Innocence is a term that describes the lack of guilt of an individual, with respect to a crime. It may also be used to indicate a general lack of guilt, with respect to any kind of crime, sin, or wrongdoing.
- Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.
- Lyman Abbott, quoted in The Seven Powerful Secrets of Emotional Sex (2005) by A. Vishwanath, p. 144.
- Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
- Anatole France, in Les Dieux Ont Soif [The Gods Are Thirsty] (1912), Chapter XV
- Summer has come and passed
The innocent can never last.
- I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
- 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, quoted in The Truth in Words : Inspiring Quotes for the Reflective Mind (2002) by Paras, p. 107.
- Assuredly we bring not innocence not the world, we bring impurity much rather: that which purifies us is trial, and trial is by what is contrary.
- 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.
- Innocence in genius, and candor in power, are both noble qualities.
- Anne Louise Germaine de Staël, in On Germany (1813), Part II, Chapter VIII
- Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
- A story of innocence in a world of ignorance.
- Tag line of "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas".
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 395-96.
- To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower:
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
- William Blake, Auguries of Innocence.
- E'en drunken Andrew felt the blow
That innocence can give,
When its resistless accents flow
To bid affection live.
- Robert Bloomfield, The Drunken Father, Stanza 18.
- O mon Dieu, conserve-moi innocente, donne la grandeur aux autres!
O God, keep me innocent; make others great!
- Caroline Matilda, scratched on a window of the Castle Fredericksburg, Denmark.
- As innocent as a new-laid egg.
- W. S. Gilbert, Engaged, Act I.
- An age that melts with unperceiv'd decay,
And glides in modest innocence away.
- Samuel Johnson, Vanity of Human Wishes, line 293.
- On devient innocent quand on est malheureux.
- Translated: We become innocent when we are unfortunate.
- Jean de La Fontaine, Nymphes de Vaux.
- What can innocence hope for,
When such as sit her judges are corrupted!
- Philip Massinger, The Maid of Honour, (c. 1621; printed 1632), Act V, scene 2.
- He's armed without that's innocent within.
- Alexander Pope, Epistles of Horace, Epistle I, Book I, line 93.
- Mais l'innocence enfin n'a rien à redouter.
- Translated: But innocence has nothing to dread.
- Jean Racine, Phèdre, III. 6.
- Quam angusta innocentia est, ad legem bonum esse.
- Translated: What narrow innocence it is for one to be good only according to the law.
- Seneca, De Ira, II. 27.
- O, take the sense, sweet, of my innocence,
Love takes the meaning in love's conference.
- Hence, bashful cunning!
And prompt me, plain and holy innocence!
- We were as twinn'd lambs that did frisk i' the sun,
And bleat the one at the other; what we chang'd
Was innocence for innocence; we knew not
The doctrine of ill-doing, nor dream'd
That any did.
- I doubt not then but innocence shall make
False accusation blush, and tyranny
Tremble at patience.
- O, white innocence,
That thou shouldst wear the mask of guilt to hide
Thine awful and serenest countenance
From those who know thee not!
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Cenci (1819), Act V, scene 3, line 24.