Best Quotes About Innocence

It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't. -Mignon McLaughlin

The knowledge that makes us cherish innocence makes innocence unattainable. -Irving Howe

What innocence, may I ask, is being played here when it is known that this virtuous damsel has already got a dozen illegitimate children? -Nikita Khrushchev

Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action? -Arthur Miller

Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors. -Henry David Thoreau

Individualism is rather like innocence; there must be something unconscious about it. -Louis Kronenberger

There is no aphrodisiac like innocence. -Jean Baudrillard

Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence – a lot passes you by – simply because your attention is otherwise diverted. -Anita Brookner

Never resist a sentence you like, in which language takes its own pleasure and in which, after having abused it for so long, you are stupefied by its innocence. -Jean Baudrillard

Innocence always calls mutely for protection when we would be so much wiser to guard ourselves against it: innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm. -Graham Greene

In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning. -A. E. Housman

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. -Adam Smith

Victims suggest innocence. And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms, suggests guilt. -Susan Sontag

Power is something of which I am convinced there is no innocence this side of the womb. -Nadine Gordimer

All things truly wicked start from innocence. -Ernest Hemingway

Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization. -Bo Bennett

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

I think that freshness and that innocence is something that is missing from a lot of female singers. I'm certainly not denying that I'm young, but I'm not fluff. -Jessica Simpson

Where I live, nobody who's fourteen is having sex and doing major drugs. And I think if you see it in the movies, you may be influenced by it. I think it's so important to preserve your innocence. -Natalie Portman

Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice. -Lyman Abbott

Once you start asking questions, innocence is gone. -Mary Astor

To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery. -Ouida

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

A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men. -Martin Farquhar Tupper

Atheism is aristocratic; the idea of a great Being that watches over oppressed innocence and punishes triumphant crime is altogether popular. -Maximilien Robespierre

Crime butchers innocence to secure a throne, and innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime. -Maximilien Robespierre

The Architect is just one of a series of works which examine the confrontation of innocence and experience, illustrating the complex ethics of power that exist between reader and writer, critic and artist, the human and the divine. -John Scott

Remorse is virtue's root; its fair increase are fruits of innocence and blessedness. -William Cullen Bryant

When you become a parent, or a teacher, you turn into a manager of this whole system. You become the person controlling the bubble of innocence around a child, regulating it. -Kazuo Ishiguro

The pain comes from knowing that we have never been safe, and therefore will never be safe again. It comes from knowing we can never be so ignorant again. It comes from knowing we can never be children again. Losing innocence. Remembering heaven. That was the essence of hell. -John Jakes

Art is the fatal net which catches these strange moments on the wing like mysterious butterflies, fleeing the innocence and distraction of common men. -Giorgio de Chirico

Ignorance is not innocence but sin. -Robert Browning

All we can do is keep going up against then as long as Ray is alive because when he dies it will not be possible to establish the truth of his innocence in a court of law. -William Pepper

The United States government can indict you on something, and now you've got to prove your innocence. And that's not the Constitution of the United States. -Leonard Peltier

I had no idea that he was going to write that, but I've always believed that insecurity was what would keep you always in your innocence, no matter what the business did. -Sally Kirkland

I think it's hard to write about children and to have an idea of innocence. -Donna Tartt

I think innocence is something that adults project upon children that's not really there. -Donna Tartt

People are entitled to the presumption of innocence. -Barney Frank

It may part of a one way evolution… or it may be we are currently on the downside of an innocence cycle where one day, with an up cycle, sweet will be entertaining again. -Christopher Knight

The only thing I was trying to portray was serenity. Also, innocence, vulnerability and elegance. -Sylvia Kristel

It doesn't bother me that Seven has such an overtly sexual presence, because she has no concept of what effect that physical package would have on some male member of the crew. That's what's fun, her innocence. -Jeri Ryan

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

I started writing books for children because I could illustrate them myself and because, in my innocence, I thought they'd be easier. -Mark Haddon

Every life is march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice. -Lyman Abbott

The writer cannot abandon himself simply to inspiration, and feign innocence vis a vis language, because language is never innocent. -Juan Goytisolo

The decision of such judges as Claudius and his Senate is worth very little in the question of a man's innocence or guilt; but the sentence was that Seneca should be banished to the island of Corsica. -Frederic William Farrar

