Best Quotes About Naive

I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman. -Anais Nin

Every true genius is bound to be naive. -Friedrich Schiller

It's a naive domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption. -James Thurber

You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover. -Henri Matisse

To be able to write a play a man must be sensitive, imaginative, naive, gullible, passionate; he must be something of an imbecile, something of a poet, something of a liar, something of a damn fool. -Robert E. Sherwood

We wanted to meet him, for though we were neither of us naive people we had not wholly lost our belief that it is delightful to meet artists who have given us pleasure. -Robertson Davies

It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be. -Anatole France

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget. -Thomas Szasz

I was so naive as a kid I used to sneak behind the barn and do nothing. -Johnny Carson

I say at this point, for different reasons, Bush and Hussein are both very threatening to world peace and to deny that is to be incredibly naive. -Janeane Garofalo

Nothing is beautiful, only man: on this piece of naivete rests all aesthetics, it is the first truth of aesthetics. Let us immediately add its second: nothing is ugly but degenerate man – the domain of aesthetic judgment is therewith defined. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave when they think that their children are naive. -Ogden Nash

The idea of reasoning with terrorists without force or with appeasement is naive, and I think it's dangerous. -George Allen

Once the amateur's naive approach and humble willingness to learn fades away, the creative spirit of good photography dies with it. Every professional should remain always in his heart an amateur. -Alfred Eisenstaedt

The only thing I think I can be accused of about paparazzi is being really naive. I didn't think about it coming along with the job and I never, during my three years at drama school, fantasized about one bit of it. -Paul Bettany

But at a certain point, and I don't really know… people have asked me this. I don't know exactly what it was that pushed me towards directing, but I think it was a naive notion that if I directed I would be able to play all the roles. A kind of greed. -Peter Bogdanovich

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

So the American government lied to the Native Americans for many, many years, and then President Clinton lied about a relationship, and everyone was surprised! A little naive, I feel! -Eddie Izzard

Rich kids gave us their old clothes. They were the best clothes we ever had. We were these very pure, naive, poor children. The rich kids called us a lot of names but it never bothered us because we didn't know what the words meant. -River Phoenix

I think there's a lot of naivete and hubris within our mix of personalities. That's probably our worst crime. I keep wondering what a 'mature' record means. -Ian Williams

It's no good being nice and young and naive. There's no good in that at all. You've got to do it all yourself, and you've gotta learn quick. And you can't look for sympathy either. -John Lydon

It would be naive to imagine we have solved all our income security problems simply because the roles of the federal and provincial governments in the area of skills training have been clarified. -Kim Campbell

I have a rather naive approach, I think, to my job. -Ben Kingsley

I wish to sing of my interior visions with the naive candour of a child. -Claude Debussy

Scientists often have a naive faith that if only they could discover enough facts about a problem, these facts would somehow arrange themselves in a compelling and true solution. -Theodosius Dobzhansky

I was naive enough to think that I could make the difference. -David Gest

The idea of trying to fight against extremism was written off as naive. -Joichi Ito

I've always thought that we, as human beings, would be naive and arrogant to pretend that we're the only life form in the galaxy. -Jonathan Frakes

I don't know what idiocies drove me in those days, but they were naive, innocent idiocies in many ways. -Laurie Lee

My basic approach to interviewing is to ask the basic questions that might even sound naive, or not intellectual. Sometimes when you ask the simple questions like 'Who are you?' or 'What do you do?' you learn the most. -Brian Lamb

These days there are a lot of people who just want to be famous. I think that comes from a naive place, because those people generally don't know what it's like. -Catherine Keener

Perhaps naively I thought people understand what humor was, that it was invented by the human race to cope with the dark areas of life, problems and terrors. -Bill Forsyth

I gravitated to acting out of a mixture of instinct, naivete and opportunity. -Jeffrey Combs

Moon is also a naive native girl when she sets out for Carbuncle. -Joan D. Vinge

Under popular culture's obsession with a naive inclusion, everything is O.K. -Stanley Crouch

Too many people get lost in the game of having a good time and being naive about things. -Steve Brown

I didn't actually realise what apartheid meant. I'm probably a bit naive, but I thought it was more of a vague segregation, like on the beaches and buses. -John Deacon

She wasn't as naive and innocent as she was in the first season. -Shiri Appleby

It's rather naive, apart from being ethically objectionable, to assume that our investigators travel around the country with bags of money trying to bribe witnesses to lie on the witness stand. We just don't operate that way. -Jim Garrison

Early in the morning, I fell in love with the girl that later on became my wife. At that time, we were so naive. I wanted to charm her, so I read her Capital by Marx. I thought somehow she would be convinced by the strength of his criticism about capital. -Shimon Peres

Whatever one thinks of President George W. Bush and his unilateralist crew, most of the people laughing at us do not think we are evil. What they think is that we are naive and incompetent. -Richard Reeves

No one should be so naive as to think that wages among organized groups will not be increased, under pressure if necessary, to make up for increases in the cost-of-living, nor should anyone ordinarily object to such adjustments. -Charles E. Wilson

I think in a way I was probably completely naive about what it takes to make something become a hit. -Duncan Sheik

I'm guilty of extraordinary naivete, I suppose. But it's a naivete that I really don't want to abandon, not even now. -Jock Sturges

When you are younger, you are running on that pure naive adrenalin, you don't have any real responsibility aside from making sure you get there and play. And there's usually someone there to help you do that! -Andy Taylor

So slowly in my mind formed the idea of melodrama, a form I found to perfection in American pictures. They were naive, they were that something completely different. They were completely Art-less. -Douglas Sirk

But, I would be naive not to recognize the number of musicians who tell me they have been influenced by me and sight me – as well as Alex and Neil – as a musician who has been a positive influence on their playing. -Geddy Lee

My songs are my kids. Some of them stay with me, some others I have to send out, out to the war. It might sound stupid and it might even sound naive, but that's just the way it is. -Thom Yorke

The popular, and one may say naive, idea is that peace can be secured by disarmament and that disarmament must therefore precede the attainment of absolute security and lasting peace. -Ludwig Quidde

Indeed, this epistemological theory of the relation between theory and experiment differs sharply from the epistemological theory of naive falsificationism. -Imre Lakatos

Philosophical reflection could not leave the relation of mind and spirit in the obscurity which had satisfied the needs of the naive consciousness. -Wilhelm Wundt

I was so naive I didn't even know about agents. I telephoned the William Morris agency and asked to speak to Mr. Morris. I expected Bill Morris to be waiting for my call. -Kirstie Alley

That taught me one lesson which is that you're naive to believe that bands can change the world. Bands are very naive to think that just if their audience thinks that they can change the world, that they can. That was quite a lesson for my career, really. -Billy Bragg

I'm not an activist per se, but I have strong feelings about things. People can jump on celebrities for being ill-informed or naive, but I've got a right to say what I believe. -Ed Harris

I can get away with saying a lot of ideas that are young and naive. I'm liberated. -Neil Young

When I was 15, I was naive, looked like a grey mouse and felt second choice. -Kim Wilde

I think the reason why we were able to actually get it made was that we were so extremely naive – we had no experience at all here. We didn't even know that you were supposed to have an agent. We didn't even have a lawyer. We didn't know one soul. -Renny Harlin

I had been gullible, naive, soft, pliable. That's why I got taken advantage of. To survive, you have to have a tough skin. -Tia Carrere

I think it's naive to pray for world peace if we're not going to change the form in which we live. -Godfrey Reggio

I don't want people to come and see our gig because of the magnificent things I'm doing with my hips, but it's their evening, you know. They have to have fun. I'm a little bit naive. -Andrew Eldritch

Many people do think it's naive to improvise in front of paying customers. I'm not saying one way is better than another. -Lee Konitz

I don't think we should ever be at war. That's kind of naive, I suppose. -Sandy Duncan

We confess our bad qualities to others out of fear of appearing naive or ridiculous by not being aware of them. -Gerald Brenan

Cynicism is full of naive disappointments. -Mason Cooley

The Lord made Adam, the Lord made Eve, he made 'em both a little bit naive. -E. Y. Harburg

We are naive and moralistic women. We are human beings who find politics a blight upon the human condition. And do not know how one copes with it except through politics. -Kate Millett

It would be naive to think that the problems plaguing mankind today can be solved with means and methods which were applied or seemed to work in the past. -Mikhail Gorbachev

Any artist should be grateful for a naive grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately. -Saul Bellow

Unregulated competition is a naive metaphor for anarchy. -John Ralston Saul

'Yes we can' always struck many as a naive and childish chant, like something ripped off from the Camp Fire Girls. -Craig Shirley

It was total naivety that got me to Hollywood. I thought it was going to happen straight away. I told myself 'give it 5 years, there's no way I'll be here after that if it doesn't happen'. Cut to ten years later! -Naomi Watts

