Quotation Explorer - 'Tempted'

We know that in the attempt to be freed of the enemy without, we can be tempted to feed the enemy within. To imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place. - Pope Francis
There are things done so badly that one is tempted to think that there is an intention behind. - Luigina Sgarro
Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats. - H. L. Mencken
When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?' - Sidney J. Harris
Sometimes when I'm faced with an atheist, I am tempted to invite him to the greatest gourmet dinner that one could ever serve, and when we have finished eating that magnificent dinner, to ask him if he believes there's a cook. - Ronald Reagan
I say illusion of choice because, in many cases, the nature of their choices hardly reaches the level of will, but of merely perfunctory activity. For the most part, their desires are not too strong, they are too weak, apathetic and easily placated. They often can be tempted into doing Nothing. - Geoffrey Wood
I tell you, I'm half tempted to break into CIA custody just so I can break Joe Solomon out of CIA custody just so I can break Joe Solomon - Ally Carter Only the Good Spy Young
The true artist plays mad with his soul, labors at the very lip of the volcano, but remembers and clings to his purpose, which is as strong as the dream. He is not someone possessed, like Cassandra, but a passionate, easily tempted explorer who fully intends to get home again, like Odysseus. - John Gardner
For a moment David was tempted to think that perhaps there were no good people at all outside concentration camps, but then he reminded himself of the sailor and Angelo and the English people who might have been ignorant but were certainly not bad. - Anne Holm
Always do good when you're tempted to do evil. The reward in doing good is priceless. - Kemi Sogunle
He that cannot decidedly say, "No," when tempted to evil, is on the highway to ruin. He loses the respect even of those who would tempt him, and becomes but the pliant tool and victim of their evil designs.
He that is busy is tempted by but one devil; he that is idle, by a legion. - Thomas Fuller
Contrary to what phenomenology—which is always phenomenology of perception—has tried to make us believe, contrary to what our desire cannot fail to be tempted into believing, the thing itself always escapes. - Jacques Derrida
One is almost tempted to say... at last I can almost see a bond. But that will never be, for a bond does not really exist at all: it is a most convenient fiction which, as we have seen, is convenient both to experimental and theoretical chemists. - Charles Coulson
When you settle for anything short of the best life God wants to offer you, then you have been tempted to remain safe and the accountability for not changing your life becomes your prison of regret. - Shannon L. Alder
One is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason. - Oscar Wilde
A young writer is easily tempted by the allusive and ethereal and ironic and reflective, but the declarative is at the bottom of most good writing. - Garrison Keillor
Anyone who prays for the death of his enemy must consider who tempted Jesus Christ, the persecution of the apostles and the Psalm 23 of David - Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
Not even a hand-stitched suit could hide a body gone ruinously to seed. I was tempted to offer some fashion advice, but I didn't think he'd welcome the news that this year, bellies are being worn inside the trousers - Val McDermid
When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "compared to what?" - Sydney J. Harris
You can't be tempted, unless you want what is tempting you. - Shannon L. Alder
People will always be tempted to wipe their feet on anything with ‘welcome’ written on it. - Andy Partridge
Travel is like adultery; one is always tempted to be unfaithful to one's own country. To have imagination is inevitably to be dissatisfied with where you live...in our wanderlust, we are lovers looking for consummation. - Anatole Broyard
Cheer up, make every endeavor worthwhile and never get tempted to take away the privilege to smile because life deserves joy and laughter. - Cesar Gealogo
I committed mistakes many times, fall short, tempted and diverted but able to reconfigure my direction because of God's loving mercy. - Nathaniel E. Quimada
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