It's the first villain that I've played in a movie that has absolutely no vulnerability and no innocence, nothing whatsoever that is likeable about her other than she's so bad. -Daryl Hannah

Art saved me; it got me through my depression and self-loathing, back to a place of innocence. -Jeanette Winterson

But when you're writing a script – for me anyway – you have to sort of create an enforced innocence. You have to divest yourself of worrying about a lot of stuff like what movies are hot, what movies are not hot, what the budget of this movie might be. -David Cronenberg

I can sing very comfortably from my vantage point because a lot of the music was about a loss of innocence, there's innocence contained in you but there's also innocence in the process of being lost. -Bruce Springsteen

America fell in love with the innocence of a kid who just was honest, saying, I did the best I could, and I had no formal training. -Paula Abdul

Jesse Jackson, when I met him, he had an innocence about him which is still very much a part of him today. -Jackie Jackson

Justice while she winks at crimes, Stumbles on innocence sometimes. -Samuel Butler

The essential self is innocent, and when it tastes its own innocence knows that it lives for ever. -John Updike

Unlike any other business in the United States, sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence. -Lewis H. Lapham

The innocence that feels no risk and is taught no caution, is more vulnerable than guilt, and oftener assailed. -Nathaniel Parker Willis

Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being. -Albert Camus

In an age robbed of religious symbols, going to the shops replaces going to the church. We have a free choice, but at a price. We can win experience, but never achieve innocence. Marx knew that the epic activities of the modern world involve not lance and sword but dry goods. -Stephen Bayley

There is an innocence in admiration; it is found in those to whom it has never yet occurred that they, too, might be admired some day. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Being at the centre of a film is a burden one takes on with innocence the first time. Thereafter, you take it on with trepidation. -Daniel Day-Lewis

Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence. -Mason Cooley

Anxiety is the beginning of conscience, which is the parent of the soul but is not compatible with innocence. -Angela Carter

I don't know how to defend myself: surprised innocence cannot imagine being under suspicion. -Pierre Corneille

The Southerner is usually tolerant of those weaknesses that proceed from innocence. -Flannery O'Connor

I didn't do what they said I did. I may have done enough so that I don't know if I can prove my innocence. -Dick Morris

Do you know anything that in all its innocence is more humiliating than the funny pages of a Sunday newspaper in America? -Johan Huizinga

Bad company is as instructive as licentiousness. One makes up for the loss of one's innocence with the loss of one's prejudices. -Denis Diderot

Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Being part of the natural world reminds me that innocence isn't ever lost completely; we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it. -Jewel

I'm just glad I was able to return to some of that innocence and beauty I had as a child when I started my own family, and my children brought me back some of that spirit. -Angelina Jolie

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

I think there's an innocence to me. -Krista Allen

I feel I lost my innocence to cancer. -Delta Goodrem

India has the purity, the innocence. India knows what it wants. There is a direction. It has so much to offer. -Anil Kapoor

Always changing genres, making very different films is a good idea. It's a way of making yourself feel vulnerable again, getting back to that innocence. As is working within a circumspect budget. -Danny Boyle

The innocence of childhood is like the innocence of a lot of animals. -Clint Eastwood

An important and fundamental premise of the American judicial system is the presumption of innocence, that is until proven guilty. -DMX

I just feel like every kid is growing up too fast and they're seeing too much. Everything is about sex, and that's fine for me. I'm not saying I don't like it. But I don't think it should be everywhere, where kids are exposed to everything sexual. Because they have to have some innocence; there's just no innocence left. -Ellen DeGeneres

This is a generation weaned on Watergate, and there is no presumption of innocence and no presumption of good intentions. Instead, there is a presumption that, without relentless scrutiny, the government will misbehave. -Dee Dee Myers

I believe I am entitled like any other person to have the presumption of innocence. -Peter Slipper

Over the years Woodstock got glorified and romanticised and became the event that symbolised Utopia. It's the last page of our collective memory of the age of innocence. Then things turned ugly and would never be the same again. -Ang Lee

I suppose there's a melancholy tone at the back of the American mind, a sense of something lost. And it's the lost world of Thomas Jefferson. It is the lost sense of innocence that we could live with a very minimal state, with a vast sense of space in which to work out freedom. -George Will

