Temptation Sayings and Quotes

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.
Chinese Proverb

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.
Mark Twain

The devil doesn’t come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns. He comes as everything you’ve ever wished for.
Tucker Max

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

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.
Thomas Merton

Temptation is stronger in the minds of people who are in doubt. Prayer makes it weaker.
Toba Beta, Betelgeuse Incident: Insiden Bait Al-Jauza

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.
William Shakespeare

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
John Owen

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.
Chinese Proverbs

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.
John Bunyan

Good habits result from resisting temptation.
Ancient Proverb

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.
Mark Twain

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.
Thomas Kempis

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.
Jim Rohn

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.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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.
Arnold Glasow

Temptations are a file which rub off much of the rust of our self-confidence.
Francois Fenelon

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.
Henry Drummond

The higher the hill, the stronger the wind: so the loftier the life, the stronger the enemy’s temptations.
John Wycliffe

The only way to avoid cannon-shot is to fall down. No such way to be freed from temptation as to keep low.
Thomas Brooks