Everyone has the heartbreak that shapes them in a way that they could never go back to the innocence that they had before.
— Zooey Deschanel
I'm not saying eating babies should be legal, but when they're so delicious, what's the harm in it? I don't know what tastes better, their innocence or their gooey rib butter.
— Zach Braff
Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
— Yoko Ono
An interlude of false innocence has passed. Today, as we enter the post-photographic era, we must face once again the ineradicable fragility of our ontological distinctions between the imaginary and the real, and the tragic elusiveness of the Cartesian dream. We have indeed learnt to fix the shadows, but not to secure their meanings or to stabilize their truth values; they still flicker on the walls of Plato's cave.
— William J. Mitchell
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
When grown people speak of the innocence of children, they dont really know what they mean. Pressed, they will go a step further and say, Well, ignorance then. The child is neither. There is no crime which a boy of eleven had not envisaged long ago. His only innocence is, he may not be old enough to desire the fruits of it...his ignorance is, he does not know how to commit it...
— William Faulkner
Had laws not been, we never had been blam'd; For not to know we sinn'd is innocence.
— William Davenant
Guilt is ever at a loss, and confusion waits upon it; when innocence and bold truth are always ready for expression.
— William Congreve
Remorse is virtue's root; its fair increase is fruits of innocence and blessedness.
— William C. Bryant
It is sometimes asserted that a surgical operation is or should be a work of art ... fit to rank with those of the painter or sculptor. ... That proposition does not admit of discussion. It is a product of the intellectual innocence which I think we surgeons may fairly claim to possess, and which is happily not inconsistent with a quite adequate worldly wisdom.
— Wilfred Trotter
Experience had taught me that innocence seldom utters outraged shrikes. Guilt does. Innocence is a mighty shield, and the man or woman covered by it, is much more likely to answer calmly: 'My life is blameless. Look into it, if you like, for you will find nothing.' That is the tone of innocence.
— Whittaker Chambers
Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.
— Whittaker Chambers
Those who judge children in their innocence, prove themselves the lesser of character and the greater of ignorance.
— Wes Fesler
I don't care whether the person is guilty or not guilty. It's not my business to establish guilt or innocence. It's a court of law that does that and a jury does that, but not me.
— Werner Herzog
Walt Disney, of all people, did a good job of describing his own netony. "People who have worked with me say I am 'innocence in action,'" he wrote. "They say I have the innocence and unselfconsciousness of a child. Maybe I have. I still look at the world with uncontaminated wonder."
— Warren G. Bennis
If U.S. foreign policy results in massive death and destruction abroad, we cannot feign innocence when some of that destruction is returned.
— Ward Churchill
Behind innocence there gathers a clotted mass of superstition, of twisted and misdirected impulse; clandestine flirtation, fads, and ragtime fill the unventilated mind.
— Walter Lippmann
Few can remember clearly when innocence came to a sudden end, the moment at which we ask for the first time: Am I loved?
— W. H. Auden
Many people find it easy to imagine unseen webs of malevolent conspiracy in the world, and they are not always wrong. But there is also an innocence that conspires to hold humanity together, and it is made of people who can never fully know the good that they have done.
— Tracy Kidder
I had become conscious of my physicality, aware of my presence and open to the ugly truths of the world. At the age of thirteen, I realised that there was a danger in innocence and beauty, and I could not live with both.
— Tracey Emin
I use innocence in my demeanor like a Venus flytrap.
— Tori Amos
Look, I'm standing naked before you; Don't you want more than my sex? I can scream as loud as your last one, But I can't claim innocence.
— Tori Amos
I met Big Pun when I was a young boy. I think that he really gravitated to my innocence.
— Tony Sunshine
It was quite a European war until 1917, when the Americans joined up. They don't have the same sense of the loss of innocence and the cataclysmic loss of life. A whole generation was wiped out.
— Tom Hiddleston
So much of what a pet is about for us is that it becomes a vessel for yearnings, dreams, illusions, hopes and so forth. It's a projection of the ultimate innocence and purity. That's why it's hard to see a dog in its dogness. That's why, when some harm comes to a dog, it's much harder for an audience to deal with that, more so than dealing with harm that comes to a child or anything human.
— Todd Solondz
American movies and music deliver themes of freedom, innocence, and power that appeal to others - partly because America itself was put together out of a multiplicity of national traditions.
— Todd Gitlin
To be a writer you need to see things as they are, and to see things as they are you need a certain basic innocence.
— Tobias Wolff
I might have some character traits that some might see as innocence or naive. That's because I discovered peace and happiness in my soul. And with this knowledge, I also see the beauty of human life.
— Tobey Maguire
My innocence is a dying flower
— Tite Kubo
There could never be innocence in a world without justice.
— Tim Bowler
If it had not been for the pernicious power of envy, men would not so have exalted vengeance above innocence and profit above justice... in these acts of revenge on others, men take it upon themselves to begin the process of repealing those general laws of humanity which are there to give a hope of salvation to all who are in distress.
Coerced innocence is like an imprisoned lark,-open the door, and it is off forever. The bird that roams through the sky and the groves unrestrained knows how to dodge the hawk and protect itself; but the caged one, the moment it leaves its bars and bolts behind, is pounced upon by the fowler or the vulture.
— Thomas Chandler Haliburton
The only thing I was trying to portray was serenity. Also, innocence, vulnerability and elegance.
— Sylvia Kristel
Innocence and mystery never dwell long together.
— Suzanne Curchod
For I see that then I was still all in a state of innocence, but that innocence, once lost, is lost forever.
— Susan Hill
Innocence as we understand it in our culture is very theatrical. The flip side is, if youre charming enough, you can get away with anything.
— Susan Choi
Puzzles are like songs - A good puzzle can give you all the pleasure of being duped that a mystery story can. It has surface innocence, surprise, the revelation of a concealed meaning, and the catharsis of solution.
— Stephen Sondheim
I really enjoyed being a blonde. Men were more friendly and flirtatious. My face looked more worldly. It took the innocence away. It could be the new me.
— Stephanie Zimbalist
Knowledge is a burden if it robs you of innocence. Knowledge is a burden if it is not integrated into life. Knowledge is a burden if it doesn't bring joy. Knowledge is a burden if it gives you an idea that you are wise. Knowledge is a burden if it doesn't set you free. Knowledge is a burden if it makes you feel you are special.
— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
I think what you have inside reflects very much in your face, in your expression. If you can find a kind of equilibrium in life, you never really get old, because you have that kind of ingenuity and innocence inside that gives you that brightness and that glint in your eye that generally, getting older, you lose.
— Sophia Loren