Louis Malle was the best filmmaker I've ever worked with. He was such an artist. He was dealing with the theme of innocence and experience. -Brooke Shields

To the former child migrants, who came to Australia from a home far away, led to believe this land would be a new beginning, when only to find it was not a beginning, but an end, an end of innocence – we apologise and we are sorry. To the mothers who lost the maternal right to love and care for their child – we apologise, and we are sorry. -Malcolm Turnbull

Like, you can find your dream, if you firmly believe. You have to have the innocence, and you have to have the daringness to trust. -Bai Ling

I feel like I'm a much better person when I'm developing my imagination and my innocence and my vulnerability. I like that version of me better than the version where I'm just working on my analytical mind. -Brit Marling

I realise that I had the best of serious picture journalism. There was an innocence in our approach, especially in the 1950s and 1960s when we naively believed that by holding a mirror up to the world we could help – no matter how little – to make people aware of the human condition. -Eve Arnold

More than fantasy or even science fiction, Ray Bradbury wrote horror, and like so many great horror writers he was himself utterly without fear, of anything. He wasn't afraid of looking uncool – he wasn't scared to openly love innocence, or to be optimistic, or to write sentimentally when he felt that way. -Lev Grossman

Not even the brightest future can make up for the fact that no roads lead back to what came before – to the innocence of childhood or the first time we fell in love. -Jo Nesbo

Social media is great, I guess, but it feels like technology is the sapper of innocence. -Chris O'Dowd

The kind of people that love 'The Rocketeer' are the kind of people that love good storytelling and innocence and a better world, so to speak, so they're almost always nice people to bump into. -Billy Campbell

Once a child is confronted with the concept of death there's a certain innocence that goes. -Patsy Kensit

I am not a 'defender' of the September 11 attacks, but simply pointing out that 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

I love the excitement, the childlike spirit of innocence and just about everything that goes along with Christmas. -Hillary Scott

Ah yes, the paradox of publicity is that even as we do it, we know it's killing off the chance of another reader happening across our book in the ideal state of innocence. -Emma Donoghue

Sometimes I'll be sitting with my friends; I'll say something Koothrappali-esque and make a face. There is a lot of Koothrappali in me as a human being. A lot of mannerism, humor, mischievousness, my innocence. So I don't know if I bring him home so much as I bring myself to him at work. -Kunal Nayyar

I can remember being eight, and I like writing about that age of innocence when children still have a sense of wonder. -John Boyne

Remaining childish is a tremendous state of innocence. -John Lydon

A lot of children grow up in poverty with flawed parents, but their inner world is still as inherently filled with wonder and innocence as children who are kept away from the city's underbelly. -Heather O'Neill

I'm interested in how innocence fares when it collides with hard reality. -Geoffrey S. Fletcher

Pop music has been exhausted. The innocence has been exhausted. I think we've lost the ability to be blown away by music. -Brian Wilson

One of the things I loved about my childhood was that I didn't feel like I lost my innocence too young, like some children these days. -Danielle de Niese

The thing that's really cool for me about Miami Beach is you have this dichotomy between sunlight and family and happiness and innocence and then at night, darker, stranger mob conspiracy stuff sort of comes out. It seems like a storytelling engine. You can just keep writing about how those two worlds smash into each other. -Mitch Glazer

I lost my innocence with Johnny Cash. I used to watch the 'Johnny Cash Show' on television in Wangaratta when I was about 9 or 10 years old. At that stage I had really no idea about rock n' roll. I watched him, and from that point I saw that music could be an evil thing – a beautiful, evil thing. -Nick Cave

So many times I've photographed stories that show the degradation of the planet. I had one idea to go and photograph the factories that were polluting, and to see all the deposits of garbage. But, in the end, I thought the only way to give us an incentive, to bring hope, is to show the pictures of the pristine planet – to see the innocence. -Sebastiao Salgado

Having a birthday cake squashed into your face by young kids? Delicious. I always don a Santa suit at Christmas. Remaining childish is a tremendous state of innocence. -John Lydon

I've always felt this, from when I was growing up to now with my son Riley. We don't let them be little. I was not a normal kid, but I had a sense of innocence far longer than we let kids. -Melissa Peterman

