"Man is so muddled, so dependent on the things immediately before his eyes, that every day even the most submissive believer can be seen to risk the torments of the afterlife for the smallest pleasure."
"You'll admit there's always the possibility of some employee becoming disgruntled over some fancied injustice. Dissatisfaction always leads to temptation. There's always purchasers for valuable secrets."
"There is a lot of difference between tempting and leading into error. God tempts but does not lead into error. To tempt is to provide opportunities for us to do certain things if we do not love God, but putting us under no necessity to do so. To lead into error is to compel a man necessarily to conclude and follow a falsehood."
"Certainly (said Hippothadee) some of our doctors say that the first woman in the world, whom the Hebrews name Eve, would hardly have been tempted to eat the fruit of knowledge if doing so had not been forbidden her. Be that as it may, consider how the crafty Temptor reminded her with his first words of this prohibition, as if meaning to infer: "it is forbidden to you, therefore you must eat: otherwise you would not be a woman."
"I know as well as any one, [the devil] is an adversary, whom if we resist, he will fly from us--but I seldom resist him at all; from a terror, that though I may conquer, I may still get a hurt in the combat--so ... instead of thinking to make him fly, I generally fly myself."
"Ye whose clay-cold heads and luke-warm hearts can argue down or mask your passions--tell me, what trespass is it that man should have them?... If nature has so wove her web of kindness, that some threads of love and desire are entangled with the piece--must the whole web be rent in drawing them out?"