Temptation Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Temptation quotes and Temptation sayings, and Temptation proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Cancer victimhood contains a permanent temptation to be self-centred and even solipsistic. "

Christopher Hitchens

"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

"If we resist our passions, it is more because of their weakness than because of our strength."

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"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

"For every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing."

Friedrich Nietzsche

"Good habits result from resisting temptation."

Ancient Proverb

"Conscience whispers, but interest screams aloud."

J. Petit-Senn

"Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life."


"Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing-up, a sound set of values and witnesses."

Franklin P. Jones

"It is easier to stay out than get out."

Mark Twain

"Temptation usually comes in through a door that has deliberately been left open."

Arnold Glasow

"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

"Temptation is the fire that brings up the scum of the heart."

William Shakespeare

"We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are."

Thomas Kempis

"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

"Remove the temptation of idleness and cupids bow is useless."


"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

"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

"Some temptations come to the industrious, but all temptations attack the idle."

Charles H. Spurgeon

"Everyone must choose one of two pains: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret."

Jim Rohn

"Temptation wrings integrity even as the thumbscrew twists a man’s fingers."

Chinese Proverbs

"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."

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