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I have a simple principle for the conduct of life - never to resist an adequate temptation.

If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I rise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savour) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. See quote detail

If there were no evil in ourselves there could be no temptation from without, for nothing evil could seem pleasant.

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

It is a most fearful fact to think of, that in every heart there is some secret spring that would be weak at the touch of temptation, and that is liable to be assailed. Fearful, and yet salutary to think of, for the thought may serve to keep our moral nature braced. It warns us that we can never stand at ease, or lie down in the field of life, without sentinels of watchfulness and campfires of prayer.

It is one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.

It is the bright day that brings forth the adder, and that craves wary walking.

Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is; we'll find it.

Learn to say 'No'; it will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.

Lie in the lap of sin, and not mean harm? It is hypocrisy against the devil: They that mean virtuously, and yet do so, the devil their virtue tempts, and they tempt heaven.

Most confidence has still most cause to doubt.

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

Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

Never resist temptation: prove all things: hold fast that which is good.

No degree of temptation justifies any degree of sin.

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

No one can ask honestly or hope fully to be delivered from temptation unless he has himself honestly and firmly determined to do the best he can to keep out of it.

No place, no company, no age, no person is temptation-free; let no man boast that he was never tempted, let him not be high-minded, but fear, for he may be surprised in that very instance wherein he boasteth that he was never tempted at all.

Occasions of adversity best discover how great virtue or strength each one hath. - For occasions do not make a man frail, but show what he is.

Some temptations come to the industrious, but all temptations attack the idle.


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