Naivete Quotes

Quotes tagged as "naivete" (showing 1-30 of 40)
Arthur Schopenhauer
“One should use common words to say uncommon things”
Arthur Schopenhauer

Jon Krakauer
“It is easy, when you are young, to believe that what you desire is no less than what you deserve, to assume that if you want something badly enough, it is your God-given right to have it.”
Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

Audre Lorde
“I cried to think of how lucky we both were to have found each other, since it was clear that we were the only ones in the world who could understand what we understood in the instantaneous manner in which we understood it.”
Audre Lorde, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

Nick Harkaway
“People don't want children to know what they need to know. They want their kids to know what they ought to need to know. If you're a teacher you're in a constant battle with mildly deluded adults who think the world will get better if you imagine it is better. You want to teach about sex? Fine, but only when they're old enough to do it. You want to talk politics? Sure, but nothing modern. Religion? So long as you don't actually think about it. Otherwise some furious mob will come to your house and burn you for a witch.”
Nick Harkaway, The Gone-Away World

Chuck Klosterman
“The deeper reality is that I’m not sure if what I do is real. I usually believe that I’m certain about how I feel, but that seems naive. How do we know how we feel?…There is almost certainly a constructed schism between (a) how I feel, and (b) how I think I feel. There’s probably a third level, too—how I want to think I feel.”
Chuck Klosterman, Eating the Dinosaur

Lisi Harrison
“The articles were extremely eye-opening. Not just in Teen Vogue but in Seventeen and CosmoGirl as well. They were all about being yourself, staying natural, loving your body as is, and going green! The messages were the exact opposite of Vik and Viv's.
Hmmmmm.
Frankie turned to face the full-length mirror that was up against the yellow wardrobe. She opened her robe and examined her body. Fit, muscular, and exquisitely proportioned, she agreed with the magazines. So what if her skin was mint? Or her limbs were attached with seams? According to the magazines, which were - no offense! - way more in touch with the times than her parents were, she was suppose to love her body just the way it was. And she did! Therefor if the normies read magazines (which obviously they did, because they were in them), then they would love her, too. Natural was in.
Besides she was Daddy's perfect little girl. And who didn't love perfect?”
Lisi Harrison, Monster High

William Shakespeare
“You speak like a green girl / unsifted in such perilous circumstances.”
William Shakespeare

Christopher Hitchens
“Kissinger projects a strong impression of a man at home in the world and on top of his brief. But there are a number of occasions when it suits him to pose as a sort of Candide: naive, and ill-prepared for and easily unhorsed by events. No doubt this pose costs him something in point of self-esteem. It is a pose, furthermore, which he often adopts at precisely the time when the record shows him to be knowledgeable, and when knowledge or foreknowledge would also confront him with charges of responsibility or complicity.”
Christopher Hitchens, The Trial of Henry Kissinger

Sreesha Divakaran
“I pour blood on my naiveté, your apathy, and your betrayal tonight.”
Sreesha Divakaran, Those Imperfect Strokes

Charles M. Schulz
“All right, so you believe in Santa Claus, and I'll believe in the 'Great Pumpkin.' The way I see it, it doesn't matter what you believe just so you're sincere! (Linus)”
Charles M. Schulz

Jessie Burton
“She had never had a friend like this, in her private room, combing her hair, listening to her, talking about silly nonsense and the uselessness of one's parents; how the future was perfect, because they hadn't lived it yet.”
Jessie Burton, The Muse

William Golding
“... People were never quite what you thought they were.”
William Golding, Lord of the Flies

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Most often, what I don’t know will have a vastly greater bearing on my life that what I do know.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Hannah Arendt
“For goodness that is beyond virtue, and
hence beyond temptation, ignorant of the argumentative reasoning by which man fends off temptations and, by this very process, comes to know the ways, of wickedness, is also incapable of
learning the arts of persuading and arguing.”
Hannah Arendt, On Revolution

N.K. Jemisin
“It would be cruel to break that hope before it fades on its own.”
N.K. Jemisin, The Fifth Season

Louisa May Alcott
“How little it takes to make a young girl happy! A pretty dress, sunshine, and somebody opposite, and they are blest.”
Louisa May Alcott, Kitty's Class Day and Other Stories

Richie Norton
“Ignorance paired with arrogance (naïveté) is logical, but arrogance paired with awareness (ego) is toxic.”
Richie Norton

Geoffrey Chaucer
“we know little of the things for which we pray”
Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales

Stephanie Danler
“All right, Tess. You want it all? You don't care about consequences? Then it is too late. I could tell you to leave him alone. That he's complicated, not in a sexy way, but in a damaged way. I could tell you damage isn't sexy, it's scary. You're still young enough to think every experience will improve you in some long-term way, but it isn't true. How do you suppose damage gets passed on?”
Stephanie Danler, Sweetbitter

Patton Oswalt
“Does anyone act more like an overserious senior citizen with time running out on their chance for immortality than someone in their twenties?”
Patton Oswalt

“When I was young, I thought classical music was only the background noise for cartoons.”
Ben Carson, One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future

Joyce Rachelle
“You're only naive once. Use it well.”
Joyce Rachelle

Daphne du Maurier
“I know that age, it's a particularly obstinate one, and a thousand bogies won't make you fear the future. A pity we can't change over.”
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

Rakesh Satyal
“Nothing envisioned a future more inaccurately than naivete.”
Rakesh Satyal, No One Can Pronounce My Name

Hal Clement
“[H]e was still young enough to think that there was something fundamentally inhuman about thinking more than one step ahead at a time.”
Hal Clement, Star Light

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“A lot of the situations that we put ourselves in are similar to a cat in a yard full of dogs. We rarely ask ourselves how we got here, (which doesn’t help with the question of how we get out of here), all of which rarely keeps us from finding ourselves in the next yard asking the same questions.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Being passionate, naive, following one's whims, doing foolish things-that's what makes life worth living.”
marty rubin

Mark  Ferguson
“Nemed was a smart kid, but like almost all kids he operated under the delusion that adults were genuinely as knowledgeable and certain as they pretended to be in front of kids.”
Mark Ferguson, Terra Incognita

“So them who can't learn from a tale about critters, just ain't got the ears tuned to listen."
-Uncle Remus in Disney's Song of the South”
jim korkis, Who's Afraid of the Song of the South? and Other Forbidden Disney Stories

Judith McNaught
“How are babies made?" Visibly startled, Jordan turned and opened his mouth, as if he intended to speak, but for some reason no words came out. At first Alexandra was puzzled by his involuntary silence, but then understanding dawned. She shook her head and sighed with sympathy for their mutual plight. " You don't know either, do you?”
Judith McNaught, Something Wonderful

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