I don't think the law exists to arrive at the truth. If it did, we wouldn't have exclusionary rules, we wouldn't have presumptions of innocence, we wouldn't have proof beyond reasonable doubt. There's an enormous difference between the role of truth in law and the role of truth in science. In law, truth is one among many goals. -Alan Dershowitz

My wide eyes make me look much younger without make-up, and although it's fun to have a line in innocence corrupted, I doubt I'll get to play the vampy vixen or a Hedda Gabler or Lady Macbeth. -Talulah Riley

To cut short the question of the law of retaliation, we must note that even in its primitive form it can operate only between two individuals of whom one is absolutely innocent, and the other absolutely guilty. The victim, to be sure, is innocent. But can the society that is supposed to represent the victim lay claim to innocence? -Albert Camus

I think scent is sensual. I guess evoking a mood or a spirit is key, and I think with the women's fragrances we have evoked different types, moods or sensibilities of a woman – whether it's Daisy with the sweetness and the innocence or Lola which is more provocative, sexy and sultry. -Marc Jacobs

We've let the blade of our innocence dull over time, and it's only in innocence that you find any kind of magic, any kind of courage. -Sean Penn

When I started, there was something almost romantic about the notion of paparazzi. I mean, it wasn't. They were still chasing you down the road. But that guy had to put film in his camera and work out whether it was worth pressing the button to take the shot, otherwise he's got to stop and change the film. So it was like this age of innocence. -Kylie Minogue

'Good Times' is a story about the loss of innocence, how adults are responsible for their actions but children aren't. -Lynda Barry

You do not have to incriminate yourself. But once you assert your innocence, and once you say you didn't do anything wrong, you can't then use the Fifth Amendment to say, 'I'm not answering questions.' -Rush Limbaugh

The quality of artistry is the capacity to assume innocence at will, the quality of experiencing innocence as if for the first time. -Robert Fripp

I was loved as a kid; I was raised with more love and emotional support than most folks could wish for… my memories aged nought to ten… are all bound up together in a mesh of innocence and fun. -Johnny Vegas

I was a nursery school teacher, and I worked with youth groups. I loved that job. It was exhausting, but you got a lot back – all their purity and insight and innocence is so on the surface, and they're so unrepressed; they'd really scream at you and then give you a massive kiss. -Bat for Lashes

People might think I'm very hard, what with my black make-up, my hair over my eyes, etc. My innocence didn't always help me, but it did preserve something in me that maybe others don't have anymore. I'm inside my bubble, you could say, and thankfully so, because I don't think daily life is always great. It protects me. -Carine Roitfeld

The great advantage of having a bear as a central character is that he can combine the innocence of a child with the sophistication of an adult. -Michael Bond

You get to relive your childhood when you have a baby and you see these toys and these books you read when you were little – the innocence that you are able to maintain because you have to find that again in order to connect with your child keeps you in a special state of mind. -Idina Menzel

I can sing 'Happy Birthday' to you in twelve different places, but one of them is going to make you feel a certain thing, maybe it's a vulnerability, maybe an innocence, maybe another way is sexy and soulful or bluesy whatever it is, but with singers, exploring keys, I think, is important. -Idina Menzel

It is easy to bare your body, but it is difficult to bare your soul. What works for me is that I am not a city-raised boy with city-raised sensibilities. I can play the vulnerable tough man, the guy with a gun in his hand, tears in his eyes, fire in his heart, innocence in him, and in his arms a woman he loves. -Randeep Hooda

One of my favorite passages in 'Leaves of Grass,' that breathless, exuberant poem so rich and full of innocence and joy and generosity and compassion, is 'Mannahatta.' -Cathleen Schine

WWI is a romantic war, in all senses of the word. An entire generation of men and women left the comforts of Edwardian life to travel bravely, and sometimes even jauntily, to almost certain death. At the very least, any story or novel about WWI is about innocence shattered in the face of experience. -Anita Shreve

I loved 'Matilda.' The kids are so brilliant and uninhibited. They were inspiring. Seeing them onstage, just going wild, reminded me of when I was that age. I was excited for them and completely taken by their innocence and hard work. -Matthew James Thomas

God never meant that people were to wear clothes. He meant we were to be nude. But we were in a state of innocence. Then sin came into the human race and became a blood poisoning. -Billy Graham

