quote by Oscar Romero

A church that doesn't provoke any crises, a gospel that doesn't unsettle, a word of God that doesn't get under anyone’s skin, a word of God that doesn't touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed — ​what gospel is that?

— Oscar Romero

Sensitive Provoked quotations

If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old


My wish for you is that you continue.

Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.

We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own.

The Igbo, always practical, put it concretely in their proverb Onye ji onye n'ani ji onwe ya: 'He who will hold another down in the mud must stay in the mud to keep him down.'

How strange! You lose a little from you and you cry.

And your whole life is wasting and you're laughing

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.


Why is it that weeks and months and years go by so quickly, all in a blur, but moments last forever?

Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.

Poverty is the deprivation of opportunity.

Poor people have big TV's. Rich people have big libraries.

People are strange: They are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice.


Difficult things provoke all your irritations and bring your habitual patterns to the surface. And that becomes the moment of truth. You have the choice to launch into your lousy habitual patterns, or to stay with the rawness and discomfort of the situation and let it transform you.

If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z.

Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut

If God has called you, the more they block your way, the more that trouble and temptation, the more God's love is provoked. Each attempt to stop you asks for more evidence from God.

We will not have failure - only success and new learning.

Experiences have clearly shown that an approach which 'de-medicalizes' birth, restores dignity and humanity to the process of childbirth, and returns control to the mother is also the safest approach.


I not only think but also look and study things carefully.

When I travel around, I look at things carefully, make comparisons of what I see. I don't accept things at face value, you cannot trust what you hear or see. Don't jump to conclusions without thinking.

If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.

We never grow closer to God when we just live life. It takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness.

Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whisky and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind but falling in love and not getting arrested.

People are always shouting they want to create a better future.

It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.


There is no other world. Nor even this one. What, then, is there? The inner smile provoked in us by the patent nonexistence of both.

Economics, as it has emerged, can be made more productive by paying greater and more explicit attention to the ethical considerations that shape human behaviour and judgment.

No one provokes me with impunity.

Color provokes a psychic vibration. Color hides a power still unknown but real, which acts on every part of the human body.

One common mistake is to think that one reality is the reality.

You must always be prepared to leave one reality for a greater one.


Lose your mind and come to your senses.

The irony is that while God doesn’t need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don’t really want Him most of the time.

Drink, sir, is a great provoker of three things .

. . nose-painting, sleep, and urine. Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes; it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.

If you ask managers what they do, they will most likely tell you that they plan, organise, co-ordinate and control. Then watch what they do. Don't be surprised if you can't relate what you see to those four words.

The wisdom and compassion a woman can intuitively experience in childbirth can make her a source of healing and understanding for other women.


I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking

It provokes the desire but it takes away the performance.

Therefore much drink may be said to be an equivocator with lechery: it makes him and it mars him; it sets him on and it takes him off.

The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination.

Most people spend their lives in dreary, grey-beige conformity, mortally afraid of using colours. By experimenting with lighting, colours, textiles and furniture and utilizing the latest technologies, I try to show new ways to encourage people to use their phantasy and make their surroundings more exciting.

The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination and make their surroundings more exciting.