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.
  • What can innocence hope for,
    When such as sit her judges are corrupted!
  • 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!


  • A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men.
  • Atheism is aristocratic; the idea of a great Being that watches over oppressed innocence and punishes triumphant crime is altogether popular.
  • Crime butchers innocence to secure a throne, and innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime.
  • He that is conscious of guilt cannot bear the innocence of others: So they will try to reduce all others to their own level.
  • I think innocence is something that adults project upon children that's not really there.
    • Donna Tartt
  • In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
  • Individualism is rather like innocence; there must be something unconscious about it.
  • 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.
  • Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends.
  • It is innocence that is full and experience that is empty. It is innocence that wins and experience that loses.
  • Remorse is virtue's root; its fair increase are fruits of innocence and blessedness.
  • The Architect is just one of a series of works which examine the confrontation of innocence and experience, illustrating the complex ethics of power that exist between reader and writer, critic and artist, the human and the divine.
  • To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.
  • Victims suggest innocence. And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms, suggests guilt.
  • Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action?
  • Where I live, nobody who's fourteen is having sex and doing major drugs. And I think if you see it in the movies, you may be influenced by it. I think it's so important to preserve your innocence.

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