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- My Mother: Demonology...
I want to get out of here means I want to be innocent. (Kathy Acker)

- The Emperor's New Clothes...
'Good heavens! listen to the voice of an innocent child,' said the father, and one whispered to the other what the child had said. (Hans Christian Andersen)

I want to make paintings that look as if they were made by a child. (Jean-Michel Basquiat)

Our purity lies in our originality. Our intuition lies in our innocence. (Yogi Bhajan)

Innocence dwells in Wisdom, but never with Ignorance. (William Blake)

I have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk. (Robert Bloch)

No, it is not only our fate but our business to lose innocence, and once we have lost that, it is futile to attempt a picnic in Eden. (Elizabeth Bowen)

One day you're innocent, then circumstances find you in an unlikely situation and you wonder how you could have been so stupid. (Benson Bruno)

Alas! innocence is but a poor substitute for experience. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

Justice, while she winks at crimes, / Stumbles on innocence sometimes. (Samuel Butler, poet)

Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being. (Albert Camus)

Each man insists on being innocent, even if it means accusing the whole human race, and heaven. (Albert Camus)

Under this fine rain I breathe in the innocence of the world. I feel coloured by the nuances of infinity. At this moment I am one with my picture. We are an iridescent chaos... (Paul Cezanne)

Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence. (Mason Cooley)

At that time, I was still in an experimental stage, trying to blend Western drawing techniques and Chinese brushwork together. It was harder for me back then... But that piece is special and important, because it represents vigilance and innocence; the kind of precious innocence only present at the beginning of a new artistic exploration. (Liu Dan)

Enlightenment takes place when one lets his innocence emerge and sees nature and life with a childlike awe and respect. (Charles Duback)

The innocence of childhood is like the innocence of a lot of animals. (Clint Eastwood)

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. (Albert Einstein)

The unconscious mind is decidedly simple, unaffected, straightforward and honest. It hasn't got all of this facade, this veneer of what we call adult culture. It's rather simple, rather childish... It is direct and free. (Milton H. Erickson)

If you see with innocent eyes, everything is divine. (Federico Fellini)

No matter what happens, keep your childhood innocence. It's the most important thing. (Federico Fellini)

Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue. (Anatole France)

-on the Mackenzie River, 2000...
Others have told me you can feel it in your brush, and I do now. A family of mergansers swims close by - the young are almost ready to fly south. Perhaps you have felt it too - it has something to do with purity. (Robert Genn)

Making strides in areas unencumbered by hard-won expectation feels effervescent. By switching into child-mode, shuffling the cortex, we remember our innocence, when we knew less. These are the essentials of continued aesthetic discovery. (Sara Genn)

The innocent one is he who does not explain, for whom life is both a mystery and a total light, one who does not complain... For innocence admits of neither regret nor dispute. The innocent one assumes all responsibility. (Jean Giraudoux)

- How to Read an Unwritten Language...
If something in her childhood had led her to dash off so many shades of bad weather, then what would we do when we grew up? (Philip Graham)

Where once my careless childhood strayed, / A stranger yet to pain. (Thomas Gray)

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in. (Henry Graham Greene)

In the inner place where true artists create there exists a pure child. (Lawren Harris)

All things truly wicked start from innocence. (Ernest Hemingway)

The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children. (Jim Henson)

Innocence is always unsuspicious. (Joseph Joubert)

Keep the childlike vision and remain true to your ideas. (Wolf Kahn)

- The Dharma Bums...
To the children and the innocent it's all the same. (Jack Kerouac)

The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool. (Stephen King)

I think that all of us either lose touch with the child inside us or try and hold onto it because it so precious to us and it's such an extraordinary part of our lives. (Ben Kingsley)

Every artist returns to things - the drawings that you make as a child or as an adolescent and the ideas that you have as a young beginning artist - no doubt they crop up again and again. (Elaine de Kooning)

Without freedom from the past, there is no freedom at all, because the mind is never new, fresh, innocent. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

The word 'innocence' means a mind that is incapable of being hurt. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

I'm sorry if I caused any trouble. I didn't think I was doing anything wrong. (Mark A. Landis)

No one loses their innocence. It is either taken or given away willingly. (Tiffany Madison)

Most of the time my approach in painting is an innocence of application, although my sub-con is swirling with laws of design which show up unaware to discipline. (Billie F. Mathis)

The artist has to look at life as he did when he was a child. If he loses that faculty, he cannot express himself in an original, that is, a personal way. (Henri Matisse)

You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover. (Henri Matisse)

It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't. (Mignon McLaughlin)

Great is the man who has not lost his childlike heart. (Mencius)

Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action? (Arthur Miller)

Creation is always kind of innocent and refreshing... always virginal to me... and it's always a surprise. (Louise Nevelson)

There is an innocence in admiration; it is found in those to whom it has never yet occurred that they, too, might be admired some day. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

I am a former child, and I haven't forgotten a thing. (Ursula Nordstrom)

As a child, what captivated me was reading the poems myself and realizing that there was a world without material substance which was nevertheless as alive as any other. (Mary Oliver)

Now my innocence begins to weigh me down. (Francois Rabelais)

I arrange my subject as I want it, then I go ahead and paint it, like a child. (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

One of the most difficult tests for the creator: he must always remain unconscious, unaware of his best virtues, if he doesn't want to rob them of their candor and innocence. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt. (Francois de La Rochefoucauld)

Return to the purity of your innocence where you are enchanted with life. Give love for no reason. Surround yourself with others doing the same... (Don Miguel Ruiz)

Artists are people who are subject to irrational convictions of the sacred. Baudelaire said that an artist is a child who has acquired adult capacities and discipline. Art education should help build those capacities and that discipline without messing over the child. (Peter Schjeldahl)

Prudishness is pretense of innocence without innocence. Women have to remain prudish as long as men are sentimental, dense, and evil enough to demand of them eternal innocence and lack of education. For innocence is the only thing which can ennoble lack of education. (Friedrich Von Schlegel)

All great art originates from the innocent child within us expressing itself through the wisdom, experience and skill of an adult. (Richard Schmid)

Something of the child's pure delight in creation survives in every true work of art. (Roger Scruton)

If there is a child within all of us, it is this child that shapes my artwork even today. (Tom Shropshire)

There's innocence contained in you but there's also innocence in the process of being lost. (Bruce Springsteen)

Innocence in genius, and candor in power, are both noble qualities. (Madame de Stael)

A little amateur painting in water-colours shows the innocent and quiet mind. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

I want you to know that I am innocent - and that I will fight to clear my name. (Martha Stewart)

Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors. (Henry David Thoreau)

See the world through the eyes of a child, as the masters see it from the child within. (Robert R. Toth)

It's a sort of infantile thing, painting. (Cy Twombly)

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

The young, in their innocence, are often wise and capable of teaching the old. (Christopher Vogler)

-from a Rodgers & Hart song, Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered from Pal Joey...
I'm wild again, beguiled again, a wimpering, simpering child I am. (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)

An artist should be like a conscious child. (Don Weisflog)

Art saved me; it got me through my depression and self-loathing, back to a place of innocence. (Jeanette Winterson)

The child is father of the man: And I could wish my days to be / Bound each to each by natural piety. (William Wordsworth)

The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time. (William Butler Yeats)

Searching deeper into the inner person, we will find the pure child who can get along almost with everyone, play, run, laugh and enjoy the full happiness in his world. The child in us can find this real and comforting companionship. (Mona Youssef)