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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

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

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

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.
      - William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

E'en drunken Andrew felt the blow
  That innocence can give,
    When its resistless accents flow
      To bid affection live.
      - Robert Bloomfield, The Drunken Father
         (st. 18)

When lightning strikes, the mouse is sometimes burned with the farm.
      - Phyllis Bottome (a/k/a Phyllis Forbes-Dennis)

Alas! innocence is but a poor substitute for experience.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Oh, keep me innocent; make others great!
  [Fr., O mon Dieu, conserve-moi innocente, donne la grandeur aux autres.]
      - Caroline Matilda,
        written on her prison window with her diamond ring

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 innocent seldom find an uneasy pillow.
      - William Cowper

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

O innocence, how glorious and happy a portion art thou to the breast that possesses thee! thou fearest neither the eyes nor the tongues of men. Truth, the most powerful of all things, is thy strongest friend; and the brighter the light is in which thou art displayed, the more it discovers thy transcendent beauties.
      - Henry Fielding

Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
      - Jacques Anatole I. France (Jacques Anatole Thibault)

As innocent as a new-laid egg.
      - Sir William Schwenk Gilbert, Engaged
         (act I)

Innocence is ignorance.
      - Madame Delphine Gay de Girardin

Coerced innocence is like an imprisoned lark,--open the door, and it is off forever. The bird that roams through the sky and the groves unrestrained knows how to dodge the hawk and protect itself; but the caged one, the moment it leaves its bars and bolts behind, is pounced upon by the fowler or the vulture.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

Innocence is always unsuspicious.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

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

True, conscious honor, is to feel no sin;
  He's arm'd without that's innocent within.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

To dread no eye and to suspect no tongue is the great prerogative of innocence--an exemption granted only to invariable virtue.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

An age that melts with unperceiv'd decay,
  And glides in modest innocence away.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Vanity of Human Wishes (l. 293)

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

We become innocent when we are unfortunate.
  [Fr., On devient innocent quand on est malheureux.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, Nymphes de Vaux

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

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

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