Top 140 Temptation Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Temptation Quotes from famous people such as Johann Johannsson, Lyman Abbott, Eavan Boland, Amy Morin, Marianne Moore, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Give the composer time to experiment, time to try out i

Give the composer time to experiment, time to try out ideas. Also, the time to fail. When the composer has very little time, the temptation is to reach for stock ideas – ideas they know will work and have worked in the past.
Johann Johannsson
Every life is march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.
Lyman Abbott
There is a recurring temptation for any nation, and for any writer who operates within its field of force, to make an ornament of the past: to turn the losses to victories and to restate humiliations as triumphs.
Eavan Boland
We all have vulnerabilities that can sidetrack us from reaching our goals. Recognize the times when you’re most likely to give into temptation, and make it harder for a single moment of weakness to sabotage your best efforts.
Amy Morin
When one cannot appraise out of one’s own experience, the temptation to blunder is minimized, but even when one can, appraisal seems chiefly useful as appraisal of the appraiser.
Marianne Moore
By and large the United States has been able to resist the temptation to close its doors to the world.
Roger Mahony
Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing-up, a sound set of values – and witnesses.
Franklin P. Jones
All men are liable to error; and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.
John Locke
It’s obviously a lot harder to try and be a good guy than it is to be a bad guy. The world is a fundamentally evil place, it seems like. So in order to be a good person, you have to fight temptation and vice.
Michael Shannon
I never give in to the temptation to be difficult just for the sake of being difficult. That would be too ridiculous.
Jacques Derrida
The temptation to take the easy road is always there. It is as easy as staying in bed in the morning and sleeping in. But discipline is paramount to ultimate success and victory for any leader and any team.
Jocko Willink
There is a temptation to have shortcuts and not put in the time and the effort. I think you have to be willing to talk to people and sit sometimes around a table and listen to other people.
Blase J. Cupich
Those who operate through the Holy Spirit are more equipped to resist temptation.
Monica Johnson
I think it’s important never to look yourself up on Wikipedia. I think the temptation to correct any interesting factual errors would be too much.
Marcus Brigstocke
Once you make a movie like ‘Superbad,’ when it’s popular and you’re the lead, you get offered all kinds of things and there’s a temptation to make bad movies either for the money or to maintain your relevance in pop culture.
Jonah Hill
There’s a temptation not to vote at all as a protest, but it’s definitely not a protest. In fact, all it does is keep the people in power in power, and I don’t think they should be.
Heather Brooke
For any filmmaker who has just released a film and who is experiencing some measure of success, the temptation can be great to respond to every screening request that comes in.
Julia Bacha
There is no arguing with the pretenders to a divine knowledge and to a divine mission. They are possessed with the sin of pride, they have yielded to the perennial temptation.
Walter Lippmann
Temptation is as old as time; or at least, the history of temptation extends as far back as the moment Eve gave Adam that serpent’s apple. But what sets the lady apart from the tramp is the ability to acknowledge she needs to clean up her act – and then, of course, the fact that she actually does clean up her act.
Derek Blasberg
There is always a temptation for governments: see a problem and announce a quick fix.
Charles Kennedy
There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.
James Branch Cabell
They wanted me to do movies and television when I was very young, and it was a big temptation, but I really thought the only way I could learn the profession was on the stage.
Barbara Sukowa
I have been exposed to a great amount of temptation throughout the course of my career.
DeForest Kelley
I am lucky, I don’t have aches and pains. I do Pilates regularly, which is a series of stretching exercises, and I recommend it to anyone of my age because the temptation is not to exercise when you get older. Well, you should.
Ian Mckellen
When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others, I can see them as teachers of forgiveness in my life, reminding me that I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge.
Gerald Jampolsky
You need to gain the confidence that you’re doing enough on film. You must resist the temptation to do too much.
Mark Rylance
Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in.
Billy Sunday
Let’s remember the children who come from broken homes, surrounded by crime, drugs, temptation, their peers having babies out of wedlock, but who still manage to get a good education despite the many obstacles they face every day.
