Temptation Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old temptation quotes, temptation sayings, and temptation proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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