Innocence Proverbs

Sayings about Innocence

It is better to save your innocence at the expense of your honor than your country at the expense of your life. ~ Chinese Proverb

If the wife sins, the husband is not innocent. ~ Italian Proverbs

Every one is innocent until he is proved guilty. ~ Traditional Proverb

Innocent actions carry their warrant with them. ~ English Proverbs

The prayer of the innocent has no wings. ~ Berber Proverb

A mind conscious of innocence laughs at the lies of rumor. ~ Latin Proverbs

It is cruelty to the innocent not to punish the guilty. ~ Syrian Proverbs

Each snowflake in an avalanche pleads its innocence. ~ Traditional Proverb

Quotations about Innocence

The presumption of innocence only means you don’t go right to jail. ~ Ann Coulter

Innocence is ignorance. ~ Madame de Girardin

But innocence has nothing to dread. ~ Jean Baptiste Racine

The temperate person’s pleasures are durable because they are regular; and all their life is calm and serene, because it is innocent. ~ Author Unknown

Innocence and mystery never dwell long together. ~ Suzanne Necker

It’s innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn’t. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

Ignorance is learned; innocence is forgotten. ~ José Bergamín

Innocence is a flower which withers when touched, but blooms not again, though watered with tears. ~ Lucy Hooper

Innocence is its own defense. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Innocence is always unsuspicious. ~ Thomas Chandler Haliburton

The innocence of virgins is like milk which turns when exposed to a clap of thunder, to a tart smell, to a hot day, to the merest nothing. ~ Honore de Balzac

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

Let our lives be pure as snow-fields, where our footsteps leave a mark, but not a stain. ~ Madame Soimonoff

We have not the innocence of Eden; but by God’s help and Christ’s example we may have the victory of Gethsemane. ~ Edwin Hubbell Chapin

The worst of us is not without innocence, although buried deeply it might be. ~ Walt Disney

Always the innocent are the first victims…. So it has been for ages past, so it is now. ~ j. k. rowling

Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue. ~ Anatole France

Nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion. ~ Oscar Wilde

People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster. ~ James Baldwin

Innocence alone dares commit certain acts of audacity. Virtue, when tutored, is as calculating as vice. ~ Honore de Balzac

Innocence finds not near so much protection as guilt. ~ Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

If you would live innocently, seek solitude. ~ Publilius Syrus

Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others. ~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

He is armed without who is innocent within; be this thy screen, and this thy wall of brass. ~ Horace

Only the old are innocent. That is what the Victorians understood, and the Christians. Original sin is a property of the young. The old grow beyond corruption very quickly. ~ Malcolm Bradbury

The first of all virtues is innocence; the next is modesty. If we banish modesty out of the world, she carries away with her half the virtue that is in it. ~ Joseph Addison

The innocent seldom find an uneasy pillow. ~ William Cowper

It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer. ~ William Blackstone

The essential self is innocent, and when it tastes its own innocence knows that it lives forever. ~ John Updike

Ignorance is not innocence but sin. ~ Robert Browning

He’s armed without that’s innocent within. ~ Alexander Pope

They that know no evil will suspect none. ~ Ben Jonson

There is a heroic innocence, as well as a heroic courage. ~ Charles de Marguetel de Saint-Denis de Saint-Evremond

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

There is no aphrodisiac like innocence. ~ Jean Baudrillard

When we take revenge against another, we lose some of our innocence. ~ Patrice Redd Vecchione

Innocence is the weakest defense. Innocence has a single voice that can only say over and over again, “I didn’t do it.” Guilt has a thousand voices, all of them lies. ~ Leonard F. Peltier

What narrow innocence it is for one to be good only according to the law. ~ Seneca

Unfortunately the innocent are always involved in any conflict. Always, everywhere, there is some voice crying from a tower. ~ Graham Greene

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

We become innocent when we are unfortunate. ~ Jean de la Fontaine, Nymphes de Vaux

To be innocent is to be not guilty; but to be virtuous is to overcome our evil inclinations. ~ William Penn

To dread no eye and to suspect no tongue is the great prerogative of innocence–an exemption granted only to invariable virtue. ~ Samuel Johnson

“In innocence there is no strength against evil,” said Sparrowhawk, a little wryly. “But there is strength in it for good.” ~ Ursula K. Le Guin

All things truly wicked start from an innocence. ~ Ernest Hemingway

Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends. ~ Bishop Robert South

Alas! innocence is but a poor substitute for experience. ~ Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton

Happy the innocent whose equal thoughts are free from anguish as they are from faults. ~ Edmund Waller

We each begin in innocence. We all become guilty. ~ Leonard F. Peltier

Oh the innocent girl in her maiden teens knows perfectly well what everything means. ~ David Herbert Lawrence

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

The innocent is the person who explains nothing. ~ Albert Camus

Now my innocence begins to weigh me down. ~ Jean Racine

Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes. ~ Daniel Defoe

Oh, keep me innocent; make others great! ~ Caroline Matilda

Children, I grant, should be innocent; but when the epithet is applied to men, or women, it is but a civil term for weakness. ~ Mary Wollstonecraft

What a power there is in innocence! whose very helplessness is its safeguard: in whose presence even passion himself stands abashed, and stands worshipper at the very altar he came to despoil. ~ Thomas Moore

A new life is innocent, like an empty page, ready for the hard lessons ahead. ~ Gennita Low

As innocent as a new-laid egg. ~ Sir William Schwenk Gilbert

Birds do not sing in caves, nor do doves cherish their innocence in dovecots. ~ Henry David Thoreau

One threatens the innocent who spares the guilty. ~ Sir Edward Coke

Justice is the virtue that innocence rejoiceth in. ~ Ben Jonson

Suggested readings : The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk

Innocence Proverbs

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