Provocative Quotes

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William S. Burroughs
“There is nothing more provocative than minding your own business.”
William S. Burroughs, The Place of Dead Roads

Nalini Singh
“A faint smile that made every tiny hair on her body rise in quivering attention. "How fast can you run?" A wolf's question.”
Nalini Singh, Kiss of Snow

Sam Harris
“Let me assure you that my intent is not to offend or merely be provocative. I'm simply worried.”
Sam Harris

“I’d love to try to tame you... And I would simply adore it if you turn out untamable –”
Simona Panova, Nightmarish Sacrifice

“And what if you try to kill me? Or worse: to kiss me?”
Simona Panova, Nightmarish Sacrifice

“A good enemy can be better than the best of friend.”
Simona Panova, Nightmarish Sacrifice

“So, apart from casting runes, what other hobbies do you have? Forbidden rituals, human sacrifices, torturing? –”
Simona Panova, Nightmarish Sacrifice

“You know what, your imagination works faster than your mind.”
Simona Panova, Nightmarish Sacrifice

David Guterson
“We Japanese, on the other hand, know our egos are nothing. We bend our egos, all of the time, and that is where we differ. That is the fundamental difference, Hatsue. We bend our heads, we bow and are silent, because we understand that by ourselves alone, we are nothing at all, dust in a strong wind, while the 'hakujin' believes his aloneness is everything, his separateness is the foundation of his existence. He seeks and grasps, seeks and grasps for his separateness, while we seek union with the Greater Life--you must see that these are distinct paths we are travelling, Hatsue, the 'hakujin' and we Japanese" (p. 176).”
David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars

Douglas Adams
“You cannot see what I see because you see what you see. You cannot know what I know because you know what you know. What I see and what I know cannot be added to what you see and what you know because they are not the same kind. Neither can it replace what you see and what you know, because that would be to replace you yourself.”
Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

Charlotte V. Howard
“I died for a short while the first time we met”
Charlotte V. Howard, Seven Dirty Words

Jonathan Harr
“Truth is found at the bottom of a bottomless pit." Jerome Facher - A Civil Action.”
Jonathan Harr, A Civil Action

Tim Fargo
“No controversy, no PR.”
Tim Fargo

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience but spiritual beings having a human experience.”
A Memoir by Young, Initiation

Aaron Sorkin
“You can't handle the truth!" - Colonel Jessup in A Few Good Men.”
Aaron Sorkin, A Few Good Men

Criss Jami
“Trying to be offensive for the sole purpose of being offensive should always deem one the least offensive of offenders.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Annie Proulx
“As she spoke she changed in some provocative way, seemed suddenly drenched in eroticism as a diver rising out of a pool gleams like chrome with a sheet of unbroken water for a fractional moment.”
Annie Proulx, The Shipping News

Michael Krüger
“The public has no idea that writing is a disease, and that the writer who publishes is like a beggar who exhibits his sores.

Michael Kruger

Lois A. Cheney
“Hey! look at us
We're digging and digging
Into stubborn, ancient earth;
We're discovering
Where we came from,
and how we came.

"but where are you going?"

Hey! look at us
We're learning and learning
Into stubborn laws
Of nature and space
And non-nature and non-space;
We're discovering
All there is to know.

"but where are you going?"

Hey! look at us
We're planning and planning
Into stubborn years
Of education and training
And hopes and dreams;
We're discovering
How not to waste any time.

"but where are you going?"

Hey! look at us
We're shiny and bright
And clever and sophisticated
And witty and well-read;
We're discovering
How to really fill up
This old life.

"but where are you going?"


"Yes; where?”
Lois A. Cheney, God is No Fool

Franz Kafka
“La niña, de apenas trece años y algo jorobada, le golpeo con el codo y le miro de soslayo. Ni su juventud ni su defecto corporal habían impedido que se corrompiese. Ni siquiera le sonreía, sino que lanzaba a K miradas provocativas”
Franz Kafka, The Trial