Better to ask the way than go astray.
Bloom where you’re planted.
Curiosity killed the cat.
E. O’Neill (1888-1953)
Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
Even though you have ten thousand fields, you can eat but one measure of rice a day.
Every man has his price.
Gold is the devil’s fishhook.
Italian (on temptation)
If passion drives, let reason hold the reins.
Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
If you don’t want trouble, don’t go looking for it.
It’s better to find a whole worm in your apple than half a worm.
Never pick up what you didn’t put down.
Virgin Islander (on temptation)
Never trouble trouble ’til trouble troubles you.
Nor eye in a letter, nor hand in a purse, nor ear in the secret of another.
Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
The crow may be caged but his thoughts are in the cornfield.
Belizean (on temptation)
The devil catches most souls in a golden net.
German (on temptation)
The devil tempts but doesn’t force.
The grass is always greener in someone else’s yard.
There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.
The devil doesn’t come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns. He comes as everything you’ve ever wished for.
Temptation is the feeling we get when encountered by an opportunity to do what we innately know we shouldn’t.
The greatest temptations are not those that solicit our consent to obvious sin, but those that offer us great evils masking as the greatest goods.
Temptation is stronger in the minds of people who are in doubt. Prayer makes it weaker.
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Sometimes we have to behave indifferent towards people who proclaim their love to us, just to see if they are really different.
Michael Bassey Johnson
Temptation likes best those who think they have a natural immunity, for it may laugh all the harder when they succumb.
Catherynne M. Valente
Temptation is the fire that brings up the scum of the heart.
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
Temptation is like a knife, that may either cut the meat or the throat of a man; it may be his food or his poison, his exercise or his destruction
Some temptations come to the industrious, but all temptations attack the idle.
Charles H. Spurgeon
Temptation wrings integrity even as the thumbscrew twists a man’s fingers.
Temptations, when we meet them at first, are as the lion that roared upon Samson; but if we overcome them, the next time we see them we shall find a nest of honey within them.
Good habits result from resisting temptation.
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life.
It is easier to stay out than get out.
Temptations, unlike opportunities, will always give you many second chances.
Orlando A. Battista
The force of the blow depends on the resistance. It is sometimes better not to struggle against temptation. Either fly or yield at once.
Francis H. Bradley
We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are.
Remove the temptation of idleness and cupids bow is useless.
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
Everyone must choose one of two pains: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.
If we resist our passions, it is more because of their weakness than because of our strength.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld
For every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing.
Conscience whispers, but interest screams aloud.
Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing-up, a sound set of values and witnesses.
Franklin P. Jones
Temptation usually comes in through a door that has deliberately been left open.
Temptations are a file which rub off much of the rust of our self-confidence.
He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determines the end.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Do not grudge the Hand that is moulding the still too shapeless image within you. It is growing more beautiful, though you see it not, and every touch of temptation may add to its perfection.
The higher the hill, the stronger the wind: so the loftier the life, the stronger the enemy’s temptations.
The only way to avoid cannon-shot is to fall down. No such way to be freed from temptation as to keep low.