A gentlemen is one who never strikes a woman without provocation.
— H. L. Mencken

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

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

So there's nothing more provocative than taking a genre that everybody who's cool hates - and then making it cool.
— Lady Gaga

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.
— provocation quotation by Babe Paley