HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

September 10, 2007
Wisdom from Polonius


Elizabeth Bowen

... 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.


François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld

Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.


José Bergamín

Ignorance is learned; innocence is forgotten.


Marianne Moore

What is our innocence,
what is our guilt? All are
naked, none is safe.


Irving Howe

The knowledge that makes us cherish innocence makes innocence unattainable.


Wallace Stevens

There may be always a time of innocence.
There is never a place.


Albert Camus

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


Jean Baudrillard

There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.


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