When I first made a grid, I happened to be thinking of the innocence of trees, and then a grid came into my mind and I thought it represented innocence, and I still do, and so I painted it and then I was satisfied. I thought, 'This is my vision.' -Agnes Martin

Nuclear scientists lost their innocence when we used the atom bomb for the very first time. So we could argue computer scientists lost their innocence in 2009 when we started using malware as an offensive attack weapon. -Mikko Hypponen

I've always been fascinated with the stealing of innocence. It's the most heinous crime, and certainly a capital crime if there ever was one. -Clint Eastwood

I think the heartbreak of September 11 – America's grief not only over the loss of life but also the loss of our own innocence – has expanded us as people because it has tenderized our hearts. On a psychological level, the American people have matured as a result of that awful day. -Marianne Williamson

Some may remember, if you have good memories, that there used to be a concept in Anglo-American law called a presumption of innocence, innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Now that's so deep in history that there's no point even bringing it up, but it did once exist. -Noam Chomsky

When someone comes forward and is an individual, such as a Lady Gaga or a Katy Perry, people respond to them because there is that sense of innocence. It's obviously dress up and theatre. -Brad Goreski

I've got a massive actor girl crush on Carey Mulligan, so I'd love to be buddies with her. She just oozes this joyful, natural innocence and always brings a nice emotional depth to her character. -Holliday Grainger

Tony Curtis was a joy to work with. He had a curious innocence that is very young and wise at the same time. -Nicolas Roeg

I like being able to see an innocence in people. I see a lot of beauty in youth. Young people are in progress. Their faces and bodies and minds are constantly changing. It's exciting to capture that on film. -Bernardo Bertolucci

I think Indian women are very beautiful. They have a sense of elegance and innocence. -Pierce Brosnan

Do you know what absolute happiness is? For me, it is to wake up my kids in the morning – these little pieces of innocence – to wake them and find they're so happy to see me! It is unequivocal love, no question about it. -Michael Douglas

In Staten Island, when you have video showing the alleged chokehold used on Eric Garner, why not go to trial and have the officer(s) explain the tape, and then this jury can determine guilt or innocence? The tape should guarantee that there should be a trial. -Al Sharpton

Be ever watchful for the opportunity to shelter little children with the umbrella of your charity; be generous to their schools, their hospitals, and their places of worship. For, as they must bear the burdens of our mistakes, so are they in their innocence the repositories of our hopes for the upward progress of humanity. -Conrad Hilton

Presumptions of guilt or innocence may sometimes be strengthened or weakened by the place of birth and kind of education and associates a man has grown up with, and good character may at times interpose, and justly save, under suspicion, one who is accused of crime on slight circumstances. -Levi Woodbury

I have always said that innocence is much more powerful than experience. -Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I have no better way of judging guilt or innocence than anyone else. -Robert Shapiro

My stepmother appeared when I was about 9. My brother was sent off to an institute in Scotland & my sister & I were sent to school. As my stepmother's ideas were then wholly Quaker, mixed with a naive & charming innocence & a little snobbery, it was one dotty epoch on top of another. I always remained terrified of my father. -Louis MacNeice

While you're finding evidence of innocence, you also find evidence that points to other people. -Peter Jackson

I prefer to write books for children instead of reading them. But I do strongly believe in childhood and in respecting childhood innocence. I don't like books for children that deal with adult themes. -Philip Kerr

When I started off in music, I started with a real innocence, a real love for the instrument, the writing the songs, the playing the songs and the sharing and the recording and experimenting. It was exciting. Then, this thing called success came, and something happened at some point where I became disenchanted, and I lost the innocence. -Damien Rice

I first read Dostoyevsky when I was 14 years old and was entranced. Dostoyevsky truly is a writer for 14-year-olds, and I mean that in the most approving way – approving of his energy, and rage, his endless pessimism, and endless innocence. -Joshua Cohen

Those Laurel Canyon days were great. I have a real fondness for that era, 'til about '68. Musically, it was wonderful, and there was this great innocence, an idyllic view of the world. After that, everything got a little… edgy. -Chris Hillman

