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555.  Does this preaching work?  Do religious believers resist temptation better than anyone else?  (Religion & Temptation)  Richard Dawkins, Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life I: Sin, Channel 4 2012

 

 

4,758.  Can anything be more absurd than keeping women in a state of ignorance, and yet so vehemently to insist on their resisting temptation?  (Woman & Ignorance & Temptation)  Vicesimus Knox

 

 

21,885.  It was just asking to be taken.  I couldn’t resist the temptation.  I never can.  (GBH Films & Temptation)  Crooks Anonymous 1962 starring Leslie Phillips & Julie Christie & Stanley Baker & Wilfrid Hyde-White & Michael Medwin & Raymond Huntley & Norman Rossington et al, director Ken Annakin

 

 

24,828.  Sisko: There’s always the temptation to eat too much, to drink too much.  

 

Odo: One has to find something to do with one’s time.  (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine & Temptation)  Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Apocalypse Rising s5e1

 

 

26,140.  You are ordered abroad as a soldier of the King to help our French comrades against the invasion of a common enemy … In this new experience you may find temptations both in wine and women.  You must entirely resist both temptations, and while treating all women with perfect courtesy, you would avoid any intimacy.  Do your duty bravely.  Fear God.  Honour the King.  (World War I & Soldier & Temptation)  Lord Kitchener, The Times 19th August 1914

 

 

90,754.  I can resist everything, except temptation.  Oscar Wilde, popular variation

 

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90,755.  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, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful.  Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

 

 

90,756.  I am not over fond of resisting temptation.  William Beckford, Vathek, 1782

 

 

90,757.  There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.  Mark Twain, Following the Equator

 

 

90,758.  Evil into the mind of God or Man

May come and go, so unapproved, and leave

No spot or blame behind.  (Temptation & Evil & Mind)  John Milton, Paradise Lost V:117-119, Adam to Eve

 

73,799.  Each tree

Laden with fairest fruit, that hung to th’ eye

Tempting, stirr’d in me sudden appetite

To pluck and eat.  (Fruit & Tree & Temptation & Appetite & Eat)  ibid.  VIII:30

 

 

90,759.  Some devil whisper curses in my ear

And prompt me, that my tongue may utter forth

The venomous malice of swelling heart.  William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus V iii 11-14, Aaron to Lucius and others

 

 

90,760.  ’Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus,

Another thing to fall.  William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II I 17-18

 

90,761.  Is this her fault or mine?

The tempter or the tempted, who sins most?  (Temptation & Fault)  ibid.  II ii 162

 

90,762.  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; never could the strumpet,

With all her double vigour, art and nature,

Once stir my temper; but this virtuous maid

Subdues me quite.  Ever till now

When men are fond, I smiled and wondered.  ibid.  II ii 186

 

 

58,994.  All men are liable to error; and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.  (Error & Temptation)  John Locke, An Essay concerning Human Understanding 1690

 

 

90,763.  Terrible is the temptation to be good.  (Temptation & Good)  Bertolt Brecht

 

 

90,764.  Tempt not the stars, young man, thou canst not play

With the severity of fate.  (Temptation & Fate)  John Ford, The Broken Heart 1633

 

 

90,765.  The last temptation is the greatest treason:

To do the right deed for the wrong reason.  (Temptation & Deed & Treason)  T S Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral 1935

 

 

90,766.  The best way to get the better of temptation is just to yield to it.  Clementina Stirling Graham 1782-1877, Mystifications

 

 

90,767.  ‘You oughtn’t to yield to temptation.’  ‘Well, somebody must, or the thing becomes absurd,’ said I.  Anthony Hope, The Dolly Dialogues 1894

 

 

90,774.  Lead us not into temptation.  Just tell us where it is; we’ll find it.  Sam Levenson

 

 

90,775.  We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.  (Temptation & Strength)  Ralph Waldo Emerson

  

 

90,776.  Yield to temptation.  It may not pass your way again.  Robert A Heinlein

 

 

90,777.  Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.  Martin Luther King junior

 

 

90,778.  We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are.  Thomas a Kempis

 

 

90,779.  Most people would like to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch.  Robert Orben

 

 

90,780.  I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.  Mae West

 

 

72,715.  What’s the use of a great city having temptations if fellows don’t yield to them?  P G Wodehouse, Carry on, Jeeves  

 

 

90,800.  Have you got any wine-gums?  I’ll show you if you want.  (Countryside & Temptation)  Cider With Rosie ***** 2015 starring Samantha Mortin & Archie Cox & Ruby Ashbourne Serkis & Emma Curtis & Jessica Hynes & June Whitfield & Annette Crosbie & Timothy Spall & Billy Howle & Georgie Smith et al, director Philippa Lowthorpe, BBC 2015

 

90,801. That summer mysterious senses clicked into play.  Our thighs seemed to burn like dry grass.  Emotion swung wildly, and our bodies seemed tilted out of all recognition.  (Countryside & Temptation & Body & Youth)  ibid.  

 

 

55,901.  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

 

And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

 

But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

 

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

 

For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

 

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

 

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.  (Adam & Eve & Garden of Eden & Snake & Gods & Temptation)  Genesis 3:1-7

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