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Innocence Quotes

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.

Author: James Baldwin (1924-1987)

Profession: American Author

There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.

Author: Jean Baudrillard

Profession: French Postmodern Philosopher, Writer

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.

Author: Ruth Benedict (1887-1948)

Profession: American Anthropologist

Every harlot was a virgin once.

Author: William Blake (1757-1827)

Profession: British Poet, Painter

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.

Author: Malcolm Bradbury (1932)

Profession: British Author

The innocent is the person who explains nothing.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

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

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author

One threatens the innocent who spares the guilty.

Author: Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634)

Profession: British Jurist

Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.

Author: Anatole France (1844-1924)

Profession: French Writer

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

Author: Anatole France (1844-1924)

Profession: French Writer

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.

Author: Graham Greene (1904-1991)

Profession: British Novelist

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

Author: Haug


All things truly wicked start from an innocence.

Author: Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)

Profession: American Writer

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

Author: Horace

Profession: Italian Poet

Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.

Author: Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

Profession: French Classical Writer