Naive Sayings and Quotes

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

A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.     

Mahatma Gandhi

There are no innocents. There are, however, different degrees of responsibility.     

Stieg Larsson

One of the most predictable things in life is there will be change. You are better off if you can have a say in the change. But you are ignorant or naive if you don't think there will be change, whether you want it to or not.     

Julius Erving

The essential self is innocent, and when it tastes its own innocence knows that it lives for ever.     

John Updike

Too many people get lost in the game of having a good time and being naive about things.     

Steve Brown

An advantage of being naive is being able to believe in oneself when no one else will.     

Sophia Amoruso

Only the most naive of questions are truly serious.     

Milan Kundera

Nothing is to be gained by arguing with fools. Nothing can be gained by reasoning with ignorant people.     


In all our lives, there is a fall from innocence. A time after which, we are never the same.     

Gordie LaChance

Every true genius is bound to be naive.     

Friedrich Schiller

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

Anatole France

It's easy to be a naive idealist. It's easy to be a cynical realist. It's quite another thing to have no illusions and still hold the inner flame.     

Marie-Louise von Franz

There is a naive belief that injustice only had to be pointed out in order to be cured.     

Gloria Steinem

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.     


From naive simplicity we arrive at more profound simplicity.     

Albert Schweitzer

All things truly wicked start from innocence.     

Ernest Hemingway

We are all exceptional cases. We all want to appeal against something! Each of us insists on being innocent at all cost, even if he has to accuse the whole human race and heaven itself.     

Albert Camus

Naive you are if you believe life favours those who aren't naive.     

Piet Hein

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

Graham Greene

No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called games.     

W. H. Auden

Innocence is always unsuspicious.     

Thomas C. Haliburton

One may appear naive or illogical but it's not naivete or being illogical. It arises from one's faith.     

Anita David

People are naive about such things, and they would rather write them off as evil than attempt to understand them. An unfortunate truth, but a truth nonetheless.     

Erin Morgenstern

A naive man is nothing better than a fool. But you women contrive to be naive in such a way that in you it seems sweet, and gentle, and proper, and not as silly as it really is.     

Anton Chekhov