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Quotes About Provocation

Patience ... speaks of a persons steadfastness under provocation ... enduring ill-treatment without anger or thought of retaliation or revenge.
— Billy Graham —

I trust you not to kill, main, or drown me without just provocation.

— Jena Leigh

I know that whatever the complex origins of my own homosexuality are, there have been conscious choices I've made to indulge - and therefore to intensify, probably - my homoerotic inclinations. As I look back over the course of my life, I regret the nights I have given in to temptations to lust that pulsed like hot, itching sores in my mind. And so I cling to this image - washed. I am washed, sanctified, justified through the work of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Whenever I look back on my baptism, I can remember that God has cleansed the stains of homosexual sin from the crevasses of my mind, heart, and body and included me in his family, the church, where I can find support, comfort, and provocation toward Christian maturity.

— Wesley Hill

She was on edge, feeling that she might snap or cry at the smallest provocation.

— J.K. Rowling

For the most part, editors no longer view 'Doonesbury' as a rolling provocation, which is fine by me. It makes no sense to intentionally antagonize the very people on whose support you most depend.

— Garry Trudeau

You take a number of small steps which you believe are right, thinking maybe tomorrow somebody will treat this as a dangerous provocation. And then you wait. If there is no reaction, you take another step: courage is only an accumulation of small steps.

— George Konrad

Truly speaking, it is not instruction, but provocation, that I can receive from another soul. What he announces, I must find true in me, or reject; and on his word, or as his second, be he who he may, I can accept nothing.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Provocation is on the opposite lane of resolution.

— Toba Beta

The provocation with Holmes is the fact that he's described by Doyle as a man without a heart - all brain ... and that's very difficult to play, or even indicate.

— Jeremy Brett

When the attack is "due" (or a little overdue), it will occur, explosively, whether or not there is any provocation.

— Oliver Sacks

I had kissed my share of men, particularly during the war years, when flirtation and instant romance were the light-minded companions of death and uncertainty. Jamie, thought, was something different. His extreme gentleness was in no way tentative; rather it was a promise of power known and held in leash; a challenge and a provocation the more remarkable for its lack of demand. I am yours, it said. And if you will have me, then ...

— Diana Gabaldon

So this is the way we live now: conditioned by the awareness that no North Korean provocation, however egregious, can be confronted, lest it furnish the occasion or pretext for something truly barbarous and insane.

— Christopher Hitchens

You cannot hurt animals, so what do I do? I kill the dog first. Then I do it with the boy. You're not supposed to break the illusion of this being a film, so I make the actor talk to the audience. Provocation is the principle of the whole film [ Funny Games]. It is very ironic.

— Michael Haneke

We should always settle disputes through dialogue and cooperation, and should not resort to the use or threat of force on the slightest provocation. We should get rid of Cold War thinking and broaden the converging points of our common interests, notwithstanding the differences in social systems and ideologies.

— Wu Bangguo

Many need no other provocation to enmity than that they find themselves excelled.

— Samuel Johnson

There are few who would not rather be taken in adultery than in provocation.

— Aldous Huxley

Passing too eagerly upon a provocation loses the guard and lays open the body; calmness and leisure and deliberation do the business much better.

— Jeremy Collier

A film is not a documentary. And what's wonderful about film is that it's a real provocation for people. I never, ever see film as being an absolute version of the truth.

— Cate Blanchett

Love, to the inferior man, remains almost wholly a physical matter. The heroine he most admires is the one who offers the grossest sexual provocation; the hero who makes his wife roll her eyes is a perambulating phallus.

— H.L. Mencken

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