- The truly innocent are those who not only are guiltless themselves, but who think others are.
-- Josh Billings
- It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.
-- William Blackstone
- When lightning strikes, the mouse is sometimes burned with the farm.
-- Phyllis Bottome
- The innocent are so few that two of them seldom meet--when they do meet, their victims lie strewn all round.
-- Elizabeth Bowen
- The innocent is the person who explains nothing.
-- Albert Camus
- Innocence involves an unseeing acceptance of things at face value, an ignorance of the things below the surface. One cannot have both compassion and innocence.
-- Eugenia Collier
- I am ill at ease with people whose lives are an open book.
-- Ivy Compton-Burnett
- Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
-- Anatole France
- He is armed without who is innocent within, be this thy screen, and this thy wall of brass.
- They that know no evil will suspect none.
-- Ben Jonson
- When a person is found less guilty than he is suspected, he is concluded more innocent than he really is.
-- Charlotte Lennox
- It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't.
-- Mignon McLaughlin
- To vice, innocence must seem always a superior kind of chicanery.
- To be innocent is to be not guilty; but to be virtuous is to overcome our evil inclinations.
-- William Penn
- Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing.
-- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
- Innocence is not pure so much as pleased,
Always expectant, bright-eyed, self-enclosed.
-- May Sarton
- The silence often of pure innocence
Persuades, when speaking fails.
-- William Shakespeare, A Winters Tale
- Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends.
-- Robert South
- To be innocent is to bear the weight of the entire universe. It is to throw away the counterweight.
-- Simone Weil
- The innocence that feels no risk and is taught no caution, is more vulnerable than guilt, and oftener assailed.
-- Nathaniel P. Willis