80+ Innocence Quotes to Help You Understand More About Life

80+ Innocence Quotes to Help You Understand More About Life
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Tripboba.com - Innocence is a state of mind in which you can see the world from a child's eyes, without being smudged by pain, guilt, or touched by the dark side of life.

Inside this article, Tripboba has collected lots of innocence quotes by some famous writers and characters to make you understand more what is the meaning of innocence.

Quotes About Innocence

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Here are some innocence quotes for you to read.

  • “I like living in my head because in there, everyone is kind and innocent. Once you start integrating yourself into the world, you realize that people are nasty, mean creatures. They're worse than zombies. People try to crush your soul and destroy your happiness, but zombies just want to have a little nibble of your brain.” ― J. Cornell Michel, Jordan's Brains: A Zombie Evolution

  • “There's nothing more contagious than the laughter of young children; it doesn't even have to matter what they're laughing about.” ― Criss Jami, Killosophy

  • “If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

  • “When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.” ― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

  • “How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! The world forgetting, by the world, forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d” ― Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard

  • “You boys can keep your virgins give me hot old women in high heels with asses that forgot to get old.” ― Charles Bukowski, Love Is a Dog from Hell

  • “A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.” ― Germaine Greer

  • “You can call it innocence, or you can call it gullibility, but Celia made the most common mistake of the good-hearted: she assumed that everyone else was just like her.” ― Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin

  • “When I saw him look at me with lust, I dropped my eyes but, in glancing away from him, I caught sight of myself in the mirror. And I saw myself, suddenly, as he saw me, my pale face, the way the muscles in my neck stuck out like thin wire. I saw how much that cruel necklace became me. And, for the first time in my innocent and confined life, I sensed in myself a potentiality for corruption that took my breath away.” ― Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

  • “There is no client as scary as an innocent man." ― Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer

  • “People say you're born innocent, but it's not true. You inherit all kinds of things that you can do nothing about. You inherit your identity, your history, like a birthmark that you can't wash off. ... We are born with our heads turned back, but my mother says we have to face into the future now. You have to earn your own innocence, she says. You have to grow up and become innocent.” ― Hugo Hamilton, The Sailor in the Wardrobe

  • “When I watched you dancing that day, I saw something else. I saw a new world coming rapidly. More scientific, efficient, yes. More cures for the old sicknesses. Very good. But a harsh, cruel world. And I saw a little girl, her eyes tightly closed, holding to her breast the old kind world, one that she knew in her heart could not remain, and she was holding it and pleading, never to let her go.” ― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

  • “I never, even for a moment, doubted what they’d told me. This is why it is that adults and even parents can, unwittingly, be cruel: they cannot imagine doubt’s complete absence. They have forgotten.” ― David Foster Wallace

  • “Don't care what people say, just follow your own way, don't give up and use the chance to return to innocence. That's not the beginning of the end, that's the return to yourself, the return to innocence.” ― Enigma

  • “My world was the size of a crayon box, and it took every colour to draw her.” ― Sarah Kay, No Matter the Wreckage

  • “And that's what innocence is. It's simple and trusting like a child, not judgmental and committed to one narrow point of view. If you are locked into a pattern of thinking and responding, your creativity gets blocked. You miss the freshness and magic of the moment. Learn to be innocent again, and that freshness never fades.” ― Michael Jackson

  • “But while I was sitting down, I saw something that drove me crazy. Somebody'd written 'fuck you' on the wall. It drove me damn near crazy. I thought how Phoebe and all the other little kids would see it, and how they'd wonder what the hell it meant, and then finally some dirty kid would tell them— all cockeyed naturally— what it meant, and how they'd all think about it and maybe even worry about it for a couple of days. I kept wanting to kill whoever'd written it.” ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

  • “No matter what happens, always keep your childhood innocence. It's the most important thing.” ― Federico Fellini

  • “Ô, Wanderess, Wanderess. When did you feel your most euphoric kiss? Was I the source of your greatest bliss?” ― Roman Payne

  • “It is photography itself that creates the illusion of innocence. Its ironies of frozen narrative lend to its subjects an apparent unawareness that they will change or die. It is the future they are innocent of. Fifty years on we look at them with the godly knowledge of how they turned out after all - who they married, the date of their death - with no thought for who will one day be holding photographs of us.” ― Ian McEwan, Black Dogs

