Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
— Thomas Jefferson

Always have your hook baited, in the pool you least think, there will be a fish.
Ovid baits quote

The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.
— Thomas Macaulay

Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.
— Edmund Spenser

What wisdom can there be to choose, what continence to forbear without the knowledge of evil? He that can apprehend and consider vice with all her baits and seeming pleasures, and yet abstain, and yet distinguish, and yet prefer that which is truly better, he is the true wayfaring Christian.
— baits quotation by John Milton