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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 (1924-1987) African-American writer.

I am to be broken. I am to be derided all my life. I am to be cast up and down among these men and women, with their twitching faces, with their lying tongues, like a cork on a rough sea. Like a ribbon of weed I am flung far every time the door opens.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British novelist and essayist.

There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.

Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) French sociologist, and philosopher.

Every harlot was a virgin once.

William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.

The innocent is the person who explains nothing.

Albert Camus (1913-1960) French novelist, essayist and dramatist.


The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything; it is he that gets the most out of life.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet.

Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.

Anatole France (1844-1924) French writer.

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

Anatole France (1844-1924) French writer.

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 (1904-1991) English writer.

All things truly wicked start from an innocence.

Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer.