Quotations About / On: INNOCENCE
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).)
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).)
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).)
Innocence: "I am only stepping on your face because it lies in my path."
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
Finally my innocence begins to weigh me down.
(Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Orestes, in Andromache, act 3, sc. 1 (1667).)
The graceful flowers of innocence are more valuable than the laurel crown of fame.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Phaon, in Sappho, act 3, sc. 6 (1819).)
All things truly wicked start from an innocence.
(Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. A Moveable Feast, ch. 17 (1964).)
I don't know how to defend myself: surprised innocence cannot imagine being under suspicion.
(Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Rodogune, in Rodogune, act 5, sc. 4 (1644).)
Innocence is thought charming because it offers delightful possibilities for exploitation.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)