Temptation Quotes

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Enduring Temptation

"Enduring temptation is one of the greatest challenges. Jesus endured temptation but yielded not. (See Mosiah 15:5 Christ withstood because He gave 'no heed' to temptations. (D&C 20:22.) You and I tend to dally over and dabble in temptations, entertaining them for a while, even if we later evict them. However, to give temptations any heed can set the stage for later succumbing."

Neal A. Maxwell, "Endure It Well," Ensign, May 1990, p. 34

"Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or Vice."

Lyman Abbott

"Darkness comes. In the middle of it, the future looks blank. The temptation to quit is huge. Don't. You are in good company... You will argue with yourself that there is no way forward. But with God, nothing is impossible. He has more ropes and ladders and tunnels out of pits than you can conceive. Wait. Pray without ceasing. Hope."

John Piper

"Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in gay, fine colours, that are but skin-deep."

Matthew Henry

Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in gay, fine colours, that are but skin-deep.

Matthew Henry

"The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little."

Thomas Merton

Idleness is a constant sin, and labor is a duty. Idleness is the devil's home for temptation and for unprofitable, distracting musings; while labor profit others and ourselves.

Anne Baxter

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

"No temptation can gravitate to a man unless there is that is his heart which is capable of responding to it."

James Allen

"Obedience brings peace in decision making. If we have firmly made up our minds to follow the commandments, we will not have to redecide which path to take when temptation comes our way."

James E. Faust

President George Albert Smith, shared the following counsel from his grandfather:

“There is a line of demarcation well defined between the Lord’s territory and the devil’s territory. If you will stay on the Lord’s side of the line you will be under His influence and will have no desire to do wrong; but if you cross to the devil’s side of that line one inch, you are in the tempter’s power and if he is successful, you will not be able to think or even reason properly because you will have lost the Spirit of the Lord.”

"Stay on the Lord's Side of the Line" - Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith, Chapter 18.