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temptation Quotes

Eight of the best book quotes about temptation
  1. #1
    “You are wise and powerful. Will you not take the Ring?”
    “No!” cried Gandalf, springing to his feet. “With that power I should have power too great and terrible. And over me the Ring would gain a power still greater and more deadly.” His eyes flashed and his face was lit as by a fire within. “Do not tempt me! For I do not wish to become like the Dark Lord himself. Yet the way of the Ring to my heart is by pity, pity for weakness and the desire of strength to do good. Do not tempt me! I dare not take it, not even to keep it safe, unused. The wish to wield it would be too great for my strength. I shall have such need of it. Great perils lie before me.”
  2. #2
    “Knowing was a temptation. What you don’t know won’t tempt you.”
  3. #3
    The temptation of the age is to look good without being good.
  4. #4
    “Strange as my circumstances were, the terms of this debate
    are as old and commonplace as man; much the same inducements and
    alarms cast the die for any tempted and trembling sinner; and it
    fell out with me, as it falls with so vast a majority of my
    fellows, that I chose the better part and was found wanting in the
    strength to keep to it.”
  5. #5
    “He was not a monster, to her. Probably he had some endearing trait: he whistled, off key, in the shower, he had a yen for truffles, he called his dog Liebchen and made it sit up for little pieces of raw steak. How easy it is to invent a humanity, for anyone at all. What an available temptation.”
  6. #6
    By making himself a priest made himself a demon.
  7. #7
    But alas, if I have not maintained my victory, it is God’s fault for not making man and the devil of equal strength.
  8. #8
    It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.
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