I have never known so much naive conviction allied to greater intellectual poverty. -Claude Levi-Strauss

I think a lot of times we don't pay enough attention to people with a positive attitude because we assume they are naive or stupid or unschooled. -Amy Adams

For a number of years, I'd been around the kind of people who financed movies and the kind of people who are there to make the deals for movies. But I'd always had this naive idea that everybody wants to make movies as good as they can be, which is stupid. -David Fincher

It just seemed so odd as people had never commented on my body before. Every woman obsesses over her figure, but I was happy, I felt sexy – I never thought about it. I know this sounds naive, but I honestly never expected this kind of attention. -Christina Hendricks

My comedy does not come from a place of deep cynicism, and I tend to play characters who are naive in some way. -Anna Faris

It took me less than half a lifetime to realize that regret is one of the few guaranteed certainties. Sooner or later everything is touched by it, despite our naive and senseless hope that just this time we will be spared its cold hand on our heart. -Jonathan Carroll

I am not naive enough to settle for anything less than a reasonable valuation of my worth. -Roy Keane

I don't want to compare myself to him – I don't want people to see me as this great genius – but when I see Charlie Chaplin's movies there is a combination of drama, naivety and social meaning that I can see in myself, at a different level. -Michel Gondry

I was so naive when I began acting, professionally. -Alanna Ubach

When you are young, you are a little naive. -Maria Sharapova

Maybe I am naive about certain things. But I'm glad. I know all I want to know. -Dale Murphy

The only thing I wanted to do when I was a young naive kid was to become a New York stage actor. -Oliver Platt

In recent years, we have seen the United States back away from pressuring the Castro regime, under the misguided view that placating them with an open hand would yield progress. That naivete has invited only more cruelty and oppression in return. -Mitt Romney

I'm not big on women looking naive. -Alexander McQueen

Obviously, at this age, I've lost people in my life. But with a parent, it's just different. I was very attached to my father and had this naive little-girl notion that he'd always be around. So I'm finding acceptance of my father's death is the hardest thing to accept. -Carol Leifer

What I love about the creative process, and this may sound naive, but it is this idea that one day there is no idea, and no solution, but the next day there is an idea. I find that incredibly exciting and conceptually actually remarkable. -Jonathan Ive

Candidate Obama was either exceptionally naive or willfully disingenuous when he vowed to change the way Washington works. The very promise of Hope and Change was rooted in uprooting the Washington modus operandi. But instead of rejecting it, he embraced it all – the secrecy, the closed doors, the political favors, the near-criminal negligence. -Reince Priebus

It was my delusion and naivety that brought me here. -Lady Gaga

One of the most predictable things in life is there will be change. You are better off if you can have a say in the change. But you are ignorant or naive if you don't think there will be change, whether you want it to or not. -Julius Erving

'Pride' is my first film with a happy ending. Before, I naively thought they were a cop-out, but now I've come to believe that happy endings and wish fulfilment are an incredibly important part of our cultural life. -Joe Wright

You make a film to distract people, to interest them, perhaps to make them think, perhaps to help them be a little less naive, a little better than they were. -Claude Chabrol

Strategic thinkers were naturally rattled to find this outsider fooling around with their work. They had been thinking strategically when Reagan was just another movie actor playing opposite a chimpanzee, for heaven's sake. They think Reagan is too naive, too innocent, to grasp the intellectual complexities of cold war strategy. -Russell Baker

At an age when most youngsters are preparing for their GCSEs, I was suddenly a jet-setter, briefly the toast of Hollywood and London's West End. My immature wishes and naive opinions were treated with respect. -Jack Wild

Maybe it's because I'm a little naive, but I do like to think that there aren't really very many truly bad people in the world. I think that everybody has their reasons for what they do, and if you really look through their eyes, you could probably understand them. -Stephenie Meyer

You need to be naive enough to do things differently. No big publishing house would have allowed us to co-create a fully designed, four color business book in landscape format – because it was contrary to the publishing industry logic. However, we thought of Business Model Generation as a product, not just a book – similar to Apple products. -Alexander Osterwalder

People expect me to be dark and gloomy, then write that I'm a jolly chap, and after all, that is what I am. I think it's a case of an absolute romantic naivety that there should be a parallel between the work and the artist. -Michael Haneke

When I first envisioned 'Funny Games' in the mid-1990s, it was my intention to have an American audience watch the movie. It is a reaction to a certain American cinema, its violence, its naivety, the way American cinema toys with human beings. In many American films, violence is made consumable. -Michael Haneke

Americans have been remarkably devoted to the capacity for belief, to idealism. That's why we get into trouble all the time. We're always viewed as naive. -A. Bartlett Giamatti

And I went off to Stanford, I was pretty young and pretty naive. And I had a professor I really loved, who was himself a lawyer. -Sandra Day O'Connor

There is no doubt that religion had already waned under the onslaught of the Enlightenment, but it was Freud who provided the radically new understanding of human nature that made any religious explanation of the whats and whys of our personhood seem naive. -Tony Campolo

I was a very naive young man, and I may still be ignorant about a lot of things. -Joe Namath

The state of New Jersey is really two places – terrible cities and wonderful suburbs. I live in the suburbs, the final battleground of the American dream, where people get married and have kids and try to scratch out a happy life for themselves. It's very romantic in that way, but a bit naive. I like to play with that in my work. -Harlan Coben

I'm incredibly naive. -Christina Ricci

As we get older, we tend to become more risk averse because we tend to find reasons why things won't work. When you are a kid, you think everything is possible, and I think with creativity it is so important to keep that naivety. -Heston Blumenthal

If you're going to exude naivete, you can't really… walk out there like it's a Sting show. You can't be that well put together and then have this kind of innocent bravado. -Frank Black

Maybe I'm naive, but I subscribe to the idea that nobody is actually making strategic decisions about their career. Trying to do that would be like playing three-card monte on Canal Street. -Benjamin Walker

I think when you're 10 years old, it's too much to see something with the threat of death in every episode. Kids are better left naive about certain things. -J. J. Abrams

I have a naive outlook on life. That's who I am. -M. Night Shyamalan

Because I grew up with this naive expectation of people doing right, I get shocked by every little violation. -Dave Eggers

You'd be naive if you think you are going to retain any control once you option a character to TV. -Kathy Reichs

When I was 18 I was just absorbing everything around me: whatever happens, happens. I was so naive and willing to ride whatever wave life threw at me. -Paul Wesley

You wanna do a lot of backstory for your character – as an actor, you wanna research that. But on the show, it's fun to remain in that naive place as you go along, and be able to continue to discover things about your character as the writers come up with them. -Alison Brie

I'm still a bit of a romantic and an idealist and hopelessly naive. -Brit Marling

There's so much of a desire in the entertainment industry for newness, a desire to build somebody up and then treat them as old news within six months. I think you'd be naive if you didn't try to hold on to your own way of doing things. -Felicity Jones

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

It's naive to think there is a woman in the world who isn't brought up to believe that they are waiting for their soul mate. You even see it in Disney. -Janet McTeer

It was my duty to shoot the enemy, and I don't regret it. My regrets are for the people I couldn't save: Marines, soldiers, buddies. I'm not naive, and I don't romanticize war. The worst moments of my life have come as a SEAL. But I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job. -Chris Kyle

Moral persuasion over a period of time makes a difference, but we shouldn't be naive to think that just because we raise it in a meeting it will make all those problems go away. It won't and it doesn't. -John Key

I see bad stuff on the street all the time that I don't do anything about. I do bad stuff myself all the time. The goal is not to somehow be perfect – that's silly, that's naive. The goal is to just recognize there are choices in front of us, and to try to make better ones. -Jonathan Safran Foer

I naively thought I had to go door to door, find somebody who could record me singing some songs. I didn't know Music Row, I didn't know anything! So after six or seven months, I went back home and went to college. -David Nail

You can't just come from Kansas, go into fashion and be all naive. The fashion world is very different to where I'm from. -Lindsey Wixson

That's the thing, when you play younger characters they're always less casual. You're hungrier or more naive. Those things wane in time. -Ben Barnes

Maybe it's that I'm naive, but I don't think of myself as an age. -Rene Russo

I have this idealistic and maybe naive thought that almost any song can be anything. If you record one song today, it would maybe be exciting and cool. But I could record the same song next week and it would be something completely different. -Sondre Lerche

I love to feature children and young adults as real people – flawed, naive, virtuous, venal – but real. I think it adds nuance and depth to the stories that wouldn't exist without them. -C. J. Box

I don't know if it's naivete or just narcissism, but I start out with this notion that I can do anything. It's not until I get into it that I realize what I've thrown myself into, and then I will do anything not to humiliate myself. And that, I think, is the secret to my success. -Michelle Pfeiffer

Cynicism and naivety lie cheek by jowl in the American imagination; if the United States is one of the most venal nations on Earth, it is also one of the most earnestly idealistic. -Terry Eagleton

