Quotations About / On:
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).)
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).)
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).)
All things truly wicked start from an innocence.
(Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. A Moveable Feast, ch. 17 (1964).)
There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.
(Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 5 (1987, trans. 1990).)
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.)
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?")
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).)