remedy against temptation. ~ Francois de Salignac Fenelon

What makes resisting temptation difficult for many people is they don’t want to discourage it completely. ~ Franklin P. Jones

For I am that way going to temptation, where prayers cross. ~ William Shakespeare

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

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

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

The virtue which has never been attacked by temptation is deserving of no monument. ~ Madeleine de Scuderi

Every Christian is endued with a power whereby he is enabled to resist temptations. ~ John Tillotson

Devils soonest tempt, resembling spirits of light. ~ William Shakespeare

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

The force of the blow depends on the resistance. It is sometimes better not to struggle against temptation. Either fly or yield at once. ~ Francis H. Bradley

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

Terrible is the temptation to be good. ~ Bertolt Brecht

The Devil’s subtlest temptations are the ones you yield to without even knowing you’ve given in. ~ Glen Duncan

Temptation hath a music for all ears. ~ Nathaniel Parker Willis

To attempt to resist temptation, to abandon our bad habits. ~ Benjamin Waugh

We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are. ~ Thomas ã Kempis

Do not worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older it will avoid you. ~ Joey Lauren Adams

There’s a lesson in every temptation. ~ Frank Herbert

The trouble with resisting temptation is it may never come your way again. ~ Korman’s Law

Temptation is the fire that brings up the scum of the heart. ~ Thomas Boston

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

Most people want to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch. ~ Robert Orben

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

Honest bread is very well–it’s the butter that makes the temptation. ~ Douglas William Jerrold

Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell. ~ Author Unknown

Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in fine gay colours, that are but skin-deep. ~ Matthew Henry

The temptation is not here, where you are reading about it or praying about it. It is down in your shop, among bales and boxes, ten-penny nails, and sand-paper. ~ Edwin Hubbell Chapin

There is a cure for temptation. What? Yielding to it. ~ Honore De Balzac

Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address. ~ Lane Olinghouse

Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing-up, a sound set of values — and witnesses. ~ Franklin P. Jones

Saintliness is also a temptation. ~ Jean Anouilh

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

We find many things, to which the prohibition of them constitutes the only temptation. ~ William Hazlitt

Every moment of resistance to temptation is a victory. ~ Frederick W. Faber

We like slipping, but not falling: our real desire is to be tempted enough. ~ Augustus William Hare

I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it. ~ Mae West

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

No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object. ~ Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Temptations, like misfortunes, are sent to test our moral strength. ~ Marguerite de Valois

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

Without temptation the soul cannot grow. ~ James Allen

If you take temptations into account, who is to say that he is better than his neighbor? ~ William Makepeace Thackeray

To go into temptation to find how strong you are, is as wise as to go before a mirror, with closed eyes, to find how you look when asleep. ~ Ivan Panin

Temptations are a file which rub off much of the rust of self-confidence. ~ Francois de Salignac Fenelon

One learns more metaphysics from a single temptation than from all the philosophers. ~ James Russell Lowell

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

All men are tempted. There is no man that lives that can’t be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

In so far as you approach temptation to a man, you do him an injury; and if he is overcome, you share his guilt. ~ Samuel Johnson

The difference between those whom the world esteems as good and those whom it condemns as bad, is in many cases little else than that the former have been better sheltered from temptation. ~ Augustus William Hare

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

There are temptations which strong exercise best enables us to resist. ~ Sir John Lubbock

Tempt not a desperate man. ~ William Shakespeare

There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice. ~ Mark Twain

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

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

No man is matriculated to the art of life till he has been well tempted. ~ George Eliot

When tempted to be unfaithful, the intellectual woman will try to inspire her husband with indifference, the sentimental woman with hatred, and the passionate woman with disgust. ~ Honore de Balzac

Great possessions and great want of them are both strong temptations. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

No temptation can gravitate to a man unless there is that in his heart which is capable of responding to it. ~ James Allen

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

Temptation cannot exist without the concurrence of inclination and opportunity. ~ E. H. Chapin

Remove the temptation of idleness and cupid’s bow is useless. ~ Ovid

‘Tis no sin to be tempted, but to be overcome. ~ William Penn

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

For as men in battle are continually in the way of shot, so we, in this world, are ever within the reach of Temptation. ~ William Penn

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. ~ Oscar Wilde

I gaze into the doorway of temptation’s angry flame, and every time I pass that way I always hear my name. ~ Bob Dylan

Temptations, unlike opportunities, will always give you many second chances. ~ Orlando A. Battista

A beautiful woman, if poor, should use double circumspection; for her beauty will tempt others, her poverty herself. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

He who cannot resist temptation is not a man…. Whoever yields to temptation debases himself with a debasement from which he can never arise. ~ Horace Mann

Every temptation is an opportunity of our getting nearer to God. ~ John Quincy Adams

Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity. ~ George Bernard Shaw

I can resist everything except temptation. ~ Oscar Wilde

Temptation is a desire to engage in short-term urges for enjoyment, that threatens long-term goals. ~ Read More!

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