I've never had prejudice against me because of being a woman in comedy, I've never felt any sort of unfairness because of that – but I do think it is naive to think that it doesn't exist. -Ellie Kemper

It would be rather naive to imagine that Oprah doesn't have an Earth Evacuation Plan. You know Richard Branson does – his is in plain sight. -John Hodgman

Bordeaux would be naive not to recognize that Robert Parker was driving the brand equity. If the next generation doesn't care about Chateau Pichon-Lalande, then you have a problem. -Gary Vaynerchuk

Luckily, unreasonable expectations go hand in hand with naive young scientists. The more naive the better – otherwise we would never have the audacity to try and build a 22,000-mile-high space elevator or some sprawling underwater hotel. -Daniel H. Wilson

While we welcome people of all faiths in America we cannot be so naive as to expect all countries to do the same. But we cannot allow their cultural mores to snuff out our religious freedoms or the freedom of women to have equal rights. -Michael Huffington

Maybe I'm naively romantic, but I do believe that spice and excitement doesn't stop once a couple gets together. -Stana Katic

Children, I always think, are just putting on a performance of being naive and not understanding anything. I have worked with children in films, and they're treated as adults and they just drop the pretense of being children. -Wallace Shawn

I'm not naive enough to pretend that on its own cinema can capture the very soul of significant social and cultural problems. -David Puttnam

It's a very naive idea to think that the chef is cooking everything, and, on top of it, is irreplaceable. That would mean that basically he is the only genius, and there are idiots all around him, which doesn't make sense. -Eric Ripert

I tend to be naive and gullible, I guess, but I try to believe that governments believe what they say. -James Hansen

There's a crazy amount of goodwill, and I don't know where it came from, and I don't understand, but the more I pay attention to it, the more it's going to sting when it flips, so I think I'm almost subconsciously cultivating this naivety to it all. -Feist

On the videos for '1234' and 'My Moon My Man' I wanted to make the songs visible. And, really, what way can you make sound visible other than good old naive dancing? I was working with a choreographer, but I'm not a dancer. Any notion of elegance is impossible with me. -Feist

When I first started acting in movies – as probably a lot of naive young actors do – I made a list of directors that I wanted to work with and sent it to my agent at the time. -Justin Bartha

A father draws boundaries and calls a halt, whenever necessary. As I didn't have that, I was able to stay childishly naive that much longer – so I did what I liked, because there was nobody stopping me, even when I got it wrong. -Gerhard Richter

I think that good parenting should allow children to be children. That naivety and slightly open way of looking at the world is very valuable. -Robert Winston

Balance in life is the key, as Aristotle taught us. Nobody likes a naive Pollyanna, but neither do we like to be around people who are constantly complaining and finding fault. -Mark Skousen

My first record was about childhood. There were a lot of nursery rhyme and fairytale references; it was all about being naive. -Mika

I'll always be American in my world view and allegiance. American in the naive way I go to other countries and tell them how they should treat their poor or clean their water. -Eddie Huang

I guess I didn't even know the word 'genre' until I did 'True Blood.' That's how naive I was, and I didn't realize that there was a point of view about certain types of TV. And so I guess I found it disappointing that there is a segment of the critical community that looks at genre as something that is separate, less than. -Denis O'Hare

I'm not being naive; I realise there's no such thing as a pure reading. But I'd rather keep myself as far out of it as I can. -Anne Michaels

In general, the auditions I go up for are very sparse, I guess because of my ethnicity. And the characters are very similar: shy, innocent and naive; the connotations that come from the way that I look. -Katie Leung

What you experience in the army, aged 18 to 21, is what you take through all your life. You cross invisible lines: you shoot someone, get shot, break into people's houses. It's naive to think you won't carry anything into your life. -Etgar Keret

During my years of professional cricket in England, I realised that although the Australians were talented players, tactically they were a bit naive when compared to those who played full-time on the English circuit. You might find this arrogant, but that was the reality then. -Glenn Turner

After I left college I thought, very naively, that either you became someone interesting – an artist – or you went into academia. If you ended up in an office you were dull and lacking. And I ended up in an office. -Joshua Ferris

I applied a lot of the same principles I used in hockey into my acting. I might have had some naive ambitions of making the NHL, but thank God, playing hockey gave me a good foundation for everything else. -Vincent Piazza

In my view, it's irreverence, foolish confidence and naivety combined with persistence, open mindedness and a continual ability to learn that created Facebook, Google, Yahoo, eBay, Microsoft, Apple, Juniper, AOL, Sun Microsystems and others. -Vinod Khosla

As a scientist, I want to go to Mars and back to asteroids and the Moon because I'm a scientist. But I can tell you, I'm not so naive a scientist to think that the nation might not have geopolitical reasons for going into space. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

Instantaneous and mass communication is the mother of mass naivety. Should we then lose hope? Is there any hope? But to lose hope is as dangerous as to nurture false hope. Where then can we find hope that is responsible? -Tariq Ramadan

When I accept an invitation for a public speaking engagement, my purpose is to share the TOMS story and our giving mission. In no way do I believe this means I endorse every single aspect of that organization. That may be naive, and you may disagree, but it is my sincere belief. -Blake Mycoskie

Advances don't fundamentally interest me. It sounds terribly naive, but money doesn't really mean anything to me. If a lot of money came my way, I'm certainly not going to say no. But it hasn't come my way as yet, and I'm not heartbroken. -Upamanyu Chatterjee

The interesting thing is that when you start out, people have no judgment and they see you young and fresh as a filmmaker – and because you have no experience yet, you're much more naive and think anything is possible. -Marc Forster

I'm happy to sacrifice a big pay cheque for my happiness, if that's not too corny a thing to say. It's probably more naive than mature to say that, maybe, but that's how I feel. -Jack Gleeson

I recognize myself to be an intensely naive person. Most novelists are, despite frequent pretensions to deep socio-political insight. -Zadie Smith

I was naive in that I thought I could just sing and perform and do what I had always wanted to do all my life. But I wasn't ready for all the added dramas that came along. There were times I fell out of love with music and thought about walking away. I thought I was happier when I was that girl at home in my bedroom singing into my hairbrush. -Rebecca Ferguson

Money has always been a particular problem for revolutionaries and anti-capitalists. What will money look like 'after the revolution'? How will it function? Will it exist at all? It's hard to answer the question if you don't know what money actually is. Proposing to eliminate it entirely seems utopian and naive. -David Graeber

Money brings you security and choice. You can make decisions in a different way if you have a lot of money. But when you have nothing, you have a naivety, and a more fearless attitude because you have nothing to lose. -Simon Cowell

The idea that a book can advise a woman how to capture a man is touchingly naive. Books advising men how to capture a woman are far less common, perhaps because few men are willing to admit to such a difficulty. For both sexes, I recommend a good novel, offering scenarios you might learn from, if only because they reflect a lot of doubt. -Roger Ebert

Not everything is going to be successful. To strive for that is really naive. You just do the best you can do. -Alan Ball

I really wish people – maybe it's naive – wish people had priorities and were willing to be artistic patrons. -Harold Prince

A lot of people have said that I've got a voice that speaks to children. I think I've got a natural naivety to me. I'm childish. -Geri Halliwell

I was so naive about writing, I went to the public library and checked out the only volume they had on the topic – an academic treatise about publishing from the WWII era. -Bruce Feiler

Just after Kim Jong Il's death, the official news agency put out an article saying that under Kim Jong Il's rule, the people had been like naive children without a care in the world. -Brian Reynolds Myers

I'd much rather go to a Banksy art show than a Moby art show. My art is painfully naive. -Moby

When I say, 'I love Christ and love the teachings of Christ,' I mean that in the most simple and naive way. I'm not saying I'm right. -Moby

I know a lot about writing, but I don't know much about how other industries work. I've tried to use my naivety to my advantage. -Alain de Botton

The term 'cyberutopian' tends to be used only in the context of critique. Calling someone a cyberutopian implies that he or she has an unrealistic and naively overinflated sense of what technology makes possible and an insufficient understanding of the forces that govern societies. -Ethan Zuckerman

The idea that the Internet favors the oppressed rather than the oppressor is marred by what I call cyber-utopianism: a naive belief in the emancipatory nature of online communication that rests on a stubborn refusal to admit its downside. -Evgeny Morozov

We've never thought too deeply about the roles things like forgetting or partisanship or inefficiency or ambiguity or hypocrisy play in our political or social life. It's been impossible to get rid of them, so we took them for granted, and we kind of thought, naively, that they're always the enemy. -Evgeny Morozov

On the song 'Dangerous,' it feels like a teenager picking up a new instrument and writing something with all of that naive excitement. -James Blunt

