Quotes: temptation

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  • The temptation to form premature theories upon insufficient data is the bane of our profession.
  • C. S. Lewis
    C. S. Lewis
    Irish novelist and poet 1898-1963
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    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.
  • Cesare Pavese
    Cesare Pavese
    Italian novelist and poet 1908-1950
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    At great periods you have always felt, deep within you, the temptation to commit suicide. You gave yourself to it, breached your own defenses. You were a child. The idea of suicide was a protest against life; by dying, you would escape this longing for death.
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar Wilde
    Irish writer 1854-1900
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    By persistently remaining single, a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation. Men should be more careful.
  • Joey Adams
    Joey Adams
    American comedian 1911-1999
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    Do not worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older it will avoid you.
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar Wilde
    Irish writer 1854-1900
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    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.
  • Frederick W. Faber
    Frederick W. Faber
    English hymn writer and theologian 1814-1863
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    Every moment of resistance to temptation is a victory.
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    French philosopher 1911-
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    Fear can supplant our real problems only to the extent - unwilling either to assimilate or to exhaust it - we perpetuate it within ourselves like a temptation and enthrone it at the very heart of our solitude.
  • John Wooden
    John Wooden
    American basketball player and head coach 1910-2010
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    For an athlete to function properly, he must be intent. There has to be a definite purpose and goal if you are to progress. If you are not intent about what you are doing, you aren't able to resist the temptation to do something else that might be more fun at the moment.
  • Aldous Huxley
    Aldous Huxley
    English writer 1894-1963
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    Half at least of all morality is negative and consists in keeping out of mischief. The lords prayer is less than 50 words long, and 6 of those words are devoted to asking god not to lead us into temptation.
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar Wilde
    Irish writer 1854-1900
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    I can resist everything except temptation.
  • Mae West
    Mae West
    American actress 1892-1980
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    I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George Bernard Shaw
    Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950
    George Bernard Shaw
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    I never resist temptation, because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.
  • Anne Baxter
    Anne Baxter
    American actress 1923-1985
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    Idleness is a constant sin, and labor is a duty. Idleness is the devil's home for temptation and for unprofitable, distracting musings; while labor profit others and ourselves.
  • Anna Held
    Anna Held
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    It is a temptation for me to wear all my rings at once.
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