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Often the work of the Lord itself may be a temptation to keep us from that communion with Him which is so essential to the benefit of our own souls.
I would dearly love to resist the temptation, if you can call it that, to worry. It's boring, it's anti-social, it's unproductive and it's depressing.
Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.
William Butler Yeats
I had a huge advantage when I started 50 years ago - my job was secure. I didn't have to promote myself. These days there's far more pressure to make a mark, so the temptation is to make adventure television or personality shows. I hope the more didactic approach won't be lost.
Anyone who is interested in the psychology of children will have observed that whereas one child will resist temptation or seduction, another will easily yield to it. There are children who will hardly oppose any resistance to the invitation of an unknown person to follow him; others who react in an opposite way in the same circumstances.
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.
The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation.
Most people would like to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch.
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
The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.
T. S. Eliot
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
The experiments show quite clearly that, as you resist more and more temptation, you're actually more and more likely to fail.
All men are liable to error; and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.
Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Obedience brings peace in decision making. If we have firmly made up our minds to follow the commandments, we will not have to redecide which path to take when temptation comes our way.
James E. Faust
I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.
There is so much temptation to hold on to my career even more now. To try to micromanage and dictate every little aspect. But that's not how I want to do things anymore. I'm thinking about how can I trust God more. How can I surrender more? How can I bring him more glory? It's a fight. But it's one I'm going to keep fighting.
What makes resisting temptation difficult for many people is they don't want to discourage it completely.
Franklin P. Jones
Those who operate through the Holy Spirit are more equipped to resist temptation.
When one cannot appraise out of one's own experience, the temptation to blunder is minimized, but even when one can, appraisal seems chiefly useful as appraisal of the appraiser.
In Christ we see a maturity of love that flowers in self-sacrifice and forgiveness; a maturity of power that never swerves from the ideal of service; a maturity of goodness that overcomes every temptation, and, of course, we see the ultimate victory of life over death itself.
A priest encounters temptation every day, and some of that desire is very natural.
Every moment of resistance to temptation is a victory.
Frederick William Faber
Every life is march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.
Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
C. S. Lewis
Leonardo da Vinci
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