Innocence Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old innocence quotes, innocence sayings, and innocence proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

The knowledge that makes us cherish innocence makes innocence unattainable.     

Irving Howe

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

William Blackstone

Once you start asking questions, innocence is gone.     

Mary Astor

Innocence tinctures all things with brightest hues.     

Edward Counsel

Always the innocent are the first victims. So it has been for ages past, so it is now.     

J. K. Rowling

Innocence eroded into nightmare. All because of very bad touch. Love, corrupted.     

Ellen Hopkins

It takes a very long time to become young.     

Pablo Picasso

Innocence is a kind of insanity.     

Graham Greene

The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool.     

Stephen King

When we take revenge against another, we lose some of our innocence.     

Patrice Redd Vecchione

We each begin in innocence. We all become guilty.     

Leonard F. Peltier

The most sophisticated people I know inside they are all children.     

Jim Henson

We've let the blade of our innocence dull over time, and it's only in innocence that you find any kind of magic, any kind of courage.     

Sean Penn

The presumption of innocence only means you don't go right to jail.     

Ann Coulter

Remaining childish is a tremendous state of innocence.     

John Lydon

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

Nathaniel Parker Willis

There's nothing more contagious than the laughter of young children; it doesn't even have to matter what they're laughing about.     

Criss Jami

I'm interested in how innocence fares when it collides with hard reality.     

Geoffrey S. Fletcher

Innocence is one of the most exciting things in the world.     

Eartha Kitt

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

Graham Greene

Innocence could be considered a discrete state of mind.     

John Shirley

I have always said that innocence is much more powerful than experience.     

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

The sweet converse of an innocent mind.     

John Keats

There is an innocence in admiration: it occurs in one who has not yet realized that they might one day be admired.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm.     

Graham Greene

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

Walt Disney

Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

No man knows the value of innocence and integrity but he who has lost them.     

William Godwin

For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy.     

G.K. Chesterton