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No man, without trials and temptations, can attain a true understanding of the Holy Scriptures. - John Bunyan Quotes
No man, without trials and temptations, can attain a true understanding of the Holy Scriptures.
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If God has called you, the more they block your way, the more that trouble and temptation, the more God's love is provoked. Each attempt to stop you asks for more evidence from God.
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I hate endings. Just detest them. Beginnings are definitely the most exciting, middles are perplexing and endings are a disaster. … The temptation towards resolution, towards wrapping up the package, seems to me a terrible trap. Why not be more honest with the moment? The most authentic endings are the ones which are already revolving towards another beginning. That’s genius.
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Temptations, of course, cannot be avoided, but because we cannot prevent the birds from flying over our heads, there is no need that we should let them nest in our hair.
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When you're not happy, you need to be strong to change, resisting the temptation of turning back. The weak goes nowhere
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Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in.
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If we do not abide in prayer, we will abide in temptation. - John Owen Quotes
If we do not abide in prayer, we will abide in temptation.
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Do not be tempted to invest in a sample of each golfing invention as soon as it makes its appearance. If you do, you will only complicate and spoil your game - and encumber your locker with useless rubbish.
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Women have traditionally been either put on pedestals or damned as the source of all sexual temptation and sin. These are two sides of the same coin, since both place women in a nonhuman role. Playboy has opposed these warped sexual values and, in so doing, helped women step down from their pedestals and enjoy their natural sexuality as much as men.
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Every temptation that is resisted, every evil thought that is curbed, every desire that is subdued, every bitter word that is withheld, every noble aspiration that is encouraged, every sublime thought that is cultivated, adds to the development of will-force, good character, and attainment of eternal bliss and immortality.
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It often happens that we pray God to deliver us from some dangerous temptation, and yet that God does not hear us, but permits the temptation to continue troubling us. In such a case, let us understand that God permits even this for our greater good.
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But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
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Speaking of a future at most only decades away, an experimenter in intelligence control asserted, “I foresee a time when we shall have the means and therefore, inevitably, the temptation to manipulate the behavior and intellectual functioning of all the people through environmental and biochemical manipulation of the brain.
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A standing army is like a standing member. It's an excellent assurance of domestic tranquility, but a dangerous temptation to foreign adventure.
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Holiness is not freedom from temptation, but power to overcome temptation. - G. Campbell Morgan Quotes
Holiness is not freedom from temptation, but power to overcome temptation.
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Prayer is a virtue that prevaileth against all temptations. - Bernard of Clairvaux Quotes
Prayer is a virtue that prevaileth against all temptations.
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Plainness has its peculiar temptations and vices quite as much as beauty. - George Eliot Quotes
Plainness has its peculiar temptations and vices quite as much as beauty.
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We all have the temptation to be backseat drivers when it comes to decisions that don't work out the way we want.
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Virtue is nothing without the trial of temptation, for there is no conflict without an enemy, no victory without strife.
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There is a burden of care in getting riches; fear in keeping them; temptation in using them; guilt in abusing them; sorrow in losing them; and a burden of account at last to be given concerning them.
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Temptations, when we meet them at first, are as the lion that reared upon Samson; but if we overcome them, the next time we see them we shall find a nest of honey within them.
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If you play with temptation do not expect God will deliver you - Mary Slessor Quotes
If you play with temptation do not expect God will deliver you
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As soon as one promises not to do something, it becomes the one thing above all others that one most wishes to do.
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The cyclone derives its powers from a calm center. So does a person. - Norman Vincent Peale Quotes
The cyclone derives its powers from a calm center. So does a person.
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Today, the greatest challenge facing American evangelicals is not persecution from the world, but seduction by the world.
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If your enemies see that you grow courageous, and that you will neither be seduced by flatteries nor disheartened by the pains and trials of your journey, but rather are contented with them, they will grow afraid of you.
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The devil doesn't come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns. He comes as everything you've ever wished for.
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Were you to ask what are the means of overcoming temptations, I would answer: The first means is prayer; the second is prayer; the third is prayer; and you should you ask me a thousand times, I would repeat the same.
