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    Our consumer-oriented economy wouldn't survive without economic growth. The whole mechanism depends on invention and insinuation of novelties, arousing new wants, seduction and temptation. This is the problem we face - much more than recapitalizing the banks. The question is: Is that kind of economy sustainable?
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    Integrity is hard work. I do think the Internet makes it harder because of the temptations of performance. You can perform and have integrity, but it's easier just to perform.
    — Zephyr Teachout
    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.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    I seemed like a baby bird keeping its truly innocent animal lusts hidden under its wing. I was being tempted, not by the desire of possession, but simply by unadorned temptation itself.
    — Yukio Mishima
    Humans cannot reject temptation. When they are plunged into the depths of despair, likened to hell, they will hold on to anything that may help them escape from the situation they are in, even if it's merely a spider's thread, no matter what sort of humans they are.
    — Yana Toboso
    tags: hell  despair  help  temptation 
     
    History shows us a lot of things. It shows why the Lord's Prayer includes the supplication: "And lead us not into temptation." In my day, dissertations were still written by hand, or drummed out with a typewriter. In the past, you had to round up the literature, find the books and find the passages. Nowadays you click on Wikipedia or Google and you have everything you need. This probably makes it more difficult to resist temptation.
    — Wolfgang Schauble
    Temptation rarely comes in working hours. It is in their leisure time that men are made or marred.
    — William Taylor
    tags: time  men  temptation  leisure 
     
    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.
    — William Sloane Coffin
    I am overwhelmed by an irresistible temptation to do my climb by moonlight and unroped. This is contrary to all my rock climbing teaching & does not mean poor training, but only a strong-headedness.
    — William Shockley
    Most of the temptations that come to us to sell the soul come in connection with the getting of money.
    — William Jennings Bryan
    tags: soul  money  sell  temptation 
     
    Our generation, like the one before us, must choose. Without the threat of the Cold War, without the pain of economic ruin, without the fresh memory of World War II's slaughter, it is tempting to pursue our private agendas - to simply sit back and let history unfold. We must resist the temptation.
    — William J. Clinton
    The concept of military necessity is seductively broad, and has a dangerous plasticity. Because they invariably have the visage of overriding importance, there is always a temptation to invoke security "necessities" to justify an encroachment upon civil liberties. For that reason, the military-security argument must be approached with a healthy skepticism.
    — William J. Brennan
    Where there is no free agency, there can be no morality. Where there is no temptation, there can be little claim to virtue. Where the routine is rigorously proscribed by law, the law, and not the man, must have the credit of the conduct.
    — William H. Prescott
    tags: men  morality  law  virtue  temptation 
     
    If death itself were to die, would it have a ghost, and would the ghost of death visit the dead in the guise of someone alive, if only to fright them from any temptation to return?
    — William H. Gass
    tags: death  die  ghost  temptation 
     
    We know nothing of the trials, sorrows and temptations of those around us, of pillows wet with sobs, of the life-tragedy that may be hidden behind a smile, of the secret cares, struggles, and worries that shorten life and leave their mark in hair prematurely whitened, and a character changed and almost recreated in a few days. Let us not dare to add to the burden of another the pain of our judgment.
    — William George Jordan
    Nor is it the least advantage to health, accruing from such a way of life, that it expose those who follow it to fewer temptations to vice, than persons who live in crowded society.
    — William Falconer
    A man may quarrel with himself alone; that is, by controverting his better instincts and knowledge when brought face to face with temptation.
    — William Ellery Channing
    tags: men  temptation  instinct 
     
    God tested Abraham. Temptation is not meant to make us fail; it is meant to confront us with a situation out of which we emerge stronger than we were. Temptation is not the penalty of manhood; it is the glory of manhood.
    — William Barclay
    tags: god  manhood  temptation 
     
    Soul's Castle fell at one blast of temptation, But many a worm had pierced the foundation.
    — William Allingham
    tags: soul  temptation 
     
    If each man or woman could understand that every other human life is as full of sorrows, or joys, or base temptations, of heartaches and of remorse as his own . . . how much kinder, how much gentler he would be.
    — William Allen White
    Resist the temptation to compare yourself to others. This is crucial in order to be able to manifest whatever you want.
    — Wayne Dyer
    tags: temptation 
     
