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Innocence Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Innocence.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All things truly wicked start from innocence.
- Ernest Hemingway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Innocence is always unsuspicious.
- Joseph Joubert

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ignorance is not innocence but sin.
- Robert Browning Hamilton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.
- Jean Baudrillard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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