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44 Temptation Quotes

How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds Makes deeds ill done!

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Life and Death of King John (King John at IV, ii)

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Devils soonest tempt, resembling spirits of light.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Love's Labor's Lost (Berowne at IV, iii)

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For I am that way going to temptation, Where prayers cross.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Measure for Measure (Angelo at II, ii)

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O cunning enemy that, to catch a saint, With saints dost bait thy hook: most dangerous Is that temptation that doth goad us on To sin in loving virtue.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Measure for Measure (Angelo at II, ii)

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It is a creature That dotes on Cassio, as 'tis the strumpet's plague To beguile many and be beguiled by one.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Iago at IV, i)

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Tempt not a desperate man.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo at V, iii)

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I never resist temptation, because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (King Richard at IV, ii)

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Let a man be but in earnest in praying against a temptation as the tempter is in pressing it, and he needs not proceed by a surer measure.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (King Richard at IV, ii)

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There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.

Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens) Quotes , Source: Following the Equator (ch. 36)

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Better shun the bait than struggle in the snare.

John Dryden Quotes

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Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a moveable body.

H. L. Mencken Quotes

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Things orbidden have a secret charm.

Tacitus Quotes

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As the Sandwich-Islander believes that the strength and valor of the enemy he kills passes into himself, so we gain the strength of the temptations we resist.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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It is easier to stay out than get out.

Mark Twain Quotes

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He who cannot resist temptation is not a man.

Horace Mann Quotes

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I can resist anything except temptation.

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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Temptation rarely comes in working hours. It is in their leisure hours that men are made or marred.

W. M. Taylor Quotes

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I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.

Mae West Quotes

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The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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