You can laugh at somebody because they are innocent, and because they are naive or they are about to walk into a wall, but if somebody's giving you stuff, if somebody's talking, giving you their take on things, what makes you laugh, generally speaking, is going to be somebody who is telling it in an angry way. -Dylan Moran

I love being down at Occupy Wall Street. The sincerity, the youth involvement, the desire for better, is palpable and moving. There is true caring, sharing, and refreshingly naive hope. -Elayne Boosler

The first time someone tried to share the Gospel with me, I naively explained that I was Jewish and born in Israel, thank you… This was a big mistake. In certain parts of Christian America, admitting I was an Israeli-born Jew turned me into walking catnip. -Hanna Rosin

Too often people view idealists as naive. -Jacqueline Novogratz

I think that I was slightly naive. I thought that if I showed people the beauty of the Arctic and the beauty of the polar bears that they would care so much that they would stand up and try to make a change. -Lewis Gordon Pugh

The idea that if people are just friendly and demonstrate they want peace, that will be answered with good will – that is really naive. -Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Perhaps the biggest myth about cynicism is that it deepens with age. I think what really happens is that experience painfully rips away layers of scales from our eyes, and so we do indeed become more cynical about many of the things we naively accepted when younger. -Julian Baggini

Perhaps I can say that I am a bit astute, that I can adapt to circumstances, but it is also true that I am a bit naive. Yes, but the best summary, the one that comes more from the inside and I feel most true is this: I am a sinner whom the Lord has looked upon. -Pope Francis

It's very easy for trusted companies to mislead naive customers, and life insurance companies are trusted. -Daniel Kahneman

A lot of the characters I play are very naive, and I don't think I'm like that. And I'm not stupid! -Ashton Kutcher

When I wrote 'Runaways,' I was a naive kid who thought that all parents were evil. Now that I'm a wise old man with children of my own, I am certain that all parents are evil. -Brian K. Vaughan

Maybe it's naive to say, but it almost seems like, in the past, people tried to sell you something you would actually need, like a hammer or a broom or a toothbrush. But now there's this notion that they can sell you anything. And all they have to do is convince you that you need it. -Tracy Chapman

I was cocky and arrogant when I was younger. I thought that if I delivered a good performance, and put my best foot forward, that would be enough to get people's attention. So in my naivety, I cut my legs off at the knees, because I didn't realize that oftentimes it doesn't matter about the performance… it's the media that creates stars. -Bokeem Woodbine

I think I had more freedom when I began making films. I did not know what could not be done. I was naive. I did what I wanted to. As you gain awareness, you start losing freedom. -Anurag Kashyap

All I ask is that you not be naive about how the government works when it decides to go after its prey. -Michael Moore

Liberals were intimidated by the Reagan administration and did not want to appear naive by talking about programs that called for government support. I just said, 'The hell with that. I'm out there.' -William Julius Wilson

Central to everything I am and believe and have written is my astonishment, naive as it seems to people, that you can use human speech both to bless, to love, to build, to forgive and also to torture, to hate, to destroy and to annihilate. -George Steiner

I like crafts that are made out of necessity because they're a little naive – you made it because you needed it. -Amy Sedaris

I thought film was more important than life itself for many years. But I was naive to the world until my first child was born in 1985. -Steven Spielberg

My two interests are spirituality and politics. I would mesh them in some way; maybe try to figure out the politics of spirituality, or the spirituality of politics. Or maybe come up with this really crazy naive solution for the end of civilization. -Serj Tankian

This may sound a bit naive, but I got here by believing in big dreams. -Howard Schultz

A lot of negative words adults call the young, like 'naive,' 'impulsive' and 'way too connected online,' are all things we can turn into strengths to help us. -Adora Svitak

Every now and then I will see a word as if for the first time, and suddenly appreciate that Evian is 'naive' spelled backward, or that Bosnia is an anagram of 'bonsai.' -Christopher Hitchens

The Internet browser is the most susceptible to viruses. The browser is naive about downloading and executing software. Google is trying to help by releasing the Chrome browser as open source. -Vint Cerf

You would have to be naive to think you can appear on television and not have the material edited in some way. -Dick Cavett

I'm passionate about what I do. I'd be naive to be passive. -Paul Mooney

The experience of being a young, blonde, naive but well-intentioned young producer was both intimidating and eye-opening. -Clarissa Ward

I think a lot of people may have a unique insight or some idea that they feel could be a great solution for a particular problem, but for some reason never have a chance to try or never have the courage or maybe the self-doubt. Really, it's best just to remain naive and continue to work on things and see if people have the same problems. -Chad Hurley

I don't think women have ever thrown themselves at me, although I'm quite naive about these things, or was when I was available. -Greg Wise

I'm not so naive as to think that everybody always succeeds, right? I mean, half of Shakespeare's stories are tragedies – right? -Michael J. Saylor

I was so naive in radio technique that I knew nothing about timing. I would write pages on Honus Wagner and then get only half through by the time the show ended. I eventually learned, but there was nobody there to school me. -Waite Hoyt

I am naive when it comes to love, you know what I mean? I do believe in falling in love at first sight and things like that. -Sonam Kapoor

When you decide you want to become a television writer, you naively assume it's going to be like the writers on the old 'Dick Van Dyke Show.' You'll write something and they'll just put it on TV. But what you quickly discover is that American network television is television by committee. -Jeffrey Klarik

Politics is not a game for naive thinkers. You may go in as an idealist, but you certainly won't come out as one. -Honeysuckle Weeks

I walked onstage in a play at prep school, and with childish naivete, told myself, 'Wow, I'm an actor!' -Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

In the early nineteenth century, with Enlightenment optimism soured by years of war and revolution, critics were skeptical of America's naive faith that it had reinvented politics. -Simon Schama

I'm no genius, and others can outwork me. What I do is ask the naive, honest questions, and then I'm not satisfied until I get the answers. -Herman Daly

Building codes are a good thing. People who throw rocks at inspectors are being naive. It's a lot like police officers; we want them around unless they stop us for a ticket. It's the same with inspectors. -Dan Phillips

If anything is naive and lightweight, it's the traditional political conversation. -Marianne Williamson

In the winters, I enrolled in the hotel management program at Cornell University. I naively thought that I knew something about sleight-of-hand, entertainment and food, and that would be all I needed. -Ricky Jay

I didn't have the money to put myself through drama school, so I thought – naively – that if I wrote a play and put it on at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, agents would see me and that would be my ticket to Hollywood. I wrote a musical; an acting coach saw it and put me on his course for free while I wrote for his company. -Neil Jackson

While I am grateful for the friendships and relationships that I have with my Republican colleagues, it would be naive to pretend that those friendships will change the way that major policies are enacted in Arizona. -Kyrsten Sinema

I did a show called 'Freaks and Geeks' when I was very young. And I had the naivete and arrogance of youth. You know, I really assumed that when the show got cancelled, like, oh, it doesn't matter, you just keep rolling, you know. I'm about to be the biggest star of the world. And then I was met with five years of unemployment. -Jason Segel

I always think of my films within the context of where aesthetics meet economics. That's the nature of making art – not being naive about what is possible and getting what you need to tell the story you want to tell. -Ira Sachs

Arlen Specter left the GOP because it is a lot easier to win in Pennsylvania as a Democrat than as a Republican. It is that simple. For folks on the Right to brush this off as some sort of 'good purge' is extremely naive. -Chuck Todd

I was a subscriber to 'Sports Illustrated' like so many of us, and I was overwhelmed by a toxic mix of naivete and arrogance, and just thought to myself, 'I think I can write like this.' -Josh Elliott

As a culture or a civilisation, we are a bit juvenile; it's like 'Oh, I have all this power, whoa, this is so cool, I can transform the earth and I can produce all this wealth. But we're blinded by our success in a naive way. There's more to life, actually, and I think the sustainability issue is also helpful in reminding us about that. -Tino Sehgal

Why movie and dance critics are taking 'The Company' seriously, I can't imagine. Are they impressed by Altman's reputation and naive sincerity? By the fluid semi-documentary approach? -Robert Gottlieb

With me, what you see is what you get. Yes, call me naive, but I love life. I am happy, and for that, I make no apologies. I do like to see the best in people, and when someone is nice to my face, I tend to believe them. -Joyce Giraud

I grew up in Indiana. I'm a late bloomer, very naive. -Arija Bareikis

What you don't get necessarily at drama school is a gigantic mix of people. At university, there's people from every social background, and you get to go through that period of being naive and not quite sure who you're going to be. -Tom Riley

Before Enron, I think people were a bit more naive about the way things worked, and I think Enron pulled the curtain back on unsavoury practices that turned out to be a lot more widespread. -Bethany McLean

Countries like France should not be naive. We don't have a French YouTube or Amazon or Netflix. -Xavier Niel

'Twilight' was about a naive person who knew nothing of a certain world, basically discovering that this world existed and totally being indoctrinated into it and falling in love with a vampire, which is interesting. -Mark Waters