Armstrong Williams
We’re all going to be victims of temptation at several points in our lives.
Smokey Robinson
Change can be frightening, and the temptation is often to resist it. But change almost always provides opportunities – to learn new things, to rethink tired processes, and to improve the way we work.
Klaus Schwab
I think when you’re trying to produce a relationship on screen that doesn’t actually exist, perhaps sometimes there’s a temptation to look at each other more, to touch each other more.
Paul Bettany
One of the important things about temptation is, if I'm

One of the important things about temptation is, if I’m going to deal with it I’m going to have to recognize, this is an area of weakness in my life. I have been tempted here before and before and before.
Charles Stanley
This bizarre industry presents so many paths of temptation. If you don’t have some kind of foundation, typically from family, then it will be difficult to deal with.
Elijah Wood
One should fight like the devil the temptation to think well of editors. They are all, without exception – at least some of the time, incompetent or crazy.
John Gardner
Not only did we read a lot at home, we also watched a lot of films. So I had already seen a lot of films that were about the crucifixion and the temptation of Christ, like Bible history and the Ten Commandments – stuff like that.
Tobias Forge
Neither liberal nor conservative politicians can resist the temptation to stand as mighty sequoias of rectitude amid the lowly underbrush of fundraising.
P. J. O’Rourke
That’s what I loved about Temptation Island. I don’t even know why they did it.
Kathy Griffin
The prospects for a coherent, hilarious and consistent American comedy seem to lessen every year, as the poor waterlogged, gassy corpse called ‘Evan Almighty’ proved when it floated ashore recently. So there’s a temptation to think too highly of Robin Williams’s uneven but occasionally funny ‘License to Wed.’
Stephen Hunter
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
We need a liberal agenda in which government resists the temptation to interfere in the lives of individuals but is equally determined to play an active role where creative action can advance the liberties of all.
Charles Kennedy
I’d never say no to surgery in the future, because I feel like, as I get older, I’m going to face temptation more.
Marcia Cross
There is a famous musician, Peter Gabriel, who has used my voice in the movie, ‘The Last Temptation of Christ.’ He used my song in the background.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
I always wanted to be a main eventer in pro wrestling. I lived my dream, but the excess of the ’80s and the huge money of the ’90s became a great temptation for many of us.
Scott Hall
Ever notice that the whisper of temptation can be heard farther than the loudest call to duty.
Earl Wilson
We need to resist the temptation to create more entitlements and more entitlements, which is one of the reasons we are heading recklessly toward fiscal crisis.
Jeff Sessions
Many people genuinely do not want to be saints, and it is probable that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never felt much temptation to be human beings.
George Orwell
I think anyone in a relationship has to deal with temptation if they’re being honest with themselves. People don’t talk about it very much, but it’s very honest. Guys and girls both have temptation.
Andy Grammer
Virtue is a positive quality developed by taking a firm stand for the right in temptation, or by the suffering endured in consequence of wrongdoing.
Max Heindel
Often the work of the Lord itself may be a temptation to keep us from that communion with Him which is so essential to the benefit of our own souls.
George Muller
Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again.
Robert A. Heinlein
Resist the temptation to subject yourself only to that which re-affirms what you already think.
Jake Tapper
The temptation to quit and start over infects every creative process I’ve ever been in. Frustration and boredom always fuel this self-doubt.
Robert Lopez
Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.
George Bernard Shaw
When you’re young, the temptation is maybe to think, ‘More is more.’ But a lot of the time less is more.
Daniel Ricciardo
I also think we need to maintain distinctions – the doctrine of creation is different from a scientific cosmology, and we should resist the temptation, which sometimes scientists give in to, to try to assimilate the concepts of theology to the concepts of science.
John Polkinghorne
There’s an awful temptation to just keep on researching. There comes a point where you just have to stop, and start writing.
David McCullough
You know, there’s that temptation in interviews to make yourself sound – well, to give yourself a bit of mystery.
Johnny Vegas
I can’t resist temptation of any kind.