  • “Christian morality (so called) has all the characters of a reaction; it is, in great part, a protest against Paganism. Its ideal is negative rather than positive; passive rather than action; innocence rather than Nobleness; Abstinence from Evil, rather than energetic Pursuit of Good: in its precepts (as has been well said) 'thou shalt not' predominates unduly over 'thou shalt.” ― John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

  • “That was my first instinct -- to protect him. It never occurred to me that there was a greater need to protect myself. 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, The Quiet American

  • “Innocence eroded into nightmare. All because of very bad touch. Love, corrupted.” ― Ellen Hopkins, Fallout

Quotes on Innocence

Quotes on Innocence
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These innocence quotes will help you to understand more about what the meaning of innocence is.

  • “For children, childhood is timeless. It is always the present. Everything is in the present tense. Of course, they have memories. Of course, time shifts a little for them and Christmas comes round in the end. But they don’t feel it. Today is what they feel, and when they say ‘When I grow up,’ there is always an edge of disbelief—how could they ever be other than what they are?” ― Ian McEwan, The Child in Time

  • “No one loses their innocence. It is either taken or given away willingly.” ― Tiffany Madison, Black and White

  • “O Rose, thou art sick. The invisible worm that flies in the night in the howling storm has found out thy bed of crimson joy, and his dark secret love does thy life destroy.” ― William Blake, Songs of Experience

  • “There is no aphrodisiac like innocence” ― Jean Baudrillard

  • “Life is about taking the time to recognize things that we already know and finding out the mysteries behind the innocence of their appearance. Life is a patient quest for second or third dimensions. (“Just a bit of a chat, please”)” ― Erik Pevernagie

  • “The many unsuspected little things on our road can strike us in their innocence and cure eye blindness and deafness. They may connect us with the people, and with ourselves. The sparkle of every single moment can conjure up promising expectations and new budding of imagination. ("The grass was greener over there")” ― Erik Pevernagie

  • “When our consciousness has become a haven of illusions, our mind may have a hard time to fight the maze in our thinking. Only anchor points from our past and the innocence of our childhood might give back the core of what we are." (“Not without the past”) ― Erik Pevernagie

  • “Life is made of moments. and choices. Not all of them matter, or have any lasting impact. Skipping class in favor of a taste of freedom, picking a prom dress because of the way it transforms you into a princess in the mirror. Even the nights you steal away from an open window, tiptoe silent to the end of the driveway, where darkened headlights and the pull of something unknown beckon. These are all small choices, really. Insignificant as soon as they’re made. Innocent." - Jessi Kirby, Golden

  • “That's the beautiful thing about innocence; even monsters have a pocketful of childhood memories with which to seek comfort with.” ― Dave Matthes, Sleepeth Not, the Bastard

  • “Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.” ― Anne Frank

  • “It's never too late to have a happy childhood.” ― Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker

  • “It takes a very long time to become young.” ― Pablo Picasso

  • “Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.” ― Albert Camus, The Rebel

  • “All things truly wicked start from innocence.” ― Ernest Hemingway

  • “It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.” ― Voltaire, Zadig et autres contes

  • “The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children. ” ― Jim Henson

  • “He moved like a dancer, which is not surprising; a horse is a beautiful animal, but it is perhaps most remarkable because it moves as if it always hears music.” ― Mark Helprin, Winter's Tale

  • “For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy.” ― G.K. Chesterton

  • “He stood at the window of the empty cafe and watched the activities in the square and he said that it was good that God kept the truths of life from the young as they were starting out or else they'd have no heart to start at all.” ― Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses

  • “They've done it before and they'll do it again and when they do it -- seems that only the children weep. Good night.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

  • “You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret— you return to the beauty you have always been.” ― Aberjhani, Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black

  • “Innocence is a kind of insanity.” ― Graham Greene, The Quiet American

  • “There is an innocence in admiration: it occurs in one who has not yet realized that they might one day be admired.” ― Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

  • “There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” ― Ayn Rand

  • “In an extroverted society, the difference between an introvert and an extrovert is that an introvert is often unconsciously deemed guilty until proven innocent.” ― Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

  • “I know we're not saints or virgins or lunatics; we know all the lust and lavatory jokes, and most of the dirty people; we can catch buses and count our change and cross the roads and talk real sentences. But our innocence goes awfully deep, and our discreditable secret is that we don't know anything at all, and our horrid inner secret is that we don't care that we don't.” ― Dylan Thomas

  • “It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished. But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, 'whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection,' and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end of security whatsoever.” ― John Adams, The Portable John Adams

Childhood Innocence Quotes

Childhood Innocence Quotes
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The creature that closes to innocence is the children who enjoy their childhood. Here are some innocence quotes that remind you of your childhood.