In retrospect, the political and cultural climate in the early '60s seems both a time of innocence and also like a sultry, still summer day in the Midwest: an unsettling calm before a ferocious storm over Vietnam, which was not yet an American war. -Tom Brokaw

I wrote 'The Match,' my cricket novel, between 2002 and 2005. In retrospect, almost an age of innocence in cricket and a time when it was rare to find the game deep in fiction. -Romesh Gunesekera

There's an innocence to Ozzy Osbourne. He's mingling, but he's somewhat detached. -Johnny Depp

There's this assumption that all children have the luxury of a childhood where their innocence is always respected and their main occupation is pleasant play – at the age of 18 or 21, they are then thrust into the real world and shown its uglier side, but not before. -Margo Lanagan

Over time, naturally, you lose your innocence from gaining knowledge. You can't be innocent forever, but there's something in innocence you need to regain to be creative. -Albert Hammond, Jr.

I love playing instruments that I don't know how to play or am not familiar with. I like the idea of danger and innocence that comes from it. As an artist, I feel I should be able to do something with anything I get my hands on. The music becomes minimalist because of my limited knowledge. -Gustavo Santaolalla

When I talk of primordial innocence, I hear it in Sufi music with the nay flute. I see it in Coptic icons, in most traditional art, particularly art of the American Indian. I find the texts extraordinarily beautiful and very childlike and very simple. I've been particularly interested in American Indian texts. -John Tavener

Contrary to common belief, the presumption of innocence applies only inside a courtroom. It has no applicability elsewhere, although the media do not seem to be aware of this. -Vincent Bugliosi

Our system, for readily apparent reasons, is far superior to those in nations, mostly totalitarian, which presume an arrested person is guilty and place the burden on the accused to prove his innocence. -Vincent Bugliosi

I am representing here – the sound of silence. The cry of innocence. And, the face of invisibility. I represent millions of those children who are left behind, and that's why I have kept an empty chair here as a reminder. -Kailash Satyarthi

Studio chief Winfield Sheehan wanted me to remain a little girl. If I lost my innocence, he said, it would show in my eyes. -Shirley Temple

The presumption of innocence, the benefit of the doubt, walking without worrying – these should not be hallmarks of white privilege. They are human rights – human rights – that should be enjoyed by all. -Randi Weingarten

No man knows the value of innocence and integrity but he who has lost them. -William Godwin

The avant-garde theater is fun; it is free-swinging, bold, iconoclastic, and often wildly, wildly funny. If you will approach it with childlike innocence – putting your standard responses aside, for they do not apply – if you will approach it on its own terms, I think you will be in for a liberating surprise. -Edward Albee

I think it's too easy to recount your unhappy memories when you write about yourself. You bask in your own innocence. You revere your grief. You arrange your angers at their most becoming angles. -Margo Jefferson

I've been really lucky when it comes to casting kids, and I don't particularly like child actors. Too often, they just show up, and they've had whatever real innocence that's in a child just beaten out of them. They start to perform for you, and you can just see it coming. It's no good. -Jeff Nichols

By their innocence and goodness, by their boundless capacity for forgiveness, and by the sheer power of their faith and hope, children redeem their parents, bringing out their best selves. -Cass Sunstein

When I'm singing, it's a mixture of my innocence in the projects, my mom and dad. It's all the good and the bad, the laughs and the frowns that I went through and seen other people go through. Then you be trying to write it. Whatever's coming out, you try and make it all cool. -Aaron Neville

We all have the problem of what do you do with the not-guilty-yet in free and democratic societies where you have the presumption of innocence. It's a very difficult problem. -Ron Johnson

I do feel that softness for the vulnerability and the innocence in our world, including my own. -Jane Lynch

The characteristic of 'Oxygene' is a mixture of innocence and ambition, of trying to do something different in a different way. -Jean-Michel Jarre

Early music in all kinds of movements is always a mixture of innocence and ambition. -Jean-Michel Jarre

The ten-block radius around my house in Brooklyn has been my whole world. When I walk on the street, I feel like I've rediscovered my childhood innocence. I love it because nothing has changed. -Lucas Hedges

The protective system of scapegoats is finally destroyed by the Crucifixion narratives as they reveal Jesus' innocence and, little by little, that of all analogous victims. -Rene Girard