    Beware of the temptation to see yourself as unfairly treated.
    — Wayne Dyer
    tags: temptation 
     
    Mere mental assimilation of these truths cannot withstand temptation, however. The revelation of God is positively essential. The Spirit of God must reveal how we are in Christ and how we are united with Him in one.
    — Watchman Nee
    There is no arguing with the pretenders to a divine knowledge and to a divine mission. They are possessed with the sin of pride, they have yielded to the perennial temptation.
    — Walter Lippmann
    tags: divine  sin  pride  temptation 
     
    Men have been barbarians much longer than they have been civilized. They are only precariously civilized, and within us there is the propensity, persistent as the force of gravity, to revert under stress and strain, under neglect or temptation, to our first natures.
    — Walter Lippmann
    It's a hard life sometimes and the biggest temptation is to let how hard it is be an excuse to weaken
    — Walter Dean Myers
    tags: temptation 
     
    It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.
    — Walter Bagehot
    tags: temptation 
     
    God grant you the strength to fight off the temptations of surrender.
    — Walter Annenberg
    Out of the temptation of Hate, and burned by the fire of Despair, triumphant over Doubt, and steeled by Sacrifice against Humiliation, . . . He bent to all the gibes and prejudices, to all hatred and discrimination with that rare courtesy which is the armor of pure souls. . . . he simply worked, inspiring the young, rebuking the old, helping the weak, guiding the strong.
    — W. E. B. Du Bois
    ...in any land, in any country under modern free competition, to lay any class of weak and despised people, be they white, black, or blue, at the political mercy of their stronger, richer, and more resourceful fellows, is a temptation which human nature seldom has withstood and seldom will withstand.
    — W. E. B. Du Bois
    In Christ we see a maturity of love that flowers in self-sacrifice and forgiveness; a maturity of power that never swerves from the ideal of service; a maturity of goodness that overcomes every temptation, and, of course, we see the ultimate victory of life over death itself.
    — Vincent Nichols
    [I]t is the maxim of the saints that when a matter has been decided in the presence of God after many prayers and the seeking of advice, we must reject and consider as a temptation whatever is suggested to the contrary.
    — Vincent de Paul
    tags: advice  god  prayer  temptation 
     
    Scandal often does as much harm to the listeners as to those who devise it, even if it were to do no other harm than disturb the mind, as it does, and give rise to temptations to speak or write about it to others.
    — Vincent de Paul
    tags: mind  write  temptation 
     
    It is no wonder you are tempted; on the contrary, it would be something new if you were not, because man's life is nothing but temptation, and no one is exempt from it, especially those who have given themselves to God; his own Son even passed through this trial. But if it is necessary for everyone, it is also a source of merit for those to whom God grants the grace of turning all things to good, as you do.
    — Vincent de Paul
    tags: grace  wonder  god  son  temptation 
     
    . . . It is God's plan that those who are to help others spiritually fall into the temptations of mind and body by which others can be tormented. . . . Scorn both these evil suggestions and the wickedness of their author, who is the devil.
    — Vincent de Paul
    tags: evil  body  help  devil  god  mind  author  temptation 
     
    In spite of all temptations of belonging to many nations, I've remained an Indian.
    — Vikram Seth
    tags: temptation 
     
    However, there is one great temptation and that is that you can forget that the aim of the writer was to reject all other worlds and to construct one of his own and that the aim of the translator is to re-embody himself into the world of the various writers.
    — Ventseslav Konstantinov
    tags: world  temptation 
     
    If thou least fallen into sin through violent temptations, seek speedily for repentance for it, recovery out of it, and reformation from it.
    — Vavasor Powell
    I invite all to trust in the merits and in the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Through His atoning sacrifice, we can gain the courage to win all the wars of our time, even in the midst of our difficulties, challenges, and temptations. Let us trust in His #"Ž love and power to save.
    — Ulisses Soares
    The first temptation, upon meeting an old friend after many years, is always to - look the other way.
    — Ugo Betti
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