quotations about innocence
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, The Quiet American
To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.
OUIDA, Two Little Wooden Shoes
That's what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong, that decency will somehow triumph in the end.
LISE HAND, attributed, The Truth in Words
Fair innocence, thou lovely Thing, unblemisli'd and unstained,
All spotless is thy snowy wing, thy light hath never waned.
H. ROWLAND HARDING, "To the Spirit of Innocence"
We may think of children as being innocent, but the experience of innocence is a way of being, a chosen state of mind--and one that can be experienced at any stage of life.
JOHN B. IZZO, Second Innocence
Innocence is the wonderment of life.
DAVID MATTHEW BROWN, The Book of Light
Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.
LYMAN ABBOTT, Problems of Life
What can innocence hope for,
When such as sit her judges are corrupted!
PHILIP MASSINGER, The Maid of Honour
Innocence and mysteriousness never dwell long together.
ROUSSEAU, attributed, Day's Collacon
It's of more importance to community, that innocence should be protected, than it is, that guilt should be punished; for guilt and crimes are so frequent in the world, that all of them cannot be punished; and many times they happen in such a manner, that it is not of much consequence to the public, whether they are punished or not. But when innocence itself, is brought to the bar and condemned, especially to die, the subject will exclaim, it is immaterial to me, whether I behave well or ill; for virtue itself, is no security.
JOHN ADAMS, argument for the defense in trial of British soldiers, December 3, 1770
I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
JESUS, Matthew 10:16
When we take revenge against another, we lose some of our innocence.
PATRICE REDD VECCHIONE, Revenge and Forgiveness
Ignorance is not innocence but sin.
ROBERT BROWNING, The Inn Album
It’s innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn’t.
MIGNON MCLAUGHLIN, The Neurotic's Notebook
Go in thy native innocence, rely
On what thou hast of virtue, summon all,
For God towards thee hath done his part, do thine.
JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost
All things truly wicked start from an innocence.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY, A Moveable Feast
Innocence is the weakest defense. Innocence has a single voice that can only say over and over again, "I didn't do it." Guilt has a thousand voices, all of them lies.
LEONARD F. PELTIER, Prison Writings
Unfortunately the innocent are always involved in any conflict. Always, everywhere, there is some voice crying from a tower.
GRAHAM GREENE, The Quiet American
Birds do not sing in caves, nor do doves cherish their innocence in dovecots.
HENRY DAVID THOREAU, Walden
An innocent man is a sin before God. Inhuman and therefore untrustworthy. No man should live without absorbing the sins of his kind, the foul air of his innocence, even if it did wilt rows of angel trumpets and cause them to fall from their vines.
TONI MORRISON, Tar Baby