Poke Sayings and Quotes

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

Poking fun at other people's beliefs, while it may seem frivolous and offensive, is a non-negotiable right. It is a principle that underpins free speech, the basis for progress.     

Maajid Nawaz

Good humor pokes fun at the powerful — not the weak.     

Mitali Perkins

The biggest fool is one who minds the business of others rather than minding his very own.     

Amit Abraham

If you've got dots before your eyes, it's time to stop poking your eyes with a pencil.     

Anthony T. Hincks

There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can't move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.     

Robert Frost

Contempt is a dangerous emotion, luring us into believing that we understand more than we do. Contempt causes us to jeer rather than speak, to poke at rather than touch.     

Scott Spencer

Pride and curiosity are the two scourges of our souls. The latter prompts us to poke our noses into everything, and the former forbids us to leave anything unresolved and undecided.     

Michel de Montaigne

It's easy to poke fun at the world and think yourself clever, but it's much harder to stand silent and endure.     

Jessica Cluess

You may poke a man's fire after you've known him for seven years.     

English Proverb

The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it and turn it inside out.     


Sometimes you have to poke holes in the darkness until it bleeds light.      

Margaret Feinberg

When you're really close to someone, they can make fun of you a lot and get away with it. But they sort of poke you in all of the right places.      

Ian Somerhalder

It's easier to poke holes in an idea than think of ways to fill them. And it's easier to focus on the 100 reasons you shouldn't do something rather than the one reason you should.     

Wendy Kopp

It would be ugly to watch people poking sticks at a caged rat. It is uglier still to watch rats poking sticks at a caged person.     

Jean Harris

Smile, it's better than a poke in the eye.     

Douglas Horton

Life is a buzzer box. Poke it.     

Seth Godin

The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.     

Dan Rather

To poke a wood fire is more solid enjoyment than almost anything else in the world.     

Charles Dudley Warner

There's something that doesn't make sense. Let's go and poke it with a stick.     

Steven Moffat

The pen is mightier than the sword, if you know where to poke it.     

Jeremy C. Shipp

We can never be a nation of snobs so long as we are willing to poke fun at ourselves.     

Edgar Wilson Nye

When moral superiority combines with billowing ignorance, they fill up a hot-air balloon that's awfully hard not to poke.     

Barbara Kingsolver

The only good imitations are those that poke fun at bad originals.      

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.     

Zora Neale Hurston

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man will poke out his eye to fit in.     

Caitlin Kiernan

Remember, people who peek through keyholes have to expect an occasional poke in the eye.     

Gary K. Wolf

A stranger stabs you in the front. A friend stabs you in the back. A boyfriend stabs you in the heart. Best friends poke each other with straws.      

Author Unknown

In life there will always be people out the to judge you and poke fingers at you. Show them that we are all human and that the other three fingers are poking back at them.