'The West Wing' was really important for me for a lot of reasons. It was the first thing I did when I got out to Los Angeles. I'd just finished school, and I was so naive. -Claire Coffee

I didn't get into this for fame, I genuinely didn't. I love acting, and I know that's a cliche, but I didn't, really, I was very naive when it came to the whole being recognized thing. -Kit Harington

There is a clear goal and it isn't to make money. The goal is to desperately try to make the best products we can. We are not naive – if you trust it, people like it, they buy it and we make money. This is a consequence. -Jonathan Ive

Our goal is to desperately make the best products we can. We're not naive. We trust that if we're successful and we make good products, that people will like them. And we trust that if people like them, they'll buy them. And we figured out the operation and we're effective. We know what we're doing, so we'll make money, but it's a consequence. -Jonathan Ive

I was at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where I thought, in my naivete, I'd stay for the rest of my career. I'd thought I'd work up through the ranks and go from spear carrier – or in my case, the eunuch, which was several rungs below the spear carrier – to King Lear. -Christian McKay

There's so much cynicism around in Britain, especially in the press. The American press might be naive, but at least you feel as if they're on your side. -Linus Roache

One naively thinks that by winning the Olympics, it's going to be this switch, and then your life is going to be perfect, and that's not reality. -Dorothy Hamill

There is an anti-science by the far right. We have to be careful that the far left doesn't balance this with a naive approach of promising what we can't deliver. I mean, science is neutral; it's not politically conservative or liberal. -Peter Agre

When I started my airline business, I didn't know everything, right? If I start up a newspaper tomorrow, I might get ripped off by journalists. You'd be naive to think you know everything from day one. -Tony Fernandes

I don't know if every player in the Premier League feels hurt when they lose a game. The right sort is very important. I was naive in thinking that everyone was like me. -Tony Fernandes

I think what's so great about making your first feature film is that you're so naive in some ways; you don't know what to expect, and you don't question things as much because you're just trying to figure it out as you go. -Gia Coppola

I'm not interested in building wealth, which is kind of naive and probably frowned on, living in America. It's something that people don't necessarily understand, but if I die poor, I die poor. -Richard C. Armitage

Alzheimer's is a horrible thing. Some people are naive about it. They think, 'Oh it's just your memory,' but my mother was in terrible pain. Your body closes down. She didn't know if she'd eaten or if she wanted to eat. She couldn't remember how to walk. Towards the end, she didn't know us. It came gradually, then it got worse. -Bonnie Tyler

It was so naive to think that there was nothing interesting that happened after 55. Come on, there's a whole second adulthood! -Gail Sheehy

Having an investor on your board of directors who is naive about public markets or finds them complex or scary is non-optimal. -Bill Gurley

I'm a self-confessed geek, and my whole concept of music at first was entirely electronic. In many ways, it turned out to be an advantage. I was so green, so utterly naive about the nature of classical music, that I did things that made me look totally, deliberately unorthodox. -Eric Whitacre

Mainstream Jewish intellectuals became 'pro'-Israel after the June 1967 war when Israel became the U.S.A.' s strategic asset in the Middle East, i.e., when it was safe and reaped benefits. To credit them with ideological conviction is, in my opinion, very naive. -Norman Finkelstein

I think that the worst form of naivete can be extreme cynicism. If you think that nobody comes to Washington to do any good whatsoever, that is almost as bad as being starry-eyed and thinking that they are all here to advance democracy. -Thomas Mallon

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

The U.S. can still maintain research institutions, such as Caltech, that are the envy of the world, yet it would be hubristic and naive to think that this position is sustainable without investing in science education and basic research. -Ahmed Zewail

I often say my naivete early on in my career worked in my favor. -Sophia Amoruso

I believe the answers to most problems that confront us around the world can and should be approached by engaging both friend and foe in dialogue. No, I don't naively think that dialogue always works, but I believe we should avoid the rigidity of saying that dialogue never works. -Rand Paul

You don't grow up naive in Africa. -Claire Denis

I naively thought I would quit television writing, move up to Seattle, my novel would come out, and then I'd have a novel writing career, and so I found myself really stuck in this very poisonous self-pitying state and felt like I'd never write again. And I blamed Seattle for that. -Maria Semple

In my high-minded and naive way, I believed the only books worth reading were the classics. -Maria Semple

I was very naive, and I thought it was just a matter of writing my first book and sending it in, and for the rest of my life I would be writing books and collecting royalties. Nobody told me how hard it was going to be to get published. -Jerry Spinelli

I was reading newspaper front pages from the 1930s, and I was taken aback. I'm not naive about American history, but I was a bit knocked off my feet by things that used to be on the front pages of newspapers. -Daniel Woodrell

Being a little naive can work to your advantage. -Gia Coppola

I naively thought that we could have a molecular definition for life, come up with a set of genes that would minimally define life. Nature just refuses to be so easily quantified. -Craig Venter

Even with seemingly simple things like eye color, you can't tell from my genetic code whether I have blue eyes or not. So it's naive to think that complex human behaviors, like risk-seeking, are driven by changes in one or two genes. -Craig Venter

If I had known how hard it would be to do something new, particularly in the payments industry, I would never have started PayPal. That's why nobody with long experience in banking had done it. You needed to be naive enough to think that new things could be done. -Peter Thiel

There was a naive quality in 1982 around technology and the start of video games. And that's like the start of electronic music – there was this statement and, ideologically, these things to fight for. -Thomas Bangalter

Science fiction has traditionally been economically naive, with a strong libertarian streak, which I think is like a crude Leninism. That's attractive because it could be used to explain everything, and if only we lived by its tenets, everything would be perfect. -Charles Stross

The greatest gift I've been given is being naive, because I don't know what I can't do. And when you don't know what you can't do, you think you can do everything. -Kelsea Ballerini

I oscillate between being cynical and being naive on a regular basis. I always think that not much shocks me until something much too obvious does. -Rabih Alameddine

Loss is inevitable – you have to be blind or naive to think otherwise. -Alice McDermott

I think its naive to think you can push yourself as hard as someone else can push you, but I work really hard on my own. I know my body. -Charlie Weber

I know there is a stereotype that I am naive, but I know what I want, and I know what I'm doing to get there. -Dan Shechtman

I'd read a lot of books where the girls are in awe of the supernatural male, so I thought it was time to write about an awesome and super-powerful female who is also quite vulnerable and naive about life on earth. -Alexandra Adornetto

I'm always amused when people point out that Benjamin's naivety about the publishing process is just so unbelievable in Starborn #1 since, of course, no aspiring writer in reality could ever be so naive. -Chris Roberson

What I love about 'Big Hero 6', with Baymax himself – this sentient creature who's actually a learning robot – with each experience, this naive and gullible creature becomes more aware of issues. -Roy Conli

Satan, our adversary, wants us to fail. He spreads lies as part of his effort to destroy our belief. He slyly suggests that the doubter, the skeptic, the cynic is sophisticated and intelligent, while those who have faith in God and His miracles are naive, blind, or brainwashed. -Dieter F. Uchtdorf

I often play characters on TV shows that are more sweet and naive and just kind of puppy-dog eyes, and I don't think I am like that as a person. -Lauren Lapkus

The common liberal orthodoxy that living close to the land leads to eco-awareness is historically naive, considering that Mesopotamia, northern Africa, and the Mayan civilization were ruined by people who had lived there quite a long while. -Gregory Benford

Everyone knows that life isn't fair. Saying it's not fair suggests that you think life is supposed to be fair, which makes you look immature and naive. -Travis Bradberry

If you're an advocate of gentleness, you're simplistic and naive. If you're an advocate of despair and hate, you're sophisticated. -Leo Buscaglia

I had more or less abandoned the idea of an electroweak gauge theory during the period 1961-1970. Of the several reasons for this, one was the failure of my naive foray into renormalizability. -Sheldon Lee Glashow

You cannot play naive if you're not. -Ida Lupino

The appeal of the Golden Age heroes for me is their simplicity, even their naivety – they represent the fundamental building blocks of the whole superhero genre, whether it's a 'super' man able to lift cars, or a vigilante who terrorises criminals at night like Batman. -Adam Christopher

When we overthrew Mubarak, we did this in 18 days. And because we were very naive and very unexperienced in revolutions, we thought that that was it. It is very difficult to imagine that you can actually get rid of a dictatorship that has been there for 60 years only in 18 days. So we were very naive. -Bassem Youssef

I think kids relate to me because I have some ability to remain a little bit naive. Even during interviews. Mostly during interviews. -Cat Stevens

I have nothing against cosmetic procedures, but I don't want my face lasered. Also, people are naive about how much you can do with make-up and lighting, and I've learned from the best. -Marie Helvin