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Knowledge of God's Word is a bulwark against deception, temptation, accusation, even persecution. - Edwin Louis Cole Quotes
Knowledge of God's Word is a bulwark against deception, temptation, accusation, even persecution.
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Being a poet is one of the unhealthier jobs--no regular hours, so many temptations! - Elizabeth Bishop Quotes
Being a poet is one of the unhealthier jobs--no regular hours, so many temptations!
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When you do the right thing, enjoy it! When you take positive actions, enjoy them. After all, they are leading you toward positive results. Pat yourself on the back. Truly enjoy the fact that you're making positive progress, and the negative temptations will have no power over you.
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Flee idleness... for no one is more exposed to such temptations than he who has nothing to do. - Robert Bellarmine Quotes
Flee idleness... for no one is more exposed to such temptations than he who has nothing to do.
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Temptation can be tormenting, but remember: The torment of temptation to sin is nothing to compare with the torment of the consequences of sin. Remorse and regret cannot compensate for sin....though sins can be forgiven immediately - the consequences can last a lifetime
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There are in truth three states of the converted: the beginning, the middle, and the perfection. In the beginning they experience the charms of sweetness; in the middle the contests of temptation; and in the end the fullness of perfection.
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Temptation and testing (or a trial) are two sides of the same coin. Satan uses an occasion or a person to tempt us to fall; God uses the same to try us and make us stronger.
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If, in looking at the lives of princes, courtiers, men of rank and fashion, we must perforce depict them as idle, profligate, and criminal, we must make allowances for the rich men's failings, and recollect that we, too, were very likely indolent and voluptuous, had we no motive for work, a mortal's natural taste for pleasure, and the daily temptation of a large income. What could a great peer, with a great castle and park, and a great fortune, do but be splendid and idle?
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Writing an upbeat aphorism is a temptation, but decorum forbids. - Mason Cooley Quotes
Writing an upbeat aphorism is a temptation, but decorum forbids.
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To tempt, and to be tempted, are things very nearly allied, and, in spite of the finest maxims of morality impressed upon the mind, whenever feeling has anything to do in the matter, no sooner is it excited than we have already gone vastly farther than we are aware of, and I have yet to learn how it is possible to prevent its being excited.
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The dangerous temptation of wildlife films is that they can lull us into thinking we can get by without the original models -- that we might not need animals in the flesh.
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A trustworthy marriage has weathered temptation and anger and jealousy, resentment, self-righteousness and a little bit of selfishness. When you get over and get through that, then maybe you can see the light to love.
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Avoid the temptation to work so hard that there is no time left for serious thinking. - Francis Crick Quotes
Avoid the temptation to work so hard that there is no time left for serious thinking.
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These days the temptation to use steroids in sports has become too great for many young athletes. - Jim Sensenbrenner Quotes
These days the temptation to use steroids in sports has become too great for many young athletes.
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For every great temptation there will be many small ones. Wolves and bears are more dangerous than flies, but we are bothered most by flies.
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Most investors are pretty smart. Yet most investors also remain heavily invested in actively managed stock funds. This is puzzling. The temptation, of course, is to dismiss these folks as ignorant fools. But I suspect these folks know the odds are stacked against them, and yet they are more than happy to take their chances.
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This is the great work of a man: always to take the blame for his own sins before God, and toexpect temptation to his last breath.
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I have found that people who can successfully resist temptation invariably lead depressingly stunted lives.
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Satan gives Adam an apple, and takes away paradise. Therefore in all temptations consider not what he offers, but what we shall lose.
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Temptations come, as a general rule, when they are sought. - Margaret Oliphant Quotes
Temptations come, as a general rule, when they are sought.
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It is a human inclination to hope things will work out, despite evidence or doubt to the contrary. A successful manager must resist this temptation.
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If Christ justifies you, He will sanctify you! He will not save you and leave you in your sins. - Robert Murray M'Cheyne Quotes
If Christ justifies you, He will sanctify you! He will not save you and leave you in your sins.
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Expect temptation to your last breath. - Anthony the Great Quotes
Expect temptation to your last breath.
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You must hand yourself and all your inward experiences, your temptations, your temperament, your frames and feelings, all over into the care of your God, and leave them there. He made you and therefore He understands you, and knows how to manage you, and you must trust Him to do it.
