He is saying that when we resist temptation, we become stronger.
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We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.
This is a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.
I just don't get the idea clearly. Can someone explain simply what it means?
I am not a teacher.
However, the way the writer has phrased it in the OP's post, contains the meaning Mike mentioned and an additional thought.
The author uses the definite article before the word strength, which in conjunction with the word "of", to me means that whatever the strength or power the temptation has, will be exactly the strength you will gain by resisting it.
Last edited by Eckaslike; 07-Sep-2015 at 15:10.