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Quotes About Provocation

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Mother Teresa
“These are the few ways we can practice humility:

To speak as little as possible of one's self.

To mind one's own business.

Not to want to manage other people's affairs.

To avoid curiosity.

To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.

To pass over the mistakes of others.

To accept insults and injuries.

To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked.

To be kind and gentle even under provocation.

Never to stand on one's dignity.

To choose always the hardest.”
Mother Teresa, The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“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, The Portable Emerson

Toba Beta
“Provocation is on the opposite lane of resolution.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Toba Beta
“You don't need a provocateur,
if demon's been there within you.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Aesop
“Lay not the blame on me, O sailor, but on the winds. By nature I am as calm and safe as the land itself, but the winds fall upon me with their gusts and gales, and lash me into a fury that is not natural to me.”
Aesop, Aesop's Fables

“When you are wronged and your heart and feelings are hardened, do not be distressed, for this has happened providentially; but be glad and reject the thoughts that arise within you, knowing that if they are destroyed at the stage when they are only provocations, their evil consequences will be cut off, whereas if the thoughts persist the evil may be expected to develop.”
St. Mark the Ascetic

Robert Peate
“I provoke thought, because that is what needs provoking. Humanity seems to hate thinking more than any other activity, and yet that is the activity most needed. I do what I can to force thought along, and I am hated and worse—ignored—for it. That's ultimately acceptable to me, because the work needs to be performed; I can perform it; and I wish to perform it. Let others appreciate it or not as they may; it pleases me to do what I do, so I do it.”
Robert Peate

Ripley Patton
“Let’s just say, there’s not much of a moon out tonight,” Nose continued anyway, “but if Yale joined us, there would be.”
Ripley Patton, Ghost Hand

Marcel Proust
“People are not always very tolerant of the tears which they themselves have provoked.”
Marcel Proust, The Captive & The Fugitive

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

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