Prue Leith
The ordeal of virtue is to resist all temptation to evil.
Thomas Malthus
When you really put your heart and soul into something, the temptation is to try to be in control of circumstances, however you can, and looking and seeing how people are responding. But I realized, early on, that that was just not going to be a healthy thing for me to do.
Matt Bomer
If it is indeed impossible – or at least very difficult – to inhabit the consciousness of an animal, then in writing about animals there is a temptation to project upon them feelings and thoughts that may belong only to our own human mind and heart.
J. M. Coetzee
We should every night call ourselves to an account: what infirmity have I mastered today? what passions opposed? what temptation resisted? what virtue acquired? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
I think it's the tendency to want to create gods and mo

I think it’s the tendency to want to create gods and monotheistic absolutes and absolute certainties that is the continual temptation in human thought – that’s the great danger. Every time we create a god, we diminish humanity.
Tony Harrison
The biggest temptation I believe is to feel comfortable, to feel like you’ve worked through all of that here on Earth, and are satisfied with this life.
Nick Vujicic
Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a movable body.
H. L. Mencken
When you’re first starting out, there’s always the temptation to hide behind distortion because it lets you get away with murder. But, when it comes to rhythm work, you’ve gotta back off that gain control a bit, especially if you’re playing with another guitarist.
Kirk Hammett
I try to avoid the temptation with time as a total indicator for what my possibilities are for the marathon. It’s the not the best indicator, but it’s more how you feel, how you cover the distance and how you are able to do the training afterward.
Ryan Hall
Victorious living does not mean freedom from temptation, nor does it mean freedom from mistakes.
E. Stanley Jones
As exercise is necessary to the development of physical muscle, so development of the moral nature is accomplished through temptation. The soul being given choice, may exercise it in whatever direction it chooses, for it learns just as well by its mistakes as by right action in the first place, perhaps even better.
Max Heindel
The force of the blow depends on the resistance. It is sometimes better not to struggle against temptation. Either fly or yield at once.
F. H. Bradley
I think there’s a temptation to try to think of people who don’t vaccinate as a homogenous community, but I’m not convinced that’s true. I’m not even sure that the word ‘community’ is totally accurate there, you know.
Eula Biss
Early on in the writing process, there is sometimes this temptation to write around the central drama instead of just aiming for the bull’s-eye. The bullseye is harder to hit, of course, but it’s so much more satisfying when you do.
J. Courtney Sullivan
Genocide is not just a murderous madness; it is, more deeply, a politics that promises a utopia beyond politics – one people, one land, one truth, the end of difference. Since genocide is a form of political utopia, it remains an enduring temptation in any multiethnic and multicultural society in crisis.
Michael Ignatieff
The travail of freedom and justice is not easy, but nothing serious and important in life is easy. The history of humanity has been a continuing struggle against temptation and tyranny – and very little worthwhile has ever been achieved without pain.
Robert Kennedy
Players who win on a clay surface are those who can control the ball, playing steadily and accurately from the back-court, keeping the ball in play and moving it around with changes of speed and spin, and resisting the temptation to over-hit.
Rod Laver
It is a temptation for me to wear all my rings at once.
Anna Held
A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
Ring Lardner
There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.
Mark Twain
The people ask much, often more than any government can give. We must resist the temptation to promise solutions to all problems.
Jane Byrne
People naturally long for a bit of the wealth that is whorling all around them, and if the work and education available to them won’t get them closer to the comforts that they see others enjoying, the temptation to take shortcuts can be fierce.
Katherine Boo
The most important thing is that we are on the right path, and we will not deviate from it, even in the face of strong temptation to choose temporary gains over long-term benefits.
Yemi Osinbajo
I think temptation is ever present to become something that you think is more socially acceptable.
Shannon Purser
The Puritans left behind so full a record of what they thought and did that scholars cannot resist the temptation to make the most of it.
Edmund Morgan
I think in YA there’s sometimes a temptation to create heroines who are infinitely resilient and wise and confident because those are the behaviors we want to see teens embrace and maybe we want to see those things in ourselves.
