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Innocence Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Innocence

Please enjoy these Innocence Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

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Innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

Being part of the natural world reminds me
that innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

Mind is repetitive, mind always moves in circles.
Mind is a mechanism: you feed it with knowledge,
it repeats the same knowledge,
it goes on chewing the same knowledge again and again.
No-mind is clarity, purity, innocence.
No-mind is the real way to live,
the real way to know, the real way to be.
- Osho

 

All things truly wicked start from innocence.
- Ernest Hemingway

The United States government can indict you on something,
and now you've got to prove your innocence.
And that's not the Constitution of the United States.
- Leonard Peltier

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

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Art saved me; it got me through my depression and self-loathing,
back to a place of innocence.
- Jeanette Winterson

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

Whether we knew many who died on September 11 or personally knew none,
we all lost something on that day.
Innocence.
Security.
A trust that our homeland would always be safe.
- Bob Taft

When you become a parent, or a teacher,
you turn into a manager of this whole system.
You become the person controlling the bubble of innocence around a child,
regulating it.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

Bad company is as instructive as licentiousness.
One makes up for the loss of one's innocence with the
loss of one's prejudices.
- Denis Diderot

Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends,
for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action?
- Arthur Miller

Victims suggest innocence.
And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms,
suggests guilt.
- Susan Sontag

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

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

The essential self is innocent, and when it tastes
its own innocence knows that it lives for ever.
- John Updike

The knowledge that makes us cherish innocence makes innocence unattainable.
- Irving Howe

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

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

The only thing I was trying to portray was serenity.
Also, innocence, vulnerability and elegance.
- Sylvia Kristel

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

Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence -
a lot passes you by -
simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.
- Anita Brookner

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

The more decadent a culture gets, the more they have
a need for what they don't have at all,
which is innocence, so you end up with kiddie porn
and a perverse obsession with youth.
- Joni Mitchell

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

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

All we can do is keep going up against then as long
as Ray is alive because when he dies it will not be
possible to establish the truth of his innocence in a court of law.
- William Pepper

The Southerner is usually tolerant of those weaknesses
that proceed from innocence.
- Flannery O'Connor

Zen says that if you drop knowledge -
and within knowledge everything is included;
your name, your identity, everything,
because this has been given to you by others -
if you drop all that has been given by others,
you will have a totally different quality to your being: innocence.
This will be a crucifixion of the persona, the personality,
and there will be a resurrection of your innocence.
You will become a child again, reborn.
- Osho

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

The innocence that feels no risk and is taught no caution,
is more vulnerable than guilt, and oftener assailed.
- Nathaniel Parker Willis

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

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

There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.
- Jean Baudrillard

To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.
- Ouida

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

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

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

There have always been poets who performed.
Blake sang his Songs of Innocence and Experience to parties of friends.
- Adrian Mitchell

Innocence is always unsuspicious.
- Joseph Joubert

Every life is a march from innocence,
through temptation, to virtue or vice.
- Lyman Abbott

Do you know anything that in all its innocence is more
humiliating than the funny pages of a Sunday newspaper in America?
- Johan Huizinga

Art is the fatal net which catches these strange moments
on the wing like mysterious butterflies,
fleeing the innocence and distraction of common men.
- Giorgio de Chirico

The writer cannot abandon himself simply to inspiration,
and feign innocence vis a vis language,
because language is never innocent.
- Juan Goytisolo

Atheism is aristocratic; the idea of a great Being
that watches over oppressed innocence and punishes
triumphant crime is altogether popular.
- Maximilien Robespierre

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

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

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

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

Crime butchers innocence to secure a throne,
and innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime.
- Maximilien Robespierre

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

Anxiety is the beginning of conscience,
which is the parent of the soul but is not compatible with innocence.
- Angela Carter

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

Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence
and an appeal to the essence of being.
- Albert Camus

What innocence, may I ask, is being played here when
it is known that this virtuous damsel has already got
a dozen illegitimate children?
- Nikita Khrushchev

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

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

Unlike any other business in the United States,
sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence.
- Lewis H. Lapham

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

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

America fell in love with the innocence of a kid who just was honest,
saying, I did the best I could, and I had no formal training.
- Paula Abdul

Ignorance is not innocence but sin.
- Robert Browning Hamilton

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

A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure,
a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth,
a link between angels and men.
- Martin Farquhar Tupper

Being at the centre of a film is a burden one takes
on with innocence the first time.
Thereafter, you take it on with trepidation.
- Daniel Day Lewis

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

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

I didn't do what they said I did.
I may have done enough so that I don't know if I can prove my innocence.
- Dick Morris

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

I can sing very comfortably from my vantage point because
a lot of the music was about a loss of innocence,
there's innocence contained in you but there's also
innocence in the process of being lost.
- Bruce Springsteen


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