Provocative Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old provocative quotes, provocative sayings, and provocative proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


There is nothing more provocative than minding your own business     

William S. Burroughs

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

Llewelyn Powys

Among provocatives, the next best thing to good preaching is bad preaching.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Lady Gaga

It is a fascinating and provocative thought that a body of water deserves to be considered as an organism in its own right.     

Lyall Watson

When someone sets out to be controversial or provocative or shocking as an end in itself, I don't think that's a noble goal.     

Rob Bell

Maybe the most provocative thing one can do - and I'm not the first one to do it - is to ask the moral and philosophical question: why are some people better than others? Why are some people more moral than others?     

David Bezmozgis

Embrace your constraints. They are provocative. They are challenging. They wake you up. They make you more creative. They make you better.     

Biz Stone

Challenging leaders is as American as it gets.     

Rick Santelli

Keep challenging yourself to think better, do better, and be better.     

Robin Sharma

The only way that someone can be of help to you is by challenging your ideas.     

Anthony De Mello

Sometimes, challenging a person to do their best is the most kind and compassionate thing you can do for them.      

Charles F. Glassman

If there is no challenging of the sinful heart, there is no gospel preaching.     

Darrin Patrick

No doubt, the most challenging class of questions in science is the origin of things.     

Neil deGrasse Tyson