|Why comes temptation but for man to meet|
And master and make crouch beneath his foot,
And so be pedestaled in triumph?
Robert BrowningThe Ring and the Book. The Pope. L. 1,185.
|Whats done we partly may compute,|
But know not whats resisted.
BurnsAddress to Unco Guid. St. 8.
| I may not here omit those two main plagues, and common dotages of human kind, wine and women, which have infatuated and besotted myriads of people: they go commonly together.|
BurtonAnatomy of Melancholy. Pt. I. Sec. II. Memb. 3. Subsect. XIII.
|So you tell yourself you are pretty fine clay|
To have tricked temptation and turned it away,
But wait, my friend, for a different day;
Wait till you want to want to!
Edmund Vance CookeDesire.
|The devil tempts us nottis we tempt him,|
Reckoning his skill with opportunity.
George EliotFelix Holt. Ch. XLVII.
|Entbehren sollst du! sollst entbehren.|
Thou shalt abstain,
GoetheFaust. I. 4.
| Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in fine gay colours, that are but skin-deep.|
Matthew HenryCommentaries. Genesis. III.
|Temptations hurt not, though they have accesse;|
Satan oercomes none but by willingnesse.
| Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life.|
James. I. 12.
| Honest bread is very wellits the butter that makes the temptation.|
Douglas JerroldThe Catspaw.
|Get thee behind me, Satan.|
Matthew. XVI. 23.
|But Satan now is wiser than of yore,|
And tempts by making rich, not making poor.
PopeMoral Essays. Ep. III. L. 351.
|Bell, book and candle shall not drive me back,|
When gold and silver becks me to come on.
King John. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 12.
|How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds|
Makes ill deeds done!
King John. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 219.
|Devils soonest tempt, resembling spirits of light.|
Loves Labours Lost. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 257.
|I am that way going to temptation,|
Where prayers cross.
Measure for Measure. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 158.
| Most dangerous|
Is that temptation that doth goad us on
To sin in loving virtue.
Measure for Measure. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 181.
|To beguile many and be beguild by one.|
Othello. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 98.
|Knowst thou not any whom corrupting gold|
Would tempt unto a close exploit of death?
Richard III. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 34.
| Sometimes we are devils to ourselves,|
When we will tempt the frailty of our powers,
Presuming on their changeful potency.
Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 4. L. 97.
| 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.|
Bishop South. Vol. VI. Sermon 10.
|Couldst thou boast, O child of weakness!|
Oer the sons of wrong and strife,
Were their strong temptations planted
In thy path of life?
WhittierWhat the Voice Said.