An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Do not worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older it will avoid you.


Joey Lauren Adams (1971-, American actress)


No temptation can gravitate to a man unless there is that in his heart which is capable of responding to it


James Allen (1864-1912, British-born American essayist, author, "As A Man Thinketh")


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 (1846-1924, British philosopher)


No matter how lovesick a woman is, she shouldn't take the first pill that comes along.


Dr. Joyce Brothers (1927-, American psychologist, television and radio personality)


Can a moment of madness make up for an age of consent?


Basil Bunting (1900-1985, British poet)


Can a moment of madness make up for an age of consent?


Basil Bunting (1900-1985, British poet)


Temptations, when we first meet them, are like a lion that roared at Samson; but if we overcome them, the next time we see them we shall find a nest of honey within them.


John Bunyan (1628-1688, British author)


No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object.


Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954, French author)


We have learned that power is a positive force if it is used for positive purposes.


Elizabeth Dole


We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine.


Eduardo Galeano


We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Every moment of resistance to temptation is a victory.


Frederick W. Faber (1814-1863, British priest, hymn writer)


Why resist temptation? There will always be more.


Don Herold


You oughtn't to yield to temptation. Well, somebody must, or the thing becomes absurd.


Anthony Hope (1863-1933, British writer)


We love to overlook the boundaries which we do not wish to pass.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


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


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


The most successful tempters and thus the most dangerous are the deluded deluders.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


Man is so muddled, so dependent on the things immediately before his eyes, that every day even the most submissive believer can be seen to risk the torments of the afterlife for the smallest pleasure.


Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821, French diplomat, philosopher)


Temptation is a woman's weapon and man's excuse.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Taste this, and be henceforth among the Gods thyself a Goddess.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


Temptations come, as a general rule, when they are sought.


Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897, British novelist, historian)


Remove the temptation of idleness and cupid's bow is useless.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin to loving virtue.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


O mischief, thou art swift to enter in the thoughts of desperate men!


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


He who is not tempted, what does he know? And he who is not tried, what are the things he knows?


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Thy Word. Thy Word I have treasured in my heart that I may not sin against Thee.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Psalms 119:9-11


It is easier to stay out than get out.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


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


Mae West (1892-1980, American actress)


Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Do you really think, Arthur, that it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations that it requires strength, strength and courage, to yield to.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


I can resist everything except temptation.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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