November 5

WHY comes temptation but for man to meet,
And master and make crouch beneath his feet,
And so be pedestaled in triumph ?
Robert Browning


THE way to argue down a vice is, not to tell lies about it—to say that it has no attractions, when everybody knows that it has—but rather to let it make out its case, just as it certainly will in the moment of temptation, and then meet it with the weapons furnished by the Divine armoury.
Oliver Wendell Holmes


TO avoid an occasion for our virtues is a worse degree of failure than to push forward pluckily and make a fall. It is lawful to pray God that we be not led into temptation, but not lawful to skulk from those that come to us.
Robert Louis Stevenson


IF we cannot at once rise to the sanctities of obedience and faith, let us at least resist our temptations.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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