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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