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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Innocence (29 Quotations)

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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 Baldwin

 

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There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.
~ Jean Baudrillard

 

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No man ever looks at the world with pristine eyes. He sees it edited by a definite set of customs and institutions and ways of thinking.
~ Ruth Benedict

 

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Every harlot was a virgin once.
~ William Blake

 

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Only the old are innocent. That is what the Victorians understood, and the Christians. Original sin is a property of the young. The old grow beyond corruption very quickly.
~ Malcolm Bradbury

 

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The innocent is the person who explains nothing.
~ Albert Camus

 

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The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything; it is he that gets the most out of life.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

 

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One threatens the innocent who spares the guilty.
~ Sir Edward Coke

 

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

 

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

 

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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

 

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

 

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All things truly wicked start from an innocence.
~ Ernest Hemingway

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Now my innocence begins to weigh me down.
~ Jean Racine

 

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Prudishness is pretense of innocence without innocence. Women have to remain prudish as long as men are sentimental, dense, and evil enough to demand of them eternal innocence and lack of education. For innocence is the only thing which can ennoble lack of education.
~ Friedrich Schlegel

 

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