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Innocence in genius, and candor in power, are both noble qualities. ~ Anne Louise Germaine de Staël

Innocence is a term that describes the lack of guilt of an individual, with respect to a crime. It may also be used to indicate a general lack of guilt, with respect to any kind of crime, sin, or wrongdoing.


  • Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.
    • Lyman Abbott, quoted in The Seven Powerful Secrets of Emotional Sex‎ (2005) by A. Vishwanath, p. 144.
  • Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
    • Anatole France, in Les Dieux Ont Soif [The Gods Are Thirsty] (1912), Chapter XV
  • Innocence once lost cannot be regained.
  • I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
  • That's what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong, that decency will somehow triumph in the end.
    • Lise Hand, quoted in The Truth in Words : Inspiring Quotes for the Reflective Mind (2002) by Paras, p. 107.
  • Assuredly we bring not innocence not the world, we bring impurity much rather: that which purifies us is trial, and trial is by what is contrary.
  • Resentment seems to have been given us by nature for a defense, and for a defense only. It is the safeguard of justice and the security of innocence.
  • Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 395-96.
  • To see a world in a grain of sand,
    And a heaven in a wild flower:
    Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
    And eternity in an hour.
  • E'en drunken Andrew felt the blow
    That innocence can give,
    When its resistless accents flow
    To bid affection live.
  • O mon Dieu, conserve-moi innocente, donne la grandeur aux autres!
    O God, keep me innocent; make others great!
    • Caroline Matilda, scratched on a window of the Castle Fredericksburg, Denmark.
  • An age that melts with unperceiv'd decay,
    And glides in modest innocence away.
  • On devient innocent quand on est malheureux.
    • Translated: We become innocent when we are unfortunate.
    • Jean de La Fontaine, Nymphes de Vaux.
  • What can innocence hope for,
    When such as sit her judges are corrupted!
    • Philip Massinger, The Maid of Honour, (c. 1621; printed 1632), Act V, scene 2.
  • He's armed without that's innocent within.
  • Mais l'innocence enfin n'a rien à redouter.
    • Translated: But innocence has nothing to dread.
    • Jean Racine, Phèdre, III. 6.
  • Quam angusta innocentia est, ad legem bonum esse.
    • Translated: What narrow innocence it is for one to be good only according to the law.
    • Seneca, De Ira, II. 27.
  • We were as twinn'd lambs that did frisk i' the sun,
    And bleat the one at the other; what we chang'd
    Was innocence for innocence; we knew not
    The doctrine of ill-doing, nor dream'd
    That any did.
  • O, white innocence,
    That thou shouldst wear the mask of guilt to hide
    Thine awful and serenest countenance
    From those who know thee not!

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