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We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are.
Thomas a Kempis
If it is indeed impossible - or at least very difficult - to inhabit the consciousness of an animal, then in writing about animals there is a temptation to project upon them feelings and thoughts that may belong only to our own human mind and heart.
J. M. Coetzee
Virtue is insufficient temptation.
George Bernard Shaw
Some are wrong because they are not strong enough to fight temptation and some some are wrong because they do not know.
There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.
James Branch Cabell
The temptation to quit and start over infects every creative process I've ever been in. Frustration and boredom always fuel this self-doubt.
Every moment of resistance to temptation is a victory.
Frederick William Faber
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
Whether something is old-fashioned or not doesn't resolve the question of whether it's true or not. I can see the temptation of simply thinking, 'Well, there's a cultural mainstream which flows neatly in one direction. You just align with it'. And that really won't do.
I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.
Every life is march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.
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.
As exercise is necessary to the development of physical muscle, so development of the moral nature is accomplished through temptation. The soul being given choice, may exercise it in whatever direction it chooses, for it learns just as well by its mistakes as by right action in the first place, perhaps even better.
One should fight like the devil the temptation to think well of editors. They are all, without exception - at least some of the time, incompetent or crazy.
A priest encounters temptation every day, and some of that desire is very natural.
I never give in to the temptation to be difficult just for the sake of being difficult. That would be too ridiculous.
Sometimes it's just 'Oh my God, I love the taste of fried oysters on French bread with mayonnaise and an order of French fries.' I'm not going to lie to you - I deal with that temptation every single day, many times.
I'm here today to warn you: I want you to watch out for the adversary. Guard yourself from any spirit of entitlement. Restrain any and all subtle temptation to gain attention or to find ways to promote yourself.
Charles R. Swindoll
The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality. The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality.
James A. Michener
I've certainly had periods when I felt like life was winning and I was losing, so I think everybody can relate to that quandary - the temptation to give in, to give up, and then what It takes to keep going.
Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.
Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.
Temptation is a woman's weapon and man's excuse.
H. L. Mencken
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
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leonardo da Vinci
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