The reality is that most celebrity defendants are extremely unknowledgeable, naive, and vulnerable, and if they get into trouble, they usually call their lawyer friends who handle criminal cases, and if they don't know any, they call their business lawyers, who then refer them to lawyer friends of theirs. -Vincent Bugliosi

For Tammy Duckworth to blame the junior senator from Illinois for Islamic terror shows that she is a naive fool not fit for office in the Senate. -Mark Kirk

When I was getting my education, I fell in love with the writings of Peter Drucker. He was my hero. I had a naive belief that when I became a manager, it was going to be like Peter Drucker's books. That is, I was going to be the effective executive. I was going to talk to people about their goals. I was going to help them actualize. -Guy Kawasaki

I may sound naive, since everyone's decided the next two years are going to be all about 2016, but I look at what's happened over the years when there's been divided government. That's when we've done tax reform, that's when we've done entitlement reform – to move this economy forward on these big issues. -Rob Portman

I knew that I wanted to write about a very young woman because I wanted to see the eyes of the art world in a fresh or even slightly naive way. Because there's something very honest about entering a room and not having a read on everyone there. -Rachel Kushner

Something that truly frustrates me is the impression in Israel that when you are talking about security, you are bold; you are tough: this is what we need against all the enemies that we have. And when someone is talking about peace, you know, it's the naive left wing, soft. -Tzipi Livni

Cholera is even more severe among populations who are immunologically naive. -Christy Turlington

Perhaps I am naive, but I believe that at this point in history, the greatest danger to our freedom and way of life comes from the reasonable fear of omniscient State powers kept in check by nothing more than policy documents. -Edward Snowden

We have to make a bridge of confidence based on natural and elementary morality which corresponds to the natures of man and which would be respected by all men. I may be naive in this, but I think it is better to be naive than skeptical. -Dominique Pire

I've always believed, maybe naively, that 'The play's the thing.' -J. K. Simmons

I think that for people who are trying to make a difference, you have to start the company being naive. You wouldn't do it if you understood all the work. I work a lot. I wish it was easier. -Anne Wojcicki

My fragrance is rose and amber, and I was just very specific. A lot of what I've done, at the stages I've done it, I've been a little naive, which brought with it a kind of charm. I did Stella a while ago. It's now a bit of a classic. -Stella McCartney

When I was younger, I was kind of fearless. I think it takes more courage to do things when you know more. I was completely naive, and I was like, 'Why can't I do anything I want to do?' -Carole King

I was always… naive enough to not know what I could not accomplish. -Kevin Plank

I came to America at such a young age, and I was so naive that I didn't realise what I was getting myself into; maybe that's why it worked out for me. -Claire Holt

I really look up to Louis C.K. I think he's great. And obviously he's very popular, more popular than me. Years ago, I was thinking, naively, it would be great to be that popular. And then I thought about it and then I realized that, with his money and his level of notoriety, he has all of the same emotions that I do. -Mike Posner

I sometimes get accused of being 'faux-naive,' but for me, it's really just about getting down to the basics of something. -Louis Theroux

If you live in a democracy, it's very tiring to be always surrounded by great and high abstract generalisations which are, in fact, the most banal and naive cliches dug out of second-rate movements of the late 19th century. -John Ralston Saul

At times, I might have been too young; I might have been too naive at times and didn't understand who I really was to a whole culture. -Allen Iverson

I remember being amazed that actors had a union. I thought only coal miners had unions, or guys that worked in automobile plants. That's an indication of how naive I was. -Peter Falk

Truthfully, and I don't mean to sound naive, but I don't know that much about the film business. -Kenneth Lonergan

It would be extremely naive to conclude anything other than the following: America's most vital secrets are in the hands of our adversaries because Secretary Clinton intentionally avoided using official government communication systems. -Mike Pompeo

I'm interested in light. It's a very direct, pragmatic, American, rather naive approach. -James Turrell

I think that I, Jack McBrayer, am somewhat of a people pleaser, and I do enjoy being good at my job. But I would never endanger my life with gullibility or naivete. -Jack McBrayer

I had worked for ten years in theater; I had worked at Second City in Chicago. Then I got to Hollywood, and I was like, naively, 'Where's my pilot?' -Nia Vardalos

I've gotten to jump into a lot of different things. And either being bold enough or dumb enough or naive enough to believe I could play them all, it's an exercise of self-delusion. -Michael Potts

For the longest, I was slightly naive when it came to the real world. There were a lot of fears I was afraid to conquer that were just holding me back from standing up for myself or taking chances. -Christina Milian

I think I was a bit naive when I was younger. I don't know what it was: I sort of felt tunnel vision – I didn't really have peripheral vision or see the world and what was happening. I'm much more worldly, and I believe that I'm much more grounded in my body than I probably was when I was younger. -Jenna Dewan

From the FA to UEFA and FIFA, there's a naivety, a lack of knowledge and understanding and packed with people who are out of touch. -George Best

Let us not be so naive as to think that revolution is just a matter of social or economic discontent. -Ferdinand Marcos

To think that we can understand everything is such stupidity because our senses are so limited. We are so limited that to feel that we can understand the creation scientifically is a little bit naive. It's very childish. -Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I used to be naive. I didn't realize the value of being a whole performer… People start to care about you when they know more about you and see different aspects of your personality. -AJ Lee

We have lost our vision for the future. Before, we say, 'Nothing will be the same. Cars will fly, and we go to the end of the universe.' We have this kind of naive but exciting idea of the future. Now, the vision has been reduced to ways to select our garbage and how to survive global warming. -Jean-Michel Jarre

In some ways, my naivete saved me. -Sheryl Lee

Sometimes it's good to be naive. -Michael Pena

I'm often characterized as an optimistic writer, and certainly my 'Neanderthal Parallax' and 'WWW' trilogies shade toward the utopian. I like to think that's not simple naivete, but rather a reasonable approach. -Robert J. Sawyer

Anybody that believes that a country can be maintained that has no ethnic core to it or no linguistic core to it, I believe, is naive in the extreme. -Pat Buchanan

As an actress, you have to be very naive. -Elizabeth Marvel

Truly original thinkers tend not to be entrepreneurs who've spent 10 years at Cisco and can be trusted to know what they're doing. They tend to be 26 years old and highflying. They often have a very childlike mind, with some naivete. -Steve Jurvetson

One immutable trait of the gullible is that they are credulous to a fault. Though no-doubt well-meaning, the naive are Trump's base. -Pamela Meyer

It's more interesting for me to figure out how to be superior in areas where I'm naive, where I'm a novice. -Frank Ocean

I try to stay as naive as possible so I'm not as aware as much of the risks. -Sam Hunt

I've never been scared, but I'm very naive. -Kelsea Ballerini

I don't want to sound Pollyannish about this. I understand that poverty is never just poverty. It's often this collection of maladies, this compounded adversity. I'm not naive about the problem. But I think that stable, steady housing is one of the surest footholds we could have on the road to financial stability. -Matthew Desmond

I am not naive, and I do realize that racism is alive and well in the United States of America. I am also fully aware that when segregation ended, we didn't all live happily ever after. No one can convince me, however, that life in America would be better if blacks and whites had stayed separate and unequal. -Maysoon Zayid

I was so naive to think once you sign, it's all good, and you are a superstar. -William Singe

A lot of the things I was doing on the first couple Washed Out releases was very naive. -Washed Out

Being a president is an impossible job – it's naive to think someone can do the job and not bend the law here and there. -Ron Howard

I had a ridiculously idyllic childhood. I think back and am like, 'Wow. I was so naive, in the best way.' -Gayle Rankin

I wasn't naive, but at the end of my Miss America year, when two different executives attacked me during what I thought were informational interviews about jobs, I was shocked. I didn't see it coming, and the worst thing about it was the shame I felt, as if I'd done something wrong. -Gretchen Carlson

The trouble with Trump's father was that he was a totally naive man. He had no idea that you could buy the whole news reporting business in New York City with a return phone call. -Jimmy Breslin

I had a lot of friends for a long time who were gay, and I didn't even realize it for awhile. Even in my mid- to late 20s, I was still pretty naive about it. -Megan Mullally

I certainly have gay friends, but I don't remember thinking, 'Oh my God, I have this friend, and they're gay, and that's so cool.' I mean, I was very naive until I got to a certain age. -Megan Mullally

We in no way are naive to think that just because Russia and the United States agree to reduce their arsenals, that everyone else will fall in line. -Valerie Plame

After President Obama took office, his campaign book 'The Audacity of Hope' receded into his past fast. Its sweet, naive, bipartisan 'let's reason together' passages fell away, too. -John Dickerson

For a while, I became a model scout and agent, thinking naively I could change the industry from the inside, and even kicked off the famous 'size zero debate' with an article I wrote to the 'Evening Standard' about my concerns from behind the curtain of the business, back in 2005. -Jameela Jamil

