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INNOCENCE
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"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, The Farthest Shore

What can innocence hope for,
  When such as sit her judges are corrupted!
      - Philip Massinger, Maid of Honor
         (act V, sc. 2)

O God, keep me innocent; make others great!
  [Fr., O mon Dieu, conserve-moi innocente, donne la grandeur aux autres.]
      - Caroline Matilda,
        scratched on a window of the Castle Fredericksburg, Denmark

It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't.
      - Mignon McLaughlin

Who knows nothing base, fears nothing known.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)

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

Innocence and mystery never dwell long together.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

How many bitter thoughts does the innocent man avoid! Serenity and cheerfulness are his portion. Hope is continually pouring its balm into his soul. His heart is at rest, whilst others are goaded and tortured by the stings of a wounded conscience, the remonstrances and risings up of principles which they cannot forget; perpetually teased by returning temptations, perpetually lamenting defeated resolutions.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

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

He's armed without that's innocent within.
      - Alexander Pope, Epistles of Horace
         (ep. I, bk. I, l. 93)

But innocence has nothing to dread.
  [Fr., Mais l'innocence enfin n'a rien a redouter.]
      - Jean Baptiste Racine, Phedre (III, 6)

What narrow innocence it is for one to be good only according to the law.
  [Lat., Quam angusta innocentia est, ad legem bonum esse.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), De Ira
         (II, 27)

O, take the sense, sweet, of my innocence
  Love takes the meaning in love's conference.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Lysander at II, ii)

I have marked
  A thousand blushing apparitions
    To start into her face, a thousand innocent shames
      In angel whiteness beat away those blushes,
        And in her eye there hath appeared a fire
          To burn the errors that these princes hold
            Against her maiden truth.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Friar Francis at IV, i)

Hence, bashful cunning,
  And prompt me, plain and holy innocence!
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Miranda at III, i)

We were as twinned lambs that did frisk i' th' sun,
  And bleat the one at th' other. What we changed
    Was innocence for innocence; we knew not
      The doctrine of ill-doing, nor dreamed
        That any did.
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (Polixenes at I, ii)

But thus: if powers divine
  Behold our human actions, as they do,
    I doubt not then but innocence shall make
      False accusation blush and tyranny
        Tremble at patience.
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (Hermione at III, ii)

O, white innocence,
  That thou shouldst wear the mask of guilt to hide
    Thine awful and serenest countenance
      From those who know thee not!
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Cenci
         (act V, sc. 3, l. 24)

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

Let our lives be pure as snow-fields, where our footsteps leave a mark, but not a stain.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

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

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


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