It has become increasingly difficult for states or the federal government to apply the death penalty. But why even try? Nothing is accomplished, and while the chances of making a mistake are now diminished – DNA can prove guilt as well as innocence – life in prison is a worthy substitute. -Richard Cohen

I don't have to prove my innocence to the court or to the news media. -Corrine Brown

'The Muppets' is really about innocence and charm and sweetness and light and having hope – and stupid gags. -James Bobin

Even as a child, you can recognise the innocence of Piglet or the strange adult qualities of Eeyore. You just know you are with friends and family. -Jim Broadbent

I do think there is a link between the accidental art the sciences produce and the deliberate art the artist creates, but I can't help feeling that the innocence of the accidental art of science has a power and curious beauty that artists are hard-pressed to match. -Cornelia Parker

Some people think of the '50s as a time of innocence, but they are misremembering it or reinventing it: if you look at the papers of the time, they are filled with dread and anxiety. -Andrew Sean Greer

For 14 years, I could not find volunteer lawyers capable of providing the legal assistance I needed to prove my innocence. -Anthony Ray Hinton

I truly believe in O.J.'s innocence, and unless they find him guilty, I will continue to support him. -Robert Kardashian

In a time when my entire family had already tapped into their retirement savings and taken out second mortgages, we were grateful when any supporters, including Trump, donated to my defense and spoke out about my innocence. -Amanda Knox

There are those who believe in my innocence and those who believe in my guilt. There is no in-between. -Amanda Knox

Fundamental protections, the assumption of innocence, trial by jury, and the right to appear before a court have all been sacrificed on the altar of the E.U. superstate. -Jacob Rees-Mogg

The main thing about SpongeBob is that he celebrates innocence. His outlook on life is very optimistic and earnest, and I think kids relate to that. He has a creative spark in the same way children are very creative from an open and naive perspective. -Stephen Hillenburg

As a citizen – or even a TV legal analyst – am I required to presume innocence, i.e., that the authorities arrest the wrong person in every case? Not a chance. -Dan Abrams

People constantly complain to me about news coverage of criminal cases. 'What happened to the presumption of innocence?' they ask at almost every turn. Well, I'm tired of it. -Dan Abrams

While not explicitly articulated in the Constitution, the presumption of innocence has, through Supreme Court opinions, become a fundamental tenet of our criminal-justice system, and rightly so. -Dan Abrams

I regret losing my innocence so early. -Tulisa

I think it's so completely bizarre and arrogant for anyone to ever think that they could lose their innocence, because that implies that they have some sense, some idea of what's going on, and no one has any idea what's going on. -Andrew W.K.

Racism is a form of hate. We pass it on to our young people. When we do that, we are robbing children of their innocence. -Ruby Bridges

High school is cool, especially that first-love mentality. That's what 'Sierra Burgess' captures is, like, his first moment of love. That's what I love. I like that innocence. -Noah Centineo

We were wild-eyed hippies from the late '60s. We still had the exuberance of the mind-expanding '60s – that Tolkienesque, Zeppelin, androgynous, wood nymph, forest fairy kind of innocence. It sounds stupid now, but we felt we were changing the world with music. -Nancy Wilson

When I was young, in my early films, the freshness, and the raw element in my presence on-screen was coming from my youth, and that naturally goes away with time. But the challenge of an actor is to retain the wonder and innocence alive. -Aditya Roy Kapur

I think the thing that strikes you when you come back to 'The Little Mermaid' after all of these years is the simplicity and innocence. That's in the look of it, and that's in the sound of it. -Alan Menken

I wake up every day trying to hold on to my innocence. That is not a thing that has to do with age. That has to do with the life that you want to have and the perspective that you want to have on life. I do not want to become jaded or cynical. -Kiersey Clemons

I set my heart out to prove my innocence by any means necessary. -Brian Banks

While there was clear evidence that the dad was innocent in 'Miracle,' in 'Heart Blackened,' I was in a situation of 'having to' prove somebody's innocence. So when I stood trial as Hee-jung, things felt awkward and unfamiliar for me. -Park Shin-hye

My kids don't think, for one minute, about where people are born, what language they speak, what colour they are. There's an innocence about young people that is only influenced by older people. -Gareth Southgate

The price of wisdom is innocence. So, I have definitely become wiser but sadly a little less innocent. -Mahira Khan

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