Innocence once lost cannot be regained.
Duluth! The word fell upon my ear with a peculiar and indescribable charm, like the gentle murmur of a low fountain stealing forth in the midst of roses, or the soft sweet accent of an angel’s whisper in the bright, joyous dream of sleeping innocence. ’T was the name for which my soul had panted for years, as the hart panteth for the water-brooks.j(ames) proctor knott
The pose of innocence is as mandatory as the ability to eat banquet food and endure the scourging of the press.lewis h. lapham
A story of innocence in a world of ignorance.
His voice rose under the black smoke before the burning wreckage of the island; and infected by that emotion, the other little boys began to shake and sob too. And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.william golding
For I had expected always Some brightness to hold in trust , Some final innocence To save from duststephen spender
Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.Albert Camus
innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
The secret motive of the absent-minded is to be innocent while guilty. Absent-mindedness is spurious innocence.Saul Bellow
Had Adam tenderly reproved his wife, and endeavored to lead her to repentance instead of sharing in her guilt, I should be much more ready to accord to man that superiority which he claims; but as the facts stand disclosed by the sacred historian, it appears to me that to say the least, there was as much weakness exhibited by Adam as by Eve. They both fell from innocence, and consequently from happiness, but not from equality.sarah grimké
When virtue is pictured as innocence and innocence equated with childlikeness, the implication is obviously that knowledge and experience are no longer media of goodness, but have become in themselves contaminating. This is a very despairing outlook, in its way as black as Augustine's original sin, for it supposes that original goodness will in all likelihood be defiled…It surrenders the attempt to represent virtue in a mature phase.marina warner
La passion comblée a son innocence, presque aussi fragile que toute autre.marguerite yourcenar
The presumption of innocence only means you don't go right to jail.ann coulter
As one civil-liberties lawyer, who is concerned about the sometimes vigilante attitude toward accused rapists, puts it: "Some people regard rape as so heinous an offense that they would not even regard innocence as a defense."alan dershowitz
An age that melts in unperceiv'd decay, And glides in modest innocence away.samuel johnson
My voice in combination with the harp - which, by the way, I use because I've played it my entire life, not to make some statement about the harp - somehow has ... coloured people's interpretations of the music and projected an idea of childlike or fairytale quality or innocence. Which sometimes prevents people from listening to the songs the way I would like them to be listened to.joanna newsom
Both the Oblation Board and the Specters of Indifference are bewitched by this truth about human beings: that innocence is different from experience. The Oblation Board fears and hates Dust, and the Specters feast on it, but it's Dust both of them are obsessed by.philip pullman
The essential self is innocent, and when it tastes its own innocence knows that it lives for ever.john updike
An age that melts with unperceiv'd decay, and glides in modest innocence away.samuel johnson
Hence, bashful cunning! And prompt me, plain and holy innocence!william shakespeare
It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't.
We live in a culture in which intelligence is denied relevance altogether, in a search for radical innocence, or is defended as an instrument of authority and repression. In my view, the only intelligence worth defending is critical, dialectical, skeptical, desimplifying.
'Remember, my child: Without innocence the cross is only iron, hope is only an illusion & Ocean Soul's nothing but a name...'
innocence in genius, and candor in power, are both noble qualities.