Quotations on Innocence

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Every life is march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.
- Lyman Abbott
(Keywords: Life, Virtue, Innocence, March, Temptation, Vice)

Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.
- Lyman Abbott
(Keywords: Life, Virtue, Innocence, March, Temptation, Vice)

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
(Keywords: Love, America, Innocence, Saying, Training)

In an age robbed of religious symbols, going to the shops replaces going to the church. We have a free choice, but at a price. We can win experience, but never achieve innocence. Marx knew that the epic activities of the modern world involve not lance and sword but dry goods.
- Stephen Bayley
(Keywords: Age, Experience, Church, Choice, Innocence, Religious, Shops, World)

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
(Keywords: Age, Power, Wisdom, Achievement, Growth, Purpose, Innocence, Personal growth, Self, Understanding, Youth)

Innocence of heart and violence of feeling are necessary in any kind of superior achievement: The arts cannot exist without them.
- Louise Bogan
(Keywords: Heart, Feeling, Innocence, Violence)

Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence - a lot passes you by - simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.
- Anita Brookner
(Keywords: Attention, Innocence, State, Writing)

Remorse is virtue's root; its fair increase are fruits of innocence and blessedness.
- William C. Bryant
(Keywords: Virtue, Innocence, Remorse)

Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.
- Albert Camus
(Keywords: Act, Being, Innocence, Nostalgia, Rebellion)

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
(Keywords: Art, Men, Butterflies, Innocence, Moments)

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
(Keywords: Death, Policy, Destruction, Foreign policy, Innocence, Results)

Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Greed, Innocence, Lust)

Innocence is thought charming because it offers delightful possibilities for exploitation.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Thought, Exploitation, Innocence, Possibilities)

I don't know how to defend myself: surprised innocence cannot imagine being under suspicion.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Being, Innocence, Suspicion)

But when you're writing a script - for me anyway - you have to sort of create an enforced innocence. You have to divest yourself of worrying about a lot of stuff like what movies are hot, what movies are not hot, what the budget of this movie might be.
- David Cronenberg
(Keywords: Movies, Innocence, Writing)

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
(Keywords: Company, Innocence, Loss)

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
(Keywords: Decision, Guilt, Innocence, Judges, Man, Question, Senate, Worth)

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
(Keywords: Time, Being, Innocence, Loss)

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
(Keywords: Movies, Music, Power, America, American, Freedom, Innocence, Multiplicity, Traditions)

The writer cannot abandon himself simply to inspiration, and feign innocence vis a vis language, because language is never innocent.
- Juan Goytisolo
(Keywords: Inspiration, Innocence, Language, Writer)

Innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm.
- Graham Greene
(Keywords: Dumb, Harm, Innocence, Meaning, World)

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
(Keywords: Dumb, Harm, Innocence, Meaning, Protection, World)

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
(Keywords: Thought, Books, Children, Innocence, Writing)

Ignorance is not innocence but sin.
- Robert Browning Hamilton
(Keywords: Ignorance, Innocence, Sin)

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
(Keywords: First, Innocence, Nothing, Vulnerability)

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
(Keywords: Children, Heaven, Hell, Innocence, Losing, Pain, Will)

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
(Keywords: Being, Goodness, Innocence, World)

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
(Keywords: Being, Children, Innocence, May)

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
(Keywords: Business, Idea, Innocence, Insecurity)

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
(Keywords: Day, Evolution, Innocence, May, Will)

The only thing I was trying to portray was serenity. Also, innocence, vulnerability and elegance.
- Sylvia Kristel
(Keywords: Elegance, Innocence, Serenity, Trying, Vulnerability)

Individualism is rather like innocence; there must be something unconscious about it.
- Louis Kronenberger
(Keywords: Individualism, Innocence, Unconscious)

Unlike any other business in the United States, sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence.
- Lewis H. Lapham
(Keywords: Business, Sports, Illusion, Innocence, states, United)

There have always been poets who performed. Blake sang his Songs of Innocence and Experience to parties of friends.
- Adrian Mitchell
(Keywords: Experience, Friends, Innocence, Poets, Songs)

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
(Keywords: Culture, End, Innocence, Obsession, Youth)

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
(Keywords: Government, Constitution, Innocence, Now, states, United)

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
(Keywords: Truth, Court, Innocence, Law, Will)

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
(Keywords: Movies, Sex, Drugs, Innocence, May)

Atheism is aristocratic; the idea of a great Being that watches over oppressed innocence and punishes triumphant crime is altogether popular.
- Maximilien Robespierre
(Keywords: Idea, Atheism, Being, Crime, Innocence, Popular)

Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Guilt, Innocence, Protection)

Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Keywords: Blushes, Innocence, Nothing)

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
(Keywords: Power, Experience, Artist, Ethics, Innocence, Writer)

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
(Keywords: Nature, Defense, Innocence, Justice, Resentment, Security)

Victims suggest innocence. And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms, suggests guilt.
- Susan Sontag
(Keywords: Guilt, Innocence, Logic, Victims)

I can sing very comfortably from my vantage point because a lot of the music was about a loss of innocence, there's innocence contained in you but there's also innocence in the process of being lost.
- Bruce Springsteen
(Keywords: Music, Being, Innocence, Loss)

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
(Keywords: Trust, Day, Innocence, Security)

I think innocence is something that adults project upon children that's not really there.
- Donna Tartt
(Keywords: Children, Innocence, Project)

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
(Keywords: Men, Peace, Love, Angels, Earth, Innocence, Pleasure)

The innocence that feels no risk and is taught no caution, is more vulnerable than guilt, and oftener assailed.
- Nathaniel Parker Willis
(Keywords: Caution, Guilt, Innocence, Risk)

Art saved me; it got me through my depression and self-loathing, back to a place of innocence.
- Jeanette Winterson
(Keywords: Art, Depression, Innocence, Self)

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