Definition of the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak in English:

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the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak

proverb Someone has good intentions but fails to live up to them.
With biblical allusion to Matt. 26:41
Example sentences
  • When the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, let these 100% cotton panties do the talking for you, ‘What Would Jesus Do?’
  • Who knows, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak and again subject to pain in the nether regions from the saddle.
  • On the contrary, it is an all too common experience that your evaluative commitments lead you on one path but that you go nonetheless on another: the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
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