Innocence Quotes

Ah, where have gone all my goodness and all my shame and all my belief in the good! Ah, where is the lying innocence which I once possessed, the innocence of the good and of their noble lies! (Thus Spoke Zarathustra) - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

 

Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbours. - Henry David Thoreau

 

Mystery and innocence are not akin. - Hosea Ballou

 

Choices, more choices than we like afterward to believe, are made far backward in the innocence of childhood. - Loren Eiseley

 

Assuredly we bring not innocence not the world, we bring impurity much rather: that which purifies us is trial, and trial is by what is contrary. - John Milton

 

Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

 

Ignorance is not innocence but sin. - Robert Browning

 

People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster. - James Arthur Baldwin

 

Power is something of which I am convinced there is no innocence this side of the womb. - Nadine Gordimer

 

Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends. - Bishop Robert South

 

I know we're not saints or virgins or lunatics; we know all the lust and lavatory jokes, and most of the dirty people; we can catch buses and count our change and cross the roads and talk real sentences. But our innocence goes awfully deep, and our discreditable secret is that we don't know anything at all, and our horrid inner secret is that we don't care that we don't. - Dylan Thomas

 

The temperate person's pleasures are durable because they are regular; and all their life is calm and serene, because it is innocent. - Source Unknown

 

There is no aphrodisiac like innocence. - Jean Baudrillard

 

It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be. - Anatole France

 

Innocent as a dove you will harm no one, but wise as a serpent no one will harm you. - Haug

 

He is armed without who is innocent within, be this thy screen, and this thy wall of brass. - Horace

 

Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others. - Francois De La Rochefoucauld

 

She looked as though butter wouldn't melt in her mouth --or anywhere else. - Else Lanchester

 

Innocence is thought charming because it offers delightful possibilities for exploitation.-Mason Cooley

 

Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.-Anatole France

 

Innocence of heart and violence of feeling are necessary in any kind of superior achievement: The arts cannot exist without them.-Louise Bogan

 

Innocence: I am only stepping on your face because it lies in my path.-Mason Cooley

 

It doesn't bother me that Seven has such an overtly sexual presence, because she has no concept of what effect that physical package would have on some male member of the crew. That's what's fun, her innocence.-Jeri Ryan

 

It may part of a one way evolution... or it may be we are currently on the downside of an innocence cycle where one day, with an up cycle, sweet will be entertaining again.-Christopher Knight

 

It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't.-Mignon McLaughlin

 

It's the first villain that I've played in a movie that has absolutely no vulnerability and no innocence, nothing whatsoever that is likeable about her other than she's so bad.-Daryl Hannah

 

Jesse Jackson, when I met him, he had an innocence about him which is still very much a part of him today.-Jackie Jackson

 

Justice while she winks at crimes, Stumbles on innocence sometimes.-Samuel Butler

 

Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence.-Mason Cooley

 

Maimonides taught that it is better that 10 criminals go free than let one innocent man be executed. The Innocence Project represents that point of view.-Norman Lamm

 

Never resist a sentence you like, in which language takes its own pleasure and in which, after having abused it for so long, you are stupefied by its innocence.-Jean Baudrillard

 

Once you start asking questions, innocence is gone.-Mary Astor

 

People are entitled to the presumption of innocence.-Barney Frank

 

Power is something of which I am convinced there is no innocence this side of the womb.-Nadine Gordimer

 

Remorse is virtue's root; its fair increase are fruits of innocence and blessedness.-William C. Bryant

 

Resentment seems to have been given us by nature for a defense, and for a defense only! It is the safeguard of justice and the security of innocence.-Adam Smith

 

The Architect is just one of a series of works which examine the confrontation of innocence and experience, illustrating the complex ethics of power that exist between reader and writer, critic and artist, the human and the divine.-John Scott

 

The decision of such judges as Claudius and his Senate is worth very little in the question of a man's innocence or guilt; but the sentence was that Seneca should be banished to the island of Corsica.-Frederic William Farrar

 

I don't know how to defend myself: surprised innocence cannot imagine being under suspicion.-Pierre Corneille

 

I had no idea that he was going to write that, but I've always believed that insecurity was what would keep you always in your innocence, no matter what the business did.-Sally Kirkland

 

I might have some character traits that some might see as innocence or naive. That's because I discovered peace and happiness in my soul. And with this knowledge, I also see the beauty of human life.-Tobey Maguire

 

I started writing books for children because I could illustrate them myself and because, in my innocence, I thought they'd be easier.-Mark Haddon

 

I think innocence is something that adults project upon children that's not really there.-Donna Tartt

 

I think it's hard to write about children and to have an idea of innocence.-Donna Tartt

 

I think that freshness and that innocence is something that is missing from a lot of female singers. I'm certainly not denying that I'm young, but I'm not fluff.-Jessica Simpson

 

I would certainly say that films like Time Code and the Loss of Sexual Innocence were far more rewarding to me in terms of being able to move forward as a filmmaker.-Mike Figgis

 

If U.S. foreign policy results in massive death and destruction abroad, we cannot feign innocence when some of that destruction is returned.-Ward Churchill

 

Ignorance is not innocence but sin.-Robert Browning Hamilton

 

In an age robbed of religious symbols, going to the shops replaces going to the church. We have a free choice, but at a price. We can win experience, but never achieve innocence. Marx knew that the epic activities of the modern world involve not lance and sword but dry goods.-Stephen Bayley

 

In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.-A. E. Housman

 

Individualism is rather like innocence; there must be something unconscious about it.-Louis Kronenberger

 

Innocence always calls mutely for protection when we would be so much wiser to guard ourselves against it: innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm.-Graham Greene

 

Innocence could be considered a discrete state of mind.-John Shirley

 

Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.-Francois de La Rochefoucauld

 

Innocence in genius, and candor in power, are both noble qualities.-Madame de Stael

 

Innocence is always unsuspicious.-Joseph Joubert

 

Innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm.-Graham Greene

 

Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends.-Bishop Robert South

 
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