Quotes, sayings and proverbs on Temptation from both Scriptural and Secular sources.

Interesting Quotes on Temptation

Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice. ~Lyman Abbott

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

For every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

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

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

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

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

The most formidable attribute of temptation is its increasing power, its accelerating ratio of velocity. Every act of repetition increases power, diminishes resistance. It is like the letting out of waters–where a drop can go, a river can go. Whoever yields to temptation, subjects himself to the law of falling bodies. ~Horace Mann

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

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

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 this field of life, without sentinels of watchfulness and campfires of prayer. ~E.H. Chapin

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it. ~Thomas Jefferson

It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways. ~Buddha

Conscience whispers, but interest screams aloud.  ~J. Petit-Senn

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

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

Temptation usually comes in through a door that has been deliberately left open. ~Arnold Glasow.

Funny and Silly Temptation Quotes

By persistently remaining single a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation. ~Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

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

For years my wedding ring has done its job. It has led me not into temptation. It has reminded my husband numerous times at parties that it’s time to go home. It has been a source of relief to a dinner companion. It has been a status symbol in the maternity ward. ~Erma Bombeck

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

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

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

Ever notice that the whisper of temptation can be heard farther than the loudest call to duty. ~Earl Wilson

I couldn’t help it. I can resist everything except temptation. ~Oscar Wilde

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

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. ~Oscar Wilde

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

Constant occupation prevents temptation. ~German proverb

A man of character is resistant to temptation. ~Hungarian proverb

He who avoids the temptation avoids the sin. ~Spanish proverb

Good habits result from resisting temptation. ~Ancient proverb

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

Quotations and Sayings about Self-Control

Self-respect is the root of discipline:  The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. ~Abraham Joshua Heschel

Everyone must choose one of two pains: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret. ~Jim Rohn

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and apply myself to them, if they will not apply themselves to me. ~Michel de Montaigne

Discipline weighs ounces, regret weighs tons. ~Anonymous

You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things.  And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside.  The enemy of the ‘best’ is often the ‘good.’ ~Stephen Covey

Bible Quotes on 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. ~James 1:12 KJV

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. ~1 Corinthians 10:12-13 KJV

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. ~1 Timothy 6:9 KJV

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. ~Matthew 26:41 KJV

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. ~James 1:13-14 KJV

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. ~Matthew 6:13 KJV

Catholic Saints Quotes on Temptation

Your first task is to be dissatisfied with yourself, fight sin, and transform yourself into something better. Your second task is to put up with the trials and temptations of this world that will be brought on by the change in your life and to persevere to the very end in the midst of these things. ~Saint Augustine of Hippo

Stop entertaining those vain fears. Remember it is not feeling which constitutes guilt but the consent to such feelings. Only the free will is capable of good or evil. But when the will sighs under the trial of the tempter and does not will what is presented to it, there is not only no fault but there is virtue. ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

There are in truth three states of the converted: the beginning, the middle, and the perfection. In the beginning they experience the charms of sweetness; in the middle the contests of temptation; and in the end the fullness of perfection. ~Pope St. Gregory the Great

Trials are nothing else but the forge that purifies the soul of all its imperfections. ~Saint Mary Magdalen de’Pazzi

When tempted, invoke your Angel. he is more eager to help you than you are to be helped! Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of him: He trembles and flees at the sight of your Guardian Angel. ~Saint John Bosco

Do not grieve over the temptations you suffer. When the Lord intends to bestow a particular virtue on us, He often permits us first to be tempted by the opposite vice. Therefore, look upon every temptation as an invitation to grow in a particular virtue and a promise by God that you will be successful, if only you stand fast. ~Saint Philip Neri

Virtue is nothing without the trial of temptation, for there is no conflict without an enemy, no victory without strife. ~Pope St. Leo the Great

When we find ouselves in some grave danger we must not lose courage but firmly trust in God, for where there is the greatest danger, there is also the greatest help from Him who wants to be called our ‘Help’ in times of peace and in times of tribulation. ~Saint Ambrose of Milan

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