I've never loved a character as much as I do Niska. The way she's been written is so complex, with huge amounts of light and dark. It's a really satisfying challenge to play someone who is superhuman in their intelligence and physical ability but completely naive when it comes to certain aspects of life. -Emily Berrington

I was probably a naive youth, but I saw that I could make things happen. -David Robinson

I'm really into very 'naive craft,' like Second World War playing cards. -Jonathan Anderson

Schiaparelli was almost like a pop artist. Even the first sweater had a naive visual impact. You immediately get it, and you love it or you hate it. There's nothing in between. But she had a proper upbringing, so she also understood about quality and luxury. -Marco Zanini

Harvard prides itself on its diversity – economic, racial, social, geographical – but it remains intellectually segregated. It's not what conservative commentators seem to imagine – a bastion of liberal professors force-feeding radical opinions to a naive student body. -Alexandra Petri

I'd always liked movies in a kind of naive way. They seemed no less improbable a career than anything else. -Terrence Malick

I am not so naive to think that I can make every problem in the health service go away. No minister can. And never will be able to. -Leo Varadkar

This can sound as something naive. But if we are together in this union, it's because we choose to be one in many things. That's what makes the European Union experience so challenging and also a model. Why did we do this choice? Because we see that we share a common interest and common values. -Federica Mogherini

I see my friends and family who have a passion or a dream, but it's now a dream deferred because they were never naive enough or brazen enough to say, 'Let me do this.' -Sterling K. Brown

Most people aren't good or bad. They're naive. -Jake LaMotta

Our Founders were not naive simpletons. They understood that human freedom is a fragile thing, that 'eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.' -Tom Tancredo

When I first arrived in the U.S. House of Representatives, I naively believed that it was primarily the Democrats who were committed to open borders. But I quickly learned the entire Republican establishment also supported a policy of immigration non-enforcement. -Tom Tancredo

Maybe I am naive, but I don't think talking about the Holocaust with total and complete cynicism is possible for Israeli politicians. It's inevitable that the Holocaust is part of Israeli politics. -Timothy D. Snyder

I'm kind of in love with my theater agent. I'm a true naive about the theater, a total innocent. -Nathan Englander

Claiming that Social Security benefits are safe may sound naive, but my view is actually quite cynical. I believe that as long as the elderly continue to vote in large numbers, no Congress will renege on promised payouts for those already eligible to receive benefits. -Richard Thaler

I was pretty naive about how hard it would be to get out from under the family name. Not that I'm complaining. -Owen King

I haven't experienced a lot of prejudice in my life, but I'm not naive to what goes on in the world. -Malachi Kirby

I was completely naive about the business of being an actor. My family didn't go to the theater or to the movies. We watched television like every 1960s small-town American family, and I certainly never thought about being on TV. I thought I was going to be a classical actor in the grand tradition. -Frances McDormand

For a long time, I was very naive and very trusting. I Just didn't think anyone would want to do anything to harm me, but I learned through trial and error that that's not the case. -Margo Price

I guess I always had made some assumptions about what it would be like to work in a tech company, and some were right, and some were wrong. I had a lot of, looking back on it, now naive ideas about how companies build their brands, and a lot of those notions I ended up realizing were kind of wrong. -Daniel Lyons

Whether such socialism is foolish naivety or heroic idealism is a matter of opinion, but what is certain is that, however many CDs are sold or tours sold out, the sound waves themselves are free. -Stephen Hough

We are young; we are naive with money. Money can go fast. If anyone thinks he is something better just because he has more money in the account, then he can very quickly fall on your face. -Granit Xhaka

The West is pathetically naive about Russian reformers. We long to believe they are real liberals, but no liberal will ever rule Russia. -Simon Sebag Montefiore

It was always presumptuous to expect Russia, an ancient nation-state and proud empire of distinct culture with a tradition of autocracy, to become an Anglo-American democracy overnight – just as it is naive to expect it in other parts of the world. -Simon Sebag Montefiore

Working for CNN, you help set the agenda for decision makers and industry leaders simply by doing your job. What the network covers and how we cover it affects people. I am not naive enough to believe I work in some 'pure' news vacuum. -Richard Quest

It's funny: 'Next Thing' was written in a time of my life when I was actually really naive and thought that I was wise. -Frankie Cosmos

Raising money, like sausage-making, ain't pretty to see, and it would be just criminally naive to rely on the big hearts of big donors. -Richard Cohen

I really like arcade games and like the '80s and early '90s kind of games, just because there's a real kind of naivete to them, but there's like a real inventiveness to it as well. -Taika Waititi

I've always been bothered by systems that don't work for everybody. It doesn't mean we're all equal. I am not naive about that. But we should have a more inclusive society. -Paul Polman

Peter Jennings came to us and said to make a PSA, 'Let's Talk About AIDS.' But I was naive about how the virus is contracted – until Magic Johnson came out. I'd stereotyped it, thinking it was a gay disease, a white man's disease. -Pepa

The strange proposition that black intellectuals – regardless of their training – are 'race experts' mainly because they are black is naive and potentially dangerous. -Carl Hart

It's one thing to be innocent and another thing to be naive or willfully ignorant. -Eric Metaxas

I love taking something that is understood to be funny or charming or sweet or naive and instilling it with some degree of gravity. -David Lowery

It would be naive to say that you could make a movie on film for the same price you can digitally. -Rachel Morrison

People like to use the word 'naivete' as a negative, but not for me. -Brian Tyree Henry

Teens have a sensational narcissism and genuinely believe that their experiences are unique and can't be explained to adults. But we forgive them for their mistakes and naivete. -Stephanie Savage

The reason I got into filmmaking was super naive: to change the world, you know? To really make the voices that we don't get to hear heard and the images and the stories that we don't get to see seen. I would like to normalize that. -Melina Matsoukas

I'm not naive enough to believe it's in our nature to step outside our comfort zones. -Andy Dunn

I don't read music. I refuse to learn how to do that. I barely know half the chords I'm playing. I like being naive when it comes to that. -Linda Perry

To me, I feel like everything I touch will do good. Because my heart and my passion is all in the right spot. And you can't go wrong with that. But maybe I'm naive. -Linda Perry

With the first album, there was a lot of angst. I was very naive. I thought I was on top of the whole thing, but I really didn't know what I was getting into. -Paolo Nutini

Negotiating with Iran and believing they will keep their word is naive at best. -Kathy Szeliga

I'm incredibly hopeful – in many ways, still very naive. I think a lot of that has helped me. My sort of naivete has sort of gotten me in trouble at times, but I haven't stopped myself from doing things. -Sutton Foster

There is this way that I felt when I was younger that we were beyond history and we were all citizens of the world that now seems so naive. -Elif Batuman

I think I'm a little less naive than SpongeBob can sometimes seem to be. -Ethan Slater

SpongeBob has these qualities that I aspire to. Sure, he's a little naive, maybe, but he's so optimistic and is able to put his love of his friends and family above everything else. -Ethan Slater

Cinema, which demands suspension of disbelief, is an increasingly naive proposition. -Peter Greenaway

I like characters who have two different things going on, whether it is Robin from 'Top Of The Lake' having that strength juxtaposed with the vulnerability and being in pain, or whether it is Peggy from 'Mad Men' with her naivety and her sort of idiocy at times, combined with her intelligence and courage really to do what she did at that time. -Elisabeth Moss

It's naive of adults to believe that young people aren't aware of what is going on in the world. The best thing we can do is confront that to help them navigate it. We can help them say, 'These things are happening. What does that mean for your life?' -Jason Reynolds

In summer of 2008, I meet a guy named Michael Seibel. And Michael Seibel says, 'There are these people called angels, and they'll give you money.' The first thing I thought is, 'I can't believe this guy believes in angels.' That's how naive I was. -Brian Chesky

I am not naive enough to believe that voting is the only way to bring about transformational change, just as I know that protest alone is not the sole solution to the challenges we face. -DeRay Mckesson

It's not such a bad thing to bring some naive optimism to Washington. -Rod Lurie

I've 20,000 hours of clinical practice; you're not naive after the first few thousand. I've helped people deal with things that most people can't imagine. -Jordan Peterson

I made a naive decision, and I joined the Navy. I figured I would use the G.I. Bill to pay for any college I wanted. I dreamed of going to Julliard to study music and acting. -Angelica Ross

Following the automotive pack down unwise and unprofitable roads is not just naive but also very dangerous. -Sergio Marchionne

My mindset was that I was always going to be in Toronto my whole career, but I was never naive. -DeMar DeRozan

I am not delusional. Listen, I am not naive to the fact that people are not shouting my name all over the state of California. -Kevin de Leon

My naivety is to assume people will think there's compassion and solidarity in wanting to play someone even though we are not them. -Robert Lepage

Communism has not died. We naively thought in the '90s we had buried communism, but this is not true. It is not dead, and it will be coming back. -Svetlana Alexievich

