Quotations About / On: INNOCENCE

  • 1.
    Victims suggest innocence. And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms, suggests guilt.
    (Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. AIDS and Its Metaphors, ch. 1 (1989).)
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  • 2.
    Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, pp. 346-347, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 3.
    Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
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  • 4.
    Finally my innocence begins to weigh me down.
    (Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Orestes, in Andromache, act 3, sc. 1 (1667).)
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  • 5.
    All things truly wicked start from an innocence.
    (Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. A Moveable Feast, ch. 17 (1964).)
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  • 6.
    There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.
    (Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 5 (1987, trans. 1990).)
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  • 7.
    Nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Cecil Graham, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 2.)
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  • 8.
    Part of me died in Vietnam, part of me never came back. The part of me that is called 'Innocence'
    (Arrived in Vietnam at age of 18 in May 1966. I left in January 1968 right before the TET offensive.)
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  • 9.
    In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
    (A.E. (Alfred Edward) Housman (1859-1936), British poet, classical scholar. Quoted in Prokosch, "The Sneeze," Voices: A Memoir (1983). Housman asked Prokosch, whose volume The Asiatics had been published to critical acclaim, "Is your air of simplicity just a part of your cunning, or is your cunning just an aspect of your inner simplicity?")
  • 10.
    It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't.
    (Mignon McLaughlin (b. c. 1915), U.S. author, editor. The Neurotic's Notebook (1963).)
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