I can resist everything except temptation.
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, stringent are they; inviolate they shall be...with my veins running fire, and my heart beating faster than I can count its throbs. Preconceived opinions, foregone determinations, are all I have at this hour to stand by: there I plant my foot!
- Is this her fault or mine?
- The tempter or the tempted, who sins most? Ha!
- Not she; nor doth she tempt; but it is I
- That, lying by the violet in the sun,
- Do as the carrion does, not as the flower,
- Corrupt with virtuous season.
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