The moon is nothing but a circumambulating aphrodisiac divinely subsidized to provoke the world into a rising birth-rate.
— Christopher Fry

And it will fall out as in a complication of diseases, that by applying a remedy to one sore, you will provoke another; and that which removes the one ill symptom produces others
Sir Thomas More provoke quote

Macduff: What three things does drink especially provoke? Porter: Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and urine.
— William Shakespeare

I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
— Henry David Thoreau

It's the admirer and the watcher who provoke us to all the inanities we commit.
— Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder