Category Archives: TEMPTATION

“The bitterest of woes Is to remember in our wretchedness Old happy times . Francesca da Rimini

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Search for beauty without features, something deeper than any signs.

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“Her appetite for lust became so flagrant
That she made lewdness licit with her laws
To free her from the blame her vice incurred.

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“O misery,
How many the sweet thoughts, how much yearning
Has led these two to this heartbroken pass!”

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Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice. ~Lyman Abbott

 

 

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“Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can indeed present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap, however, is self-rejection. As soon as someone accuses me or criticizes me, as soon as I am rejected, left alone, or abandoned, I find myself thinking, “Well, that proves once again that I am a nobody.” … [My dark side says,] I am no good… I deserve to be pushed aside, forgotten, rejected, and abandoned. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the “Beloved.” Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.”

― Henri J.M. Nouwen

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Necromantics

Seven the things that tempt us,
Nine the time of day,
Two the distance between us
And there is one way.

Green the thought love rests in,
White the thought that parts,
Black the shadow tests us
With our destroying arts.

A sign is enough to live by,
A shape we make in air;
A long line of time we follow.
Does it lead us anywhere?

ERN O’MALLEY

http://www.ernmalley.com/harris_poetry.html

 

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The naked truth is always better than the best dressed lie. ~Ann Landers

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“I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”

― Maya Angelou

A fly that dances carelessly in front of a spider’s web, risks the wrath of the spider’s teeth.

(African Proverb)

http://www.inspirationalstories.com/proverbs/t/about-spider/

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In the spider-web of facts, many a truth is strangled. 

~Paul Eldridge

Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address.

~Lane Olinghouse

http://www.gadel.info/2011/07/temptation-quotes-sayings-and-proverbs.html

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“Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things… I am tempted to think… there are no little things.”

Bruce Barton

I can’t help flying up on the wings of anticipation. It’s as glorious as soaring through a sunset – almost pays for the thud.”

― L.M. Montgomery

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Many live in dread of what is coming. Why should we? The unknown puts adventure into life. … The unexpected around the corner gives a sense of anticipation and surprise. Thank God for the unknown future.
E. Stanley Jones

When prodigals return great things are done.

A.A. Dowty

 

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“No matter how many sins you make or how slow you travel back toward God’s valley, you are still way ahead of a person who never made a mistake and doesn’t know what it is like to climb out of a pit of shame and rise above their temptations.”

― Shannon L. Alder

I wonder if pain comes from surrendering or resisting?”

― Donna Lynn Hope

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Temptations are as thick as the leaves of the forest, and no one can be out of the reach of temptation unless he is dead. The great thing is to make people intelligent enough and strong enough, not to keep away from temptation, but to resist it.

ROBERT G. INGERSOLL, “How to Reform Mankind,” Works

http://www.notable-quotes.com/t/temptation_quotes.html

 

Life is sometimes sad and often dull, but there are currants in the cake, and here is one of them.

 

Nancy Mitford, The Pursuit of Love

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“Mma Ramotswe sighed. ‘We are all tempted, Mma. We are all tempted when it comes to cake.’

That is true,’ said Mma Potokwane sadly. ‘There are many temptations in this life, but cake is probably one of the biggest of them.”
― Alexander McCall Smith, In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.

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“As we experience this love, there is a temptation at times to become hostile to our earlier understandings, feeling embarrassed that we were so "simple" or "naive," or "brainwashed" or whatever terms arise when we haven’t come to terms with our own story. These past understandings aren’t to be denied or dismissed; they’re to be embraced. Those experiences belong. Love demands that they belong. That’s where we were at that point in our life and God met us there. Those moments were necessary for us to arrive here, at this place at this time, as we are. Love frees us to embrace all of our history, the history in which all things are being made new.”

Rob Bell, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived

“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” C.S. Lewis

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“Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour … If at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?”

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

We build too many walls and not enough bridges. Isaac Newton

http://www.salsa.net/peace/walls/quotes.html

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Learn to be The unmingling River, flowing through the sea Of this World’s brackish waters. Thou too, keep Thy course unbroken ‘mid the briny deep Of all its lures, its lusts and vanity.

"Moral Emblems, with Aphorisms, Adages, and Proverbs, of All Ages and Nations"

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There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed. Buddha

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He longed for the gold bracelets and was caught by the tiger !

The story is told in the Panchatantra. A certain tiger grew too old to hunt and was dying of hunger, when he thought of a device for securing a meal, and wove a bracelet of yellow grass round his paw. A Brahman who came that way saw the bracelet and believing it to be gold, coveted it. The tiger, who professed intense penitence for all his former sins, declared that he would give the bracelet to the Brahman, if he would take it. The Brahman led by his avarice approached to take the gift, and was killed and eaten by the tiger.

"A classified collection of Tamil proverbs"

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