People talk vaguely about the innocence of a little child, but they take mighty good care not to let it out of their sight for twenty minutes.
Early in life she had discovered the important truth that nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion; and by a series of reckless escapades, half of them quite harmless, she had acquired all the privileges of a personality.
~ Lord Arthur Saviles Crime
by Oscar Wilde
I don't want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.
~ This Side of Paradise
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Circumstances may accumulate so strongly even against an innocent man, that directed, sharpened, and pointed, they may slay him."
~ The Mystery of Edwin Drood
by Charles Dickens
"The silence often of pure innocence
Persuades when speaking fails."
~ The Winter's Tale
by William Shakespeare
"O Mr. Rokesmith, before you go, if you could but make me poor again! O! Make me poor again, Somebody, I beg and pray, or my heart will break if this goes on! Pa, dear, make me poor again and take me home! I was bad enough there, but I have been so much worse here. Don't give me money, Mr. Boffin, I won't have money. Keep it away from me, and only let me speak to good little Pa, and lay my head upon his shoulder, and tell him all my griefs. Nobody else can understand me, nobody else can comfort me, nobody else knows how unworthy I am, and yet can love me like a little child. I am better with Pa than any one--more innocent, more sorry, more glad!"
~ Our Mutual Friend
by Charles Dickens
You know how easily and suddenly these things happen, beginning in playful teasing and ending in something a little warmer than friendship. You squeeze the slender arm which is passed through yours, you venture to take the little gloved hand, you say good night at absurd length in the shadow of the door. It is innocent and very interesting, love trying his wings in a first little flutter.
~ The Stark Munro Letters
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle