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

Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer

Every harlot was a virgin once.

William Blake, poet

All things truly wicked start from an innocence.

Ernest Hemingway, novelist

The innocent is the person who explains nothing.

Albert Camus, philosopher

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

Louis Kronenberger, critic

Ignorance is not innocence, but sin.

Robert Browning, poet

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

Anatole France, novelist

There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.

Jean Baudrillard, sociologist

If you would live innocently, seek solitude.

Publilius Syrus, writer

Innocence ends when one is stripped of the delusion that one likes oneself.

Joan Didion, author

Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, philosopher

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

Donna Tartt, novelist

Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends.

Bishop Robert South, theologian

A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.

Germaine Greer, activist

Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.

Henry David Thoreau, author

Nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion.

Oscar Wilde, dramatist

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

Donna Tartt, novelist

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

Mignon McLaughlin, journalist

Certainly Adam in Paradise had not more sweet and curious apprehensions of the world, than I when I was a child.

Thomas Traherne, clergyman

One threatens the innocent who spares the guilty.

Sir Edward Coke,

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

Horace, poet

Now my innocence begins to weigh me down.

Jean Racine, dramatist

How happy is the blameless vestal's lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd;

Alexander Pope, poet

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

John Updike, novelist

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

Anatole France, novelist

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, editor

Innocence is always unsuspicious.

Joseph Joubert, writer

American movies and music deliver themes of freedom, innocence, and power that appeal to others - partly because America itself was put together out of a multiplicity of national traditions.

Todd Gitlin, sociologist

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, novelist

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

Anita Brookner, historian

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, educator

I think there's an innocence to me.

Krista Allen, actress

I feel I lost my innocence to cancer.

Delta Goodrem, actress

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

Nadine Gordimer, novelist

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, writer

I don't want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, author

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, novelist

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

G. K. Chesterton, 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.

Graham Greene, playwright

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

Else Lanchester,

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

Ouida, novelist

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 Von Schlegel,

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, poet

The temperate person's pleasures are durable because they are regular; and all their life is calm and serene, because it is innocent.


I am to be broken. I am to be derided all my life. I am to be cast up and down among these men and women, with their twitching faces, with their lying tongues, like a cork on a rough sea. Like a ribbon of weed I am flung far every time the door opens.

Virginia Woolf, author

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, scientist

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, author

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

Johan Huizinga, historian

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, musician

I'm just glad I was able to return to some of that innocence and beauty I had as a child when I started my own family, and my children brought me back some of that spirit.

Angelina Jolie, actress

It was quite a European war until 1917, when the Americans joined up. They don't have the same sense of the loss of innocence and the cataclysmic loss of life. A whole generation was wiped out.

Tom Hiddleston, actor

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

Louise Bogan, poet

The knowledge that makes us cherish innocence makes innocence unattainable.

Irving Howe, historian

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, politician

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

Arthur Miller, playwright

Innocence in genius, and candor in power, are both noble qualities.

Madame de Stael, writer

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

Graham Greene, playwright

Innocence could be considered a discrete state of mind.

John Shirley, author

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

Juan Goytisolo, poet

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, politician

Once you start asking questions, innocence is gone.

Mary Astor, actress

He moved like a dancer, which is not surprising; a horse is a beautiful animal, but it is perhaps most remarkable because it moves as if it always hears music.

Mark Helprin, novelist

God never meant that people were to wear clothes. He meant we were to be nude. But we were in a state of innocence. Then sin came into the human race and became a blood poisoning.

Billy Graham, evangelist

The innocence of childhood is like the innocence of a lot of animals.

Clint Eastwood, actor

I've always been fascinated with the stealing of innocence. It's the most heinous crime, and certainly a capital crime if there ever was one.

Clint Eastwood, actor

There is an innocence in admiration; it is found in those to whom it has never yet occurred that they, too, might be admired some day.

Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher

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

Samuel Butler, poet

Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.

Bo Bennett, entrepreneur

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, educator

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, musician

Where I live, nobody who's fourteen is having sex and doing major drugs. And I think if you see it in the movies, you may be influenced by it. I think it's so important to preserve your innocence.

Natalie Portman, actress

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

Lyman Abbott, author

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, actor

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

Maximilien Robespierre, leader

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

Maximilien Robespierre, leader

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,

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, author

If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.

Charlotte Bronte, novelist

The pain comes from knowing that we have never been safe, and therefore will never be safe again. It comes from knowing we can never be so ignorant again. It comes from knowing we can never be children again. Losing innocence. Remembering heaven. That was the essence of hell.

John Jakes, writer

Children, I grant, should be innocent; but when the epithet is applied to men, or women, it is but a civil term for weakness.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, author

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, artist

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, activist

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, actress

People are entitled to the presumption of innocence.

Barney Frank, politician

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, actor

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

Sylvia Kristel, actress

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, actress

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