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Provocative Quotes and Sayings
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It is true that I am often startled and even angered
and repulsed by the strange directions and provocative
content of new forms that seem to pop up every few months.
- David Rockefeller

I think the first album cover was considered most provocative.
I think that contributed a great deal.
- Julie London

No sight that human eyes can look upon is more provocative
of awe than is the night sky scattered thick with stars.
- Llewelyn Powys

There was really nothing shocking in what Brigitte did,
what was provocative was her natural sensuality.
- Roger Vadim

 

Let us consider that swearing is a sin of all others peculiarly clamorous,
and provocative of Divine judgment.
- Isaac Barrow

Written poetry is different.
Best thing is to see it in performance first,
then read it.
Performance is more provocative.
- Adrian Mitchell

To find a script that works with provocative ideas is hard to find.
- John McTiernan

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It has been very erotic and provocative for people
to wonder about my feelings for women.
- Catherine Deneuve

I think a newspaper should be provocative,
stir 'em up, but you can't do that on television.
It's just not on.
- Rupert Murdoch

I think that as I continue to write,
my writing I hope will become more controversial and more provocative.
- Christopher Darden

Sean's movies are provocative and challenging without being slick.
- Robin Wright Penn

The use of military force against Iran would be very dangerous.
It would be very provocative.
The only thing worse would be Iran being a nuclear power.
- Rudy Giuliani

I'd been to Memphis before, but we stayed out of Memphis
early on in the late 70s for obvious reasons.
People were very sensitive about Elvis Presley,
and my stage name obviously would be provocative to
some people in that area at that time.
- Elvis Costello

I am provocative, and I admit this.
It isn't as if I'm only on the receiving end,
a poor, frail little creature.
I can be thoroughly nasty when I get going,
and I don't pull my punches.
- Helen Suzman

I think photographs should be provocative and not tell
you what you already know.
It takes no great powers or magic to reproduce somebody's face in a photograph.
The magic is in seeing people in new ways.
- Duane Michals

Well, Well, Well, its certainly a compelling provocative
exciting delicious to think about idea,
smart people say the universe is so big there must
be something statistically it could be likely there
could be something happening on some other world.
- Jeff Goldblum

I don't think Fox News or Rush Limbaugh need Clinton it turns out.
I think there's a hunger out there for -
whether it's on the left or right -
a more lively and provocative type of political journalism.
I think Salon and Fox on the other side have both benefited from that.
- David Talbot

People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to,
but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation -
much like building a mosque at Ground Zero.
- Sarah Palin

Those wars are unjust which are undertaken without provocation.
For only a war waged for revenge or defense can be just.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

To be able to bear provocation is an argument of great reason,
and to forgive it of a great mind.
- John Tillotson

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

Through music I either tame my demons or unleash them
and allow them to be what they are.
I don't want the music to be about provocation,
I want the music to bring you to a place where you feel at home.
- Michael Franti

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

A book is the only place in which you can examine a
fragile thought without breaking it,
or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.
It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's
mind can get both provocation and privacy.
- Edward P. Morgan

One of the tragedies of modern times is that people
have come to believe that something said by someone in the past,
perhaps for illustrative or provocation purposes,
actually represents that person's beliefs at the time.
- Idries Shah

All anger is not sinful, because some degree of it,
and on some occasions, is inevitable.
But it becomes sinful and contradicts the rule of Scripture
when it is conceived upon slight and inadequate provocation,
and when it continues long.
- Wilson Mizner

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

When dealing with people, remember you are
not dealing with creatures of logic,
but creatures of emotion.
- Dale Carnegie

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Knowing your own darkness is the best method
for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
- Carl Jung

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

The meeting of two personalities is
like the contact of two chemical substances:
if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
- Carl Jung

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is the answer to all questions about relationship.
When two people sing their lives in harmony,
their lives are grand.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people stay for awhile,
and move our souls to dance.
They awaken us to a new understanding,
leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never, ever the same.
- Flavia Weedn

The enlightened give thanks
for what most people take for granted.
- Michael Beckwith

I have the right to love many people at once
and to change my prince often.
- Anais Nin

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Don't live your life to please other people.
- Oprah Winfrey

Love cures people - both the ones who give it
and the ones who receive it.
- Karl A. Menninger

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

People that seem so glorious are all show;
underneath they are like everyone else.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

People can be more forgiving than you can imagine.
But you have to forgive yourself.
Let go of what's bitter and move on.
- Bill Cosby

I hear many people talk about their longing for a balanced life.
What I think they are really expressing
is a desire for a life with less pressure.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo,
but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you
when the limo breaks down.
- Oprah Winfrey

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity
opinions which differ from
the prejudices of their social environment.
Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
- Albert Einstein

People will do anything, no matter how absurd,
to avoid facing their own souls.
- Carl Jung

Life - for most people - is their past projected large
onto the movie screen of their future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that,
but the really great make you feel that
you, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I'm actually starting to like more and more people
who have convictions that are unpopular.
- Bono

People are afraid, very much afraid of those who know themselves.
They have a certain power, a certain aura and a certain magnetism.
- Osho

I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life
as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.
- Joseph Campbell

One is taught by experience to put a premium
on those few people who can appreciate you for what you are.
- Gail Godwin

Nine-tenths of the people were created
so you would want to be with the other tenth.
- Horace Walpole

Fear makes strangers of people
who would otherwise be friends.
- Shirley MacLaine

The finest kind of friendship is between people
who expect a great deal of each other but never ask it.
- Anonymous

Life is a process of becoming,
a combination of states we have to go through.
Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state
and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
- Anais Nin

The easiest kind of friendship for me
is with ten thousand people.
The hardest is with one.
- Joan Baez

Surround yourself with people who
take their work seriously,
but not themselves,
those who work hard and play hard.
- Colin Powell

When people get married because they think
it's a long-time love affair,
they'll be divorced very soon,
because all love affairs end in disappointment.
But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity.
- Joseph Campbell

Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

People don't care how much you know
until they know how much they care.
- John C. Maxwell


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