Quotes 1 till 4 of 4.
Henry Louis Mencken
American journalist and critic 1880-1956+3
A gentlemen is one who never strikes a woman without provocation.
All anger is not sinful, because some degree of it, and on some occasions, is inevitable. But it becomes sinful and contradicts the rule of Scripture when it is conceived upon slight and inadequate provocation, and when it continues long.
British theologist 1630-16940
To be able to bear provocation is an argument of great reason, and to forgive it of a great mind.''
You take a number of small steps which you believe are right, thinking maybe tomorrow somebody will treat this as a dangerous provocation. And then you wait. If there is no reaction, you take another step: courage is only an accumulation of small steps.