You start a business being hungry, foolish, and a little bit naive. But more often than not, you end up being disrupted yourself. It happened to Skype. -Taavet Hinrikus

I didn't have an acting job when I moved to L.A. I was just naive enough to think that moving to L.A. was the next step after college. My parents were really supportive. -Candice Patton

My mother was so ignorant of what could have befallen me and was probably so exhausted – she was one of the first generation of single parents as well – that it was all a bit overwhelming. So the naivety of parents meant we did have a certain amount of freedom. -Viv Albertine

The audiences used to say, 'Are you a Donovan fan or a Dylan fan?' It was all very naive, really. -Donovan

President Reagan preached 'trickle down economics' but naively did not reckon on the fact that the wealthy would only care about getting more for themselves instead of caring about helping those with less. -Mark Goulston

As a kid, I was naive. One thing I did have a dream of, though: I had a dream I would make a kung-fu movie. -Rza

Some people have a concept of design: that it should be without the maker. I have been educated in this way, the traditional way. But I am not naive. I know that we make my things, and that people want them. I am signing them – and I am winking at them. -Marcel Wanders

Maybe Hillary Clinton was right in 2008 when she called Barack Obama 'naive' on foreign policy. -Richard Grenell

I'm not naive. All politics is about identity, right? Neighborhood politics, cultural politics, issue politics. It's not as though I don't get that. It's just – it has to be, I think, tempered in a way that is for our overall advancement and not to our detriment or obliteration. When I say 'our,' I don't mean just communities of color. -Ayanna Pressley

Being in love makes you feel kind of naive. -Killer Mike

We were kind of young and a little naive when we first started out in the business. -Jay DeMarcus

I feel like we were so naive when we first got started, we didn't even know we'd be around for two years, given how tough it was when we were first starting out. -Jay DeMarcus

At first, you can play into the naivete that people think you have because you don't dress well. They almost give you the benefit of the doubt. But when success comes, that's no longer a good angle, so now you're 'a political animal.' -Jeff Van Gundy

To feel that literature has any politically redemptive power at all just seems increasingly naive. -Sally Rooney

When we started making mixtapes, we were just ripping stuff off YouTube and DVDs, naively thinking that because we were putting it up for free, it was gonna be fine. -Dan Smith

I have been parts of some films in the South where I didn't expect certain shots to be shot in a certain way. I wasn't experienced enough; I was very naive. I didn't have the standing of an actor to say that I don't want to do this shot. -Ileana D'Cruz

When I first started out in Telugu cinema, I signed anything and everything that came my way. I was 18, was immature, and it felt like a good idea that 'Oh, they are paying me a good amount of money.' I was young, naive; I had zero ambition, and honestly, it wasn't my calling. -Ileana D'Cruz

I know I have not always been understandable and that I was guided for too long by stubborn naivety, which created confusion. -Amanda Knox

Since the dawn of civilization, markets have been ubiquitous. Many of us have benefited from their focus and efficiency. Yet two widely held beliefs – that markets are best left unregulated and that markets are inherently benign – are naive and outdated. -Howard Gardner

Don't be naive and allow a man to take advantage of you. -Kriti Kharbanda

When I debuted at NXT, I was naive, and look where it got me. I was overlooked and underestimated. -Alexa Bliss

Though 'Shahid' was the only true story, what happened in 'Trapped' can happen to anyone. And I am sure there are people like Newton, and there are boys who are naive, sweet, and rowdy, like my part in 'Bareilly'… The humanness is something I loved. -Rajkummar Rao

The term 'sell out' is juvenile and naive. -Gavin McInnes

My mum and dad are quite hippyish, so I'm pretty naive. I take everyone at face value. -Noel Fielding

I think a handful of the roles that I've gotten to play are characters whom I've lived that are like younger versions of me but who are maybe more naive and a little bit wilder than when I was. And I've gotten to play 16 and 17 when I was a little bit older, so I got to pull from experience. -Sarah Bolger

I have a different perspective on the world than the way I looked at the world when I was 20. I was kind of naive. I'm a cancer survivor, been working in this industry for a time, and older with more opinions, more experience. -Tom Green

I think it's amusing to watch a naive, well-meaning character kind of undo more cynical characters – kind of like watching Laurel and Hardy or Charlie Chaplin. -Stephen Hillenburg

Laurel and Hardy are among my strongest influences, and I think they're perfect examples of two naive, kid-like characters that are still funny today. In fact, they're a lot like SpongeBob and Patrick, walking around in their own little world and causing a fine mess. -Stephen Hillenburg

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

The original idea of being anonymous – it was a great, naive idea on paper in 2008, not knowing to what degree we'd be touring or to what extent this was going to be a professional operation. That regimen is very hard to live by. What I hadn't foreseen was the fans and their willingness to embrace that and play along. -Tobias Forge

I'm not naive. It's football. You're going to make mistakes. -Saquon Barkley

I never pictured L.A. as a hub for amazing food, which I learned quite quickly is sheer naivete. The restaurants here are insane. -Dan Levy

What I do have is an appreciation for the fact that I've been very blessed and fortunate with timing, in getting opportunities that I wouldn't have otherwise gotten, if I weren't from a football family where my grandfather had so much success. I'm not naive enough to think otherwise. -Sean McVay

I arrived in Hartford as a 25-year-old naive state legislator who believed in universal health care. I rose to become the 29-year-old Chairman of the legislature's Health Committee. -Chris Murphy

I'm pretty gloriously positive and naive in a way. -Kirstin Maldonado

When I was 17, I had a small part in the movie 'Election,' which shot in Omaha, Nebraska. I was really naive at the time; I really didn't know what a big deal it was. -Nicholas D'Agosto

I'm not as naive as some people think. -Tiffany Darwish

If the be-all and end-all of your ability is, 'Have you got a trophy to your name,' I find that hard to understand. It's so naive in terms of what the job of being a football coach is all about. -Roy Hodgson

Maybe I see things too naively at times. -Roy Hodgson

My dream was to play for Chelsea – maybe I was bit naive. -Patrick Bamford

It's naive of anyone to think there is no corruption in football because it's everywhere. -Chris Coleman

We had the idea as women that we could walk into music and be good at it and be as good as any man and have a career in it without being taken advantage of. So basically, those things came true. The obstacle course was just more difficult than we ever anticipated. We were optimistic and very naive. -Nancy Wilson

As a female actress – I've been doing this since I was a teenager – I often got approached with the ingenue roles: naive and wide-eyed and childlike. -Jessica Henwick

Sometimes you're going to be inexperienced, naive, untested, and totally right. And then, in those moments, you have to make a choice: is this a time to speak up, or hang back? -Jon Lovett

It would have been naive to believe that it's an easy job to become the undisputed No. 1 at Barcelona, but that's my target, and it's something I will tackle with all my ambition. -Marc-Andre ter Stegen

The reality is that religion, across the board, and in and of itself, neither provokes war nor promotes peace – and it is childish and naive, not to mention utopian, to believe otherwise. -Mehdi Hasan

When you're being interviewed every day, and you're tired, you can make mistakes and say the wrong things, especially when you're young. When you're young, you don't realize everything, and you're a little naive. -Christian Laettner

It might sound naive, but for me, you know, for me, the important part is kind of making process. So I'm not super result oriented, and I just, like, kind of getting lost in the process of making something. -Hiro Murai

There's a two-tier justice system. And anyone who denies it is either naive or in denial. This is what the reality of America is. If you have certain privileges, if you're from a certain socioeconomic status, you have a certain skin color, the odds are in your favor. -Ana Kasparian

I am not naive or stupid enough to imagine that people are just going to look at my face and vote for me. -Urmila Matondkar

I suppose you always look back at how easier things were being young. There's always a shame that you're not as naive as you were. -Siouxsie Sioux

I was raised to please people in authority, and I'd also come from a sheltered boarding school, so I was very naive and young for my years. -Rachael Stirling

My parents are naive in their morality of things, and so, without realising it, I landed up being ethical and having strong opinions. -Sonali Bendre

I was naive. Before 'Larrikins,' I thought passion, hard work, and a skill set will mean that anything you want to do will get done. I don't think that anymore. -Tim Minchin

Somewhat naively, I entered the BBC's 'New Talent Competition,' believing it was for people who had never tried comedy before. I remember sitting in the dressing room before the show and hearing the other acts – who all knew one another – talking to Rhod Gilbert about how he must be about ready to go 'full-time' as a comic. -Jon Richardson

I was too naive when I started out. It was hard to understand the workings of the industry. But rejection and ridicule pushed me to discover my individuality. I wanted success on my terms. -Asha Bhosle

The main thing that triggered my depression was my isolation that was imposed on me by becoming the wife of the prime minister, and leaving my home, my family. I was young, very young, and very naive and very hopeful and enthusiastic about my wonderful new life, but it was the loneliness and the lack of being able to properly relate to people. -Margaret Trudeau

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