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“There are terrible temptations that it requires great strength and courage to yield to.”

–Oscar Wilde

“Of all the Roman ladies, only one had the power to tempt me, and that one was Paula. She mourned and she fasted. She was squalid with dirt; her eyes were dim from weeping. For whole nights she would pray to the Lord for mercy, and often the rising sun found her still at her prayers. The Psalms were her only songs; the gospel her only speech; continence her one indulgence; fasting her staple of life.”

–Saint Jerome, Epistle 45

Quoted in The Heretic’s Handbook of Quotations.