  • "Most men die many times in their lives. The man we become invariably slaughters the child we once were. His knowledge of the world murders the babe's innocence." - Sherrilyn Kenyon

  • "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

  • "In the hearts of children, there's so much trust and love. If only we could all cling throughout our lives to the wonder and innocence that are always present in a child. Our." - Linda Thompson

  • "It is no use trying to assume again the state of innocence and acceptance of the animal or the child. This time it has to be conscious. To circle about in such gladness as his, is the effort of a whole lifetime." - Jeanette Winterson

  • "Like the Bible says. A child should be leader of them all, and to be led by that kind of innocence. Didn't Jesus say bring on the children? Be like the children. Not childish, but child-like. That kind of innocence." - Michael Jackson

  • "I would love to be fooled. The innocence of child for the first time, seeing something and being in wonder is something that I long for because I'm tainted." - Criss Angel

  • "Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild with a faery, hand in hand, for the world's more full of weeping than you can understand." - W.B.Yeats

  • "Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age. The child is grown, and puts away childish things. Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies." - Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • "It was too late. Maybe yesterday, while I was still a child, but not now. I knew too much, had seen too much, I was a child no longer now; innocence and childhood were forever lost, forever gone from me." - William Faulkner

  • "Her wit was more than man, her innocence a child." - John Dryden

  • "The child's naive dream of life is the only one worth having." - Marty Rubin

  • "I look upon the gift of my life as a wondrous journey." - Maureen Brady

  • "He was filled with horror at the thought of what a child becomes, and what the dead must feel watching the change from innocence to guilt and powerless to stop it." - Graham Greene

  • "The Grizzly Bear is huge and wild; He has devoured the infant child. The infant child is not aware It has been eaten by a bear." - A.E. Housman

  • "In Baltimore, kids grow up very quickly. You're placed in a lot of situations that a child shouldn't be in and a lot of Baltimore kids lose innocence very soon." - Sheldon Candis

  • "To injure, ignore, disrespect, and violate the innocence of a child are among the greatest evils known to man." - Billy Graham

  • "Making strides in areas unencumbered by hard-won expectation feels effervescent. By switching into child-mode, shuffling the cortex, we remember our innocence, when we knew less. These are the essentials of continued aesthetic discovery." - Sara Genn

  • "I was sophisticated enough to know that the written word is no mirror of the writer's character, that the amateur, though a selfless angel, may show himself a pompous ass, while the professional, a monster of ego, can convince you in a phrase that he has the innocence of a child." I - Louis Auchincloss

  • "The human body represents to me the same universal innocence, timelessness and purity of all seed pods, suggesting the mother as well as the child, the parental as well as the descendant, conceived according to nature's longings." - Ruth Bernhard

  • "Don't be so timid! When you were a child, didn't you speak out the truth that the oldest ones kept secret? Well, you were right then. You must find the time of innocence in yourself again because that was also the time of courage." - Amin Maalouf

Loss of Innocence Quotes

Loss of Innocence Quotes
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Check some of the loss of innocence quotes below to make you realize how the real world looks like.