Leigh Bardugo
My parents taught me to react quickly when temptation comes and to say ‘No!’ instantly and emphatically. I recommend that same counsel to you. Avoid temptations.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
Never assume, no matter how strong the temptation, that other people are low-life lying manipulators without a shred of human decency.
Dinesh D’Souza
No temptation can gravitate to a man unless there is that is his heart which is capable of responding to it.
James Allen
In popular Egyptian and regional culture, women are seen as weak, easy victims to temptation in the same way Eve couldn’t resist that shiny apple in the Garden of Eden.
Richard Engel
The one thing you can’t do is get carried away with that pace and bounce. There’s a temptation to charge in and just slam the ball into the pitch and you can end up bowling too short. You still have to bowl the right length so that you threaten to take wickets.
Glenn McGrath
Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing-up, a sound set of values – and witnesses.
Franklin P. Jones
The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.
T. S. Eliot
Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.
Oscar Wilde
Once you make a movie like ‘Superbad,’ when it’s popular and you’re the lead, you get offered all kinds of things and there’s a temptation to make bad movies either for the money or to maintain your relevance in pop culture.
Jonah Hill
There is a temptation in politics to look for simplisti

There is a temptation in politics to look for simplistic slogans and to play the game in a way that looks like you’re a savvy politician.
Kathleen Wynne
I like to talk to myself ahead of time so when temptation comes, I’ve already made up my mind that I have the victory.
Joyce Meyer
Pervading nationalism imposes its dominion on man today in many different forms and with an aggressiveness that spares no one. The challenge that is already with us is the temptation to accept as true freedom what in reality is only a new form of slavery.
Pope John Paul II
Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.
Lyman Abbott
For years my wedding ring has done its job. It has led me not into temptation. It has reminded my husband numerous times at parties that it’s time to go home. It has been a source of relief to a dinner companion. It has been a status symbol in the maternity ward.
Erma Bombeck
We find many things to which the prohibition of them constitutes the only temptation.
William Hazlitt
It was a decision to work clean. I just prefer to work that way. I have no problem with comedians who don’t work that way. There was a temptation in the early ’70s to reconsider. I decided against it.
Bob Newhart
No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
These days the temptation to use steroids in sports has become too great for many young athletes.
Jim Sensenbrenner
Believe it or not, when you fast in the Spirit, God makes you more equipped to deal with hunger, irritability, and temptation.
Monica Johnson
I struggle just like everybody else struggles. It’s always a struggle in life to overcome temptation. I just try and get through it. No one is perfect.
Chris Weidman
Temptation is a woman’s weapon and man’s excuse.
H. L. Mencken
I’m not an original member, though I’m sort of an original member. I’ve been on a lot of records and took them to great heights. For them to make me the sixth Temptation is quite an honor.
Dennis Edwards
Let a man be but in earnest in praying against a temptation as the tempter is in pressing it, and he needs not proceed by a surer measure.
Robert South
It is a big temptation to me, when I create a character for a novel, to say that he is what he is because of faulty wiring, or because of microscopic amounts of chemicals which he ate or failed to eat on that particular day.
Kurt Vonnegut
In emerging markets, slow growth in the advanced economies has shut down a traditional development path: export-led growth. As a result, emerging markets have had to rely once again on domestic demand. This is always a difficult task, given the temptation to over-stimulate.
Raghuram Rajan
The whole mystery of temptation is to have sins suggested to us, and to be swept after them by a sudden enthusiasm, which sometimes feels as strong as the Spirit of God ever made in us the enthusiasm for virtue.
George A. Smith
Temptation coaxes us toward sin, and sin leads to sickness and death, and ultimately confinement in the realm of the evil one.
Frederica Mathewes-Green
I retired because I had to, not because I wanted to. The temptation to get back in the ring is very much there.
John Layfield
In Christ we see a maturity of love that flowers in self-sacrifice and forgiveness; a maturity of power that never swerves from the ideal of service; a maturity of goodness that overcomes every temptation, and, of course, we see the ultimate victory of life over death itself.