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There is a subtle danger that leads people away from religion, prevents them from submitting to God as their Lord, and ultimately, brings numerous other forms of trouble and distress upon them. This danger is ROMANTICISM, which leads people to live, not according to their reason, but according to their emotions; that is, according to their desires, hatreds, their susceptibility to temptations and their whims.
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Your temptations are from the devil and from Hell; but your sufferings and afflictions are from God and Heaven.
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Hard to say what's right when all I wanna do is wrong. - Prince Quotes
Hard to say what's right when all I wanna do is wrong.
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I won't stick around to see how much temptation I can take. God is not impressed with my ability to stand up to sin. He is more impressed by the obedience I show when I run from it.
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I didn't want to think about a project that I couldn't finish. That's a kind of temptation. One has to realize one's limitations. Why kid yourself? 
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A good portrait is incredibly hard to create, there is too much temptation to pander to the individual rather than portray them as they really were
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I'm here today to warn you: I want you to watch out for the adversary. Guard yourself from any spirit of entitlement. Restrain any and all subtle temptation to gain attention or to find ways to promote yourself.
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I am, as ever, a poor sinner, a captive of eternal love, running by the side of His triumphal chariot, and I have no desire to be anything else as long as I live.
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The temptation to moralize is strong; it is emotionally satisfying to have enemies rather than problems, to seek out culprits rather than the flaws in the system.
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Most (Christians) have an ungrounded trust in Christ, hoping that He will pardon, justify and save them, while the world has their hearts, and they live to the flesh. And this trust they take as justifying faith.
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The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason. - T. S. Eliot Quotes
The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.
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Every age has its temptations, its weaknesses, its dangers. Ours is in the line of the snobbish and the sordid.
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And O! be sure to fear the Lord alway, And mind your duty, duly, morn and night; Lest in temptation's path ye gang astray, Implore His counsel and assisting might: They never sought in vain that sought the Lord aright.
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God designs that those whom He sanctifies...shall tarry awhile in this present evil world, that their own experience of temptations may teach them how great the deliverance is, which God has wrought for them.
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Bait is made to look SO good you OVERlook the trap. Whether scratched or scarred you ALWAYS get hurt giving in to Temptation.
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Realize that enough hidden strength lies within you to overcome all obstacles and temptations. Bring forth that indomitable power and energy.
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The temptation to believe that the Universe is the product of some sort of design, a manifestation of subtle aesthetic and mathematical judgment, is overwhelming. The belief that there is "something behind it all" is one that I personally share with, I suspect, a majority of physicists.
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Temptations and occasions put nothing into a man, but only draw out what was in him before. - John Owen Quotes
Temptations and occasions put nothing into a man, but only draw out what was in him before.
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The riches of His free grace cause me daily to triumph over all the temptations of the wicked one, who is very vigilant, and seeks all occasions to disturb me.
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All our afflictions, all our temptations are to make heaven more desirable, and earth more loathsome.
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You can fix things with digital technology and there's a temptation to fix everything or make it perfect and what you're losing there is the human performance that may not be perfect but there may be magic in it. You can make it perfect but music doesn't sound good perfect for some reason.
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The world can be a challenging and difficult place in which to live. We are often surrounded by that which would drag us down. As you and I go to the holy houses of God, as we remember the covenants we make within, we will be more able to bear every trial and to overcome each temptation. In this sacred sanctuary we will find peace; we will be renewed and fortified.
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Temptation is necessary to make us realize that we are nothing in ourselves. - Josemaria Escriva Quotes
Temptation is necessary to make us realize that we are nothing in ourselves.
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There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable. - Mark Twain Quotes
There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.
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My Christmas prayer is that I would remain close to God, and He close to me. With all the suffering in the world today, there is the temptation to fall to fear… we need to be near the Lord.. we need the Hope of Christmas.
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True Christians are assured that no temptation (or trial) shall happen to them but what they shall be enabled to bear; and that the grace of Christ shall be sufficient for them.
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God delights in our temptations and yet hates them. He delights in them when they drive us to prayer; he hates them when they drive us to despair.
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Let our posterity know that we their ancestors, uncultured and unlearned, amid all trials and temptations, were men of integrity.
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