  • “Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age. The child is grown, and puts away childish things. Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.” ― Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • “He stood at the window of the empty cafe and watched the activites in the square and he said that it was good that God kept the truths of life from the young as they were starting out or else they'd have no heart to start at all.” ― Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses

  • “Childhood, after all, is the first precious coin that poverty steals from a child.” ― Anthony Horowitz, The House of Silk

  • “Perhaps he simply assumed: a bitterness of habit, of boy after boy trained for music and medicine, and unleashed for murder.” ― Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

  • “Childhood Is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies.” ― Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • “I'm lying in my room listening to the birds outside. I used to think they sang because they were happy. But then I learned on a nature show they're really showing off. Trying to lure in some other bird so they can mate with it. Or let the other birds know not to get too close to their turf. I wish I never watched that show, because now all I think about is what those pretty sounds mean. And how they're not pretty at all.” ― Jo Knowles, Jumping Off Swings

  • “Loss is like a wind, it either carries you to a new destination or it traps you in an ocean of stagnation. You must quickly learn how to navigate the sail, for stagnation is death.” ― Val Uchendu

  • “The mindset of loss of a loved one is to understand that the loss will never be undone. You must live with it, like it or not. But, to live well, you must turn that loss into something positive. That way, you can become the best version of yourself; scarred, flawed and unstoppable.” ― Val Uchendu

  • “I no longer believe that people are born without virtue. It gets beaten out. Misfortune threshes our souls as a flail threshes wheat, and the lightest parts of ourselves are scattered to the wind.” ― Danielle Teller, All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother

  • “I felt my throat tighten and constrict. My heart ached with a pain I could not describe. I wondered if I were dying. I felt not sadness. I felt pity. For myself. For us all. We were children no longer. And we never would be again.” ― K. A. Applegate

  • “He noticed, without understanding, how the flames were visible now against the dull light. Evening was come, not with calm beauty but with the threat of violence.” ― William Golding, Lord of the Flies

  • “And when the clouds do clear away get a momentary chance to see the thing I've been trying to beat to death the soft creature that I used to be the better animal I used to be.” ― John Darnielle

  • “But then I tell myself that it wasn't as if justice was going to be served no matter what I did. Justice didn't stand a chance. And I hate that. I hate that I stopped believing in things I didn't even know were matters of belief, like justice and fairness. Or honesty. Or the promises people make to each other. Of all the things Cal took from me, that's when I think I miss the most: the apparently naïve belief that you kept your promises. You know what the prosecutor told me? ;Everyone cheats,' as if that was supposed to make it all right.” ― Sue Halpern, Summer Hours at the Robbers Library

  • “And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of mans heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.” ― William Golding, Lord of the Flies

  • “Three men and they all took something from me: my affection, my promise, and my innocence. What has love given me...? Nothing. Nothing but pain.” ― Jenny Knipfer, Harvest Moon

  • “When you have nothing left, you don’t have anything to lose.” ― Tessa Clare, The Divinity Bureau

  • “Though his heart denied it with every fiber of its being, his mind knew that home was no longer an option. And he didn't cry. He didn't fret. He lay there on the earth, realizing and accepting and hardening. That was the night that James Hook began to grow up.” ― Brianna R. Shrum

  • “Grisha, a fat, solemn little person of seven, was standing by the kitchen door listening and peeping through the keyhole.” ― Anton Pavlovich Chejov

  • “He wanted to care, and he could not care. For he had gone away and he could never come back any more. The gates were closed, the sun was down, and there was no beauty left but the gray beauty of steel that withstands all time. Even the grief he could have borne was left behind in the country of youth, of illusions, of the richness of life, where his winter dreams had flourished.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • “I betrayed my body sleeping with you. I gave up my integrity, giving you pieces of me you did not deserve.” ― Noah Sammak

  • “. . . for it was a new thing to see Meg blushing and talking about admiration, lovers, and things of that sort, and Jo felt as if during that fortnight her sister had grown up amazingly, and was drifting away from her into a world where she could not follow.” ― Lousia May Alcott, Little Woman

  • “Most of the songs were based round the theme of lost innocence and as that's precisely what we were experiencing at the time, we tended to look inwards rather than outwards.” ― Nicky Wire, A Version of Reason: In Search of Richey Edwards

  • “All humankind is born of the same inner goodness and fundamental ruthlessness as all the other creatures of nature. Man can never totally divorce himself from the beast that comprises part of his essential nature. It is not that our inner natures are entirely self-centered or completely filled with goodness. We can choose to make moral or immoral choices.” ― Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

  • “It's the map of my childhood, my sadness, my Eden, my hell and home.” ― Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen

Those are all of the innocence quotes provided by Tripboba. All these quotes are here to help you understand more about the sides of innocence that you might have forgotten.

Or, they are the gate to the real world for you, who live as an innocent man this whole time.

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