Vincent Nichols
There’s always a temptation to get in front of the camera. It’s part of my personality.
Terrell Suggs
Probably the biggest temptation that young writers face is to be entertaining, to show your bag of tricks and do a bit of tap dancing. I read a lot of things, and I keep seeing this brocade of voice where someone is trying to be too pally with you or ingratiating on the page.
Teju Cole
‘Ernest Borgnine’ is sort of my version of Woody Allen’s ‘Purple Rose Of Cairo’ in that it’s about the occasional difficulty of coming to terms with the cold hard facts and the temptation to escape into another world – like movies, for example. I’m a pro at escaping.
John Grant
The first temptation, upon meeting an old friend after many years, is always to – look the other way.
Ugo Betti
Today, we live in a time of threats like few others in recent memory. During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation. No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.
Nikki Haley
Even the acceptance of personal responsibility may not overcome the temptation to believe that now is not the time to repent. ‘Now’ can seem so difficult, and ‘later’ appear so much easier. The truth is that today is always a better day to repent than any tomorrow.
Henry B. Eyring
I have learned that as an artist, I cannot succumb to the temptation to please others.
Kiana Madeira
The experiments show quite clearly that, as you resist more and more temptation, you’re actually more and more likely to fail.
Dan Ariely
Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is; we’ll find it.
Sam Levenson
I am lucky, I don’t have aches and pains. I do Pilates regularly, which is a series of stretching exercises, and I recommend it to anyone of my age because the temptation is not to exercise when you get older. Well, you should.
Ian Mckellen
Some are wrong because they are not strong enough to fight temptation and some some are wrong because they do not know.
Arsene Wenger
Sometimes it's just 'Oh my God, I love the taste of fri

Sometimes it’s just ‘Oh my God, I love the taste of fried oysters on French bread with mayonnaise and an order of French fries.’ I’m not going to lie to you – I deal with that temptation every single day, many times.
Richard Simmons
Sometimes it’s hard to eat healthy on the road, especially on the days when we play fairs and festivals! There is lots of fried temptation there, and it’s hard for this Southern girl to turn down some good fried food.
Kimberly Schlapman
Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.
Rita Mae Brown
The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.
Thomas Merton
At one time or another, we have all faced the temptation to disconnect by giving someone the silent treatment. After being married to Joel for more than twenty-one years, I have learned that is not the best way to handle a disagreement.
Victoria Osteen
Temptation to behave is terrible.
Bertolt Brecht
There was a lot of temptation to do lots of bad things in my neighborhood.
Gary Payton
What makes resisting temptation difficult for many people is they don’t want to discourage it completely.
Franklin P. Jones
As first and foremost a character actor, I’ve always resisted the temptation to cure any of the people I’ve played or make them lovable in any way; you’ve just got to celebrate them for what they are.
Martin Clunes
A revolution is not a painless march to the gates of freedom and justice. It is a struggle between rage and hope, between the temptation to destroy and the desire to build.
Hisham Matar
People have to realize that just because you’re a Christian, it doesn’t mean that you’re perfect, because every once in a while everyone stumbles. Living by faith is about when you do mess up, getting back up, brushing yourself off, and keep trying to improve where you mess up or where you have temptation.
Tim Tebow
For me, temptation is life and I have a gargantuan appetite for everything.
Felix Dennis
There is a temptation for an actor to editorialize what they’re doing. And you can’t do that with Pinter. It’s almost like a musical score. His lines are so specific, but they can mean different things to different people, like an alternating current.
Peter Riegert
Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in gay, fine colours, that are but skin-deep.
Matthew Henry
Temptation’s something you have to deal with even if you’re not famous. It’s harder when you’re famous because it’s a lot more in your face, and that makes it a little more difficult to walk away from sometimes.
Denis Leary
People are fascinated with eternal life and physical power – the idea of having no vulnerability. We all feel small and powerless in the world at times, so the temptation to be a vampire is compelling.
Alexandra Cassavetes