quote by Vladimir Putin

There is no such thing as a former KGB man.

— Vladimir Putin

Unconventional Provocative quotations

I'd rather not deal with such questions, because anyway it's like shearing a pig - lots of screams but little wool.

No sight is more provocative of awe than is the night sky.

Freedom includes the right to say what others may object to and resent.

.. The essence of citizenship is to be tolerant of strong and provocative words.

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it.


To most outsiders, modern mathematics is unknown territory.

Its borders are protected by dense thickets of technical terms; its landscapes are a mass of indecipherable equations and incomprehensible concepts. Few realize that the world of modern mathematics is rich with vivid images and provocative ideas.

A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality.

I replied with another question: 'Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?' We must always consider the person.

War is mankind's most tragic and stupid folly;

to seek or advise its deliberate provocation is a black crime against all men. Though you follow the trade of the warrior, you do so in the spirit of Washington - not of Genghis Khan. For Americans, only threat to our way of life justifies resort to conflict.

The ego refuses to be distressed by the provocations of reality, to let itself be compelled to suffer. It insists that it cannot be affected by the traumas of the external world; it shows, in fact, that such traumas are no more than occasions for it to gain pleasure.

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.


I have been a provoker and I'll probably always be one in the public arena for the rest of my life.

Learning to forgive is much more useful than merely picking up a stone and throwing it at the object of one's anger, the more so when the provocation is extreme. For it is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.

The position of the Muslim community in the face of all provocations seems to be: Islam is a religion of peace, and if you say that it isn't, we will kill you.

I don't want to be too 'classic' because it's not in the DNA of Gucci.

You need to be a little bit provocative.

The chief aim of Interpretation is not instruction, but provocation.


A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace.

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.

I occasionally watch provocative videos.

Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is.

I like prostitution. My heart has never failed to pound at the sight of one of those provocatively dressed women walking in the rain under the gaslamps, just as the sight of monks in their robes and girdles touches some ascetic, hidden corner of my soul.


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.

Keep up your conjugal love in a constant heat and vigor.

Love will suppress wrath: you cannot have a bitter mind upon small provocations, against those that you dearly love.

There is nothing more provocative than minding your own business.

Why don't you meet Osama bin Laden, invite him to Brussels or to the White House and engage in talks, ask him what he wants and give it to him so he leaves you in peace?

I'm in awe of the universe, but I don't necessarily believe there's an intelligence or agent behind it. I do have a passion for the visual in religious rituals, though, even though they may be completely empty and bereft of substance. The incense is powerful and provocative, whether Buddhist or Catholic.


Provocation doesn't make me ill-tempered: it only shows me how ill-tempered I am.

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.

The demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.

War is mankind's most tragic and stupid folly;

to seek or advise its deliberate provocation is a black crime against all men.

Courage is only an accumulation of small steps.


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.

I don't believe anything can do as much for a room as a glowing fire in an attractive fireplace. Men and dogs love an open fire - they show good sense. It is the heart of any room and should be kindled on the slightest provocation.

Provocation polio. That is the truth about those outbreaks of polio. And I offer a well considered personal opinion that polio is a man made disease.

I remember saying to myself those things are very, very important to hear, but there must be another way to say them so that they will truly be heard. I mean, that's what art is. Art is about being provocative. Art is also about beauty. And if you leave the latter out, the former doesn't matter.

The approval of the public is to be avoided like the plague.

It is absolutely essential to keep the public from entering if one wishes to avoid confusion. I must add that the public must be kept panting in expectation at the gate by a system of challenges and provocations.

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