29 quotes about Innocence
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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.
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There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.
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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.
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Every harlot was a virgin once.
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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.
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The innocent is the person who explains nothing.
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The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything; it is he that gets the most out of life.
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One threatens the innocent who spares the guilty.
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Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
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It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be.
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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.
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Innocent as a dove you will harm no one, but wise as a serpent no one will harm you.
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All things truly wicked start from an innocence.
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He is armed without who is innocent within, be this thy screen, and this thy wall of brass.
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Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.
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She looked as though butter wouldn't melt in her mouth --or anywhere else.
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It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't.
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To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.
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Now my innocence begins to weigh me down.
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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.
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Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends.
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If you would live innocently, seek solitude.
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I know we're not saints or virgins or lunatics; we know all the lust and lavatory jokes, and most of the dirty people; 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.
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Certainly Adam in Paradise had not more sweet and curious apprehensions of the world, than I when I was a child.
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The temperate person's pleasures are durable because they are regular; and all their life is calm and serene, because it is innocent.
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The essential self is innocent, and when it tastes its own innocence knows that it lives for ever.
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Nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion.
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Children, I grant, should be innocent; but when the epithet is applied to men, or women, it is but a civil term for weakness.
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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.
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