Naivety Quotes

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Thomas Szasz
“The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.”
Thomas Szasz

Russell Brand
“I am naïve and I have fucked up but I tell you something else. I believe in change. I don't mind getting my hands dirty because my hands are dirty already. I don't mind giving my life to this because I'm only alive because of the compassion and love of others.”
Russell Brand

Jeff Lindsay
“Hope is for people who can't see the Truth.”
Jeff Lindsay, Dexter Is Dead

André Gide
“I wished for nothing beyond her smile, and to walk with her thus, hand in hand, along a sun warmed, flower bordered path.”
Andre Gide

Anthony Doerr
“A girl got kicked out of the swimming hole today. Inge Hachmann. They said they wouldn’t let us swim with a half-breed. Unsanitary. A half-breed, Werner. Aren’t we half-breeds too? Aren’t we half our mother, half our father?”
Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

Crystal Woods
“(On getting married at 19)
We told ourselves we had forever and we never looked back. The problem was that we never really looked ahead.”
Crystal Woods, Write like no one is reading

Crystal Woods
“I guess I just grew up thinking that when we become adults, we get to do what we love. For work, for fun, forever. I don't know where I got that from. Seems silly now.”
Crystal Woods, Write like no one is reading 2

Jane Harper
“His own naivety taunted him like a flicker of madness.”
Jane Harper

William Shakespeare
“For doting, not for loving, pupil mine.”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Joseph Conrad
“My weakness consists in not having a discriminating eye for the incidental --- for the externals, --- no eye for the hod of the rag-picker or the fine linen of the next mean. Next man---that's it. I have met so many men." he pursued, with momentary sadness--- "met them too with a certain, certain impact, let us say; like this fellow, for instance--- and in each case all I could see was merely a human being. A confounded democratic quality of vision which may be better than total blindness, but has been of no advantage to me-- I can assure you. Men expect one to take into account their fine linen. But I never could get up any enthusiasm about these things. Oh! It's a failing; and then comes a soft evening; a lot of men too indolent for whist-- and a story...." [p.44]”
Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim

Frithjof Schuon
“In our day everyone wants to appear intelligent, one would prefer to be accused of crime than of naiveté if the accompanying risks could be avoided. But since intelligence cannot be drawn from the void, subterfuge are resorted to, one of the most prevalent being the mania for "demystification", which allows an air of intelligence to be conveyed at small cost, for all one need do is assert that the normal response to a particular phenomenon is "prejudiced" and that it is high time it was cleared of the "legends" surrounding it; if the ocean could be made out to be a pond or the Himalayas a hill, it would be done. Certain writers find it impossible to be content with taking note of the fact that a particular thing or person has a particular character or destiny, as everyone had done before them; they must always begin by remarking that "it has too often been said", and go on to declare that the reality is something quite different and has at last been discovered, and that up till now all the world has been "living a lie". This strategy is applied above all to things that are evident and universally known, it would doubtless be too naive to acknowledge in so many words that a lion is a carnivore and that he is not quite safe to meet.”
Frithjof Schuon, Light on the Ancient Worlds: A New Translation with Selected Letters

Holly Bourne
“Good memories exist in the naivety of not knowing any better.”
Holly Bourne, The Places I've Cried in Public

John Cleland
“Em resumo, há nos homens, quando eles se deixam guiar pelos olhos, uma tal credulidade da qual sua majestosa sabedoria não suspeita, fazendo que os mais avisados dentre eles sejam frequentemente enganados por nós.”
John Cleland, Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

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

Alice Munro
“There are times when girls are inspired, when they want the risks to go on and on. They want to be heroines, regardless. They want to take a joke beyond where anybody has ever taken it before. To be careless, dauntless, to create havoc--that was the lost hope of girls.”
Alice Munro, Open Secrets: Stories

R.H. Sin
“her angel eyes
saw the good
in many devils”
R.H. Sin, Algedonic

Richelle E. Goodrich
“Naivety doesn’t excuse poor choices, darling. You and I both know life is unforgiving. I can’t rescue every drowning pup that is stupid enough to peer too deeply down a well.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, The Tarishe Curse

“We, poor fools, spent this our last day decorating with festal greenery every temple in our town.”
Virgil, The Aeneid

“My kindness is not naivety. It is a strength not to be messed with.”
The Thoughtful Beast

Cornelia Funke
“Happy was not a word Nerron usually used to describe himself. It was, in his eyes, an emotional state only possible when paired with stupidity.”
Cornelia Funke, Reckless IV: The Silver Tracks

Jennifer Saint
“I was a child and drawn to the frail spark of tenderness in the room.”
Jennifer Saint, Ariadne

Giannis Delimitsos
“When a philosopher happens to read some of his older texts, and most of the time he shakes his head in disapproval, he can be sure that he is on the right path. For this is an infallible sign that his thought has evolved and that he possesses the capacity to learn, to unlearn, to adapt. He is brave enough to acknowledge that he may have been naive, and this, at the same time, is a useful reminder that he might be wrong even with his current views. Thus, he protects himself against arrogance and intransigence.”
Giannis Delimitsos

Criss Jami
“...Just as some men are counted as book smart but not street smart, a man of sound theology is not necessarily a man of sound politics. If he is naive and ill-informed in the current culture, or in the spirit of the times, it is possible that he will enact his right faith for the wrong forces.”
Criss Jami

“There is a fine line between naivety and optimism; out of goodwill, some people tend to cross that line. 
Omar Cherif

Tamara Rendell
I am there swimming with sharks
in a black and white photo of Italy
the sun is free from clouds
and I am smiling”
Tamara Rendell, Mystical Tides

“If someone thinks your naive, there's power in that.”
Robin S. Baker

H.C. Roberts
“...nobody likes a goody-good.”
H.C. Roberts, Harp and the Lyre: Exposed

Dorothy Parker
“And couldn't it be I was young and mad
If ever my heart on my sleeve I wore?
There's many to claw at a heart unclad,
And little the wonder it ripped and tore.”
Dorothy Parker, The Best of Dorothy Parker

“The world was to me a secret which I desired to divine”
Mary Shelly

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