He said that my sister was not allowed to see the boy who hit her anymore, and he was going to have a talk with the boy’s parents tonight. My sister then said that it was all her fault, that she was provoking him, but my dad said it was no excuse.
Stephen Chbosky -- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
We fell silent, listening for agitation in the nursing station—the sort of agitation an escape provokes.
Susanna Kaysen -- Girl Interrupted
I guess I provoked old Apron.
Robert Newton Peck -- A Day No Pigs Would Die
’It’s VERY provoking,’ Humpty Dumpty said after a long silence, looking away from Alice as he spoke, ’to be called an egg—VERY!’
Lewis Carroll -- Through the Looking-Glass
pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study
Charlotte Perkins Gilman -- The Yellow Wallpaper
"We were sorely provoked," said Jewel.
C.S. Lewis -- The Last Battle
I can’t see two slaps in the face provoking him into committing murder.
Reginald Rose -- Twelve Angry Men
A little girl was driving home her cow, a plodding, dilatory, provoking creature in her behavior, but a valued companion for all that.
Sarah Jewett -- A White Heron
"They’re famous philosophers who speak and write extremely wise, thought-provoking words of wisdom."
Colleen Hoover -- Slammed
Were the setups meant to instigate certain conflicts or provoke reactions for WICKED’s studies?
James Dashner -- The Scorch Trials
At first Risa had been a tool to provoke Connor into a fight, but now Roland sees her as a prize.
Neal Shusterman -- Unwind
Same questions over and over, and me trying to pretend they’re thought-provoking.
Gillian Flynn -- Gone Girl
Well, she provoked that one girl who hit her.
Kiera Cass -- The Elite
I’d planned on making them so angry they’d say plenty of the things Baden just had …. but I’d done nothing to provoke him.
Kiera Cass -- The Heir
They think the chips caused the kidnapping, the murders, that somehow the chips provoked whoever did this, made the task more tempting.
Dave Eggers -- The Circle
Muslims widely considered it blasphemous and it provoked so much outrage that it seemed people were talking of little else.
Malala Yousafzai -- I Am Malala
They can be fierce when provoked!
Ransom Riggs -- Hollow City
I felt embarrassed and showed it by flushing deeply, which provoked more tittering.
Piper Kerman -- Orange Is the New Black
This provoked Tate, who unleashed a torrent of racial slurs and threats.
Bryan Stevenson -- Just Mercy
He looked at me as if anxious about what sort of reaction the information might provoke.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
Why must you insist on always provoking the police?
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
What could possibly provoke mirth, given that he had just a matter of weeks before he took his own life?
Jojo Moyes -- Me Before You
My machine cannot help but provoke curiosity.
Trenton Lee Stewart -- The Mysterious Benedict Society
By provoking his anger we may lose them all.
Elizabeth George Speare -- The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Not only have you struck him, you have provoked his asthma!
Christopher Paul Curtis -- Bud, Not Buddy
Chaol just provoked her …. though he had his good side, too.
Sarah J. Maas -- Throne of Glass
The goal was to create tension and provoke confrontations that would force the federal government to step in and enforce the laws.
Christopher Paul Curtis -- The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
Once in a while, Hana would provoke a battle with George, just to show off her muscles.
Karen Levine -- Hana’s Suitcase
"She’s not a thing, she’s a human being," I wanted to scream, but I knew that I should not provoke him.
Ji-Li Jiang -- Red Scarf Girl
It was the first national coverage of the event, and the story provoked a variety of responses.
Joshua Davis -- Spare Parts
I’ve only had one guy come close to provoking a physical or emotional response from me once, and that turned out to be a self-induced delusion.
Colleen Hoover -- Hopeless
Her absence had provoked the most stimulating week of teaching I had ever enjoyed.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
The Emancipation Proclamation provoked a new level of consciousness about the relationship of slavery to the war.
James M. McPherson -- What They Fought For - 1861-1865
I didn’t see what had happened to provoke the punishment.
Alexandra Bracken -- The Darkest Minds
My panic grew, and my guilt, and my feeling that I was provoking my own destruction.
V.S. Naipaul -- A Bend in the River
This provoked badinage between Minnie and me, very Southern in flavor, which Leslie obviously found charming.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
I don’t have occasion to use my mean mouth on boys, since they don’t say provoking things to me.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
He was intentionally provoking the Greeks, hoping for battle.
Rick Riordan -- The Blood of Olympus
It would be giving him permission to provoke me further.
Becca Fitzpatrick -- Hush, Hush
He set them on the drainboard and began a loud and clumsy fumbling through the cupboard, obviously in hopes of provoking help.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander