Quotations About / On: INNOCENCE

  • 1.
    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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  • 2.
    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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  • 3.
    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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  • 4.
    There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.
    (Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 5 (1987, trans. 1990).)
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    Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 467 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 6.
    The Southerner is usually tolerant of those weaknesses that proceed from innocence.
    (Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), U.S. fiction writer and essayist. As quoted in review of The Devil's Dream, a book by Lee Smith, by Robert Houston (1992). O'Connor was a lifelong resident of Georgia.)
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  • 7.
    Ignorance is learned; innocence is forgotten.
    (José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 46, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
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  • 8.
    To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.
    (Ouida [Marie Louise De La Ramée] (1839-1908), British novelist. repr. In Wisdom, Wit and Pathos (1884). Two Little Wooden Shoes (1874).)
  • 9.
    There is an innocence in lying which is the sign of good faith in a cause.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 5, p. 103, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Beyond Good and Evil, "Fourth Part: Maxims and Interludes," section 180 (1886).)
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  • 10.
    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).)
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