innocence

A Quote by Birgitta of Sweden on blessings, body, christ, death, desires, eternity, glory, hope, innocence, jesus, life, love, men, mercy, paradise, passion, proof, and soul

Blessed are you, my Lord Jesus Christ. Fearing your passion and death, you poured forth blood from your innocent body like sweat, and still you accomplished your redemption as you desired and gave us the clearest proof of your love for all men. Eternal blessing be yours, my Lord Jesus Christ, because in your last agony you held out to sinners the hope of pardon, when in your mercy you promised the glory of paradise to the penitent thief. Blessed may you be, my Lord Jesus Christ. You redeemed our souls with your precious blood and most holy death, and in your mercy you led them from exile back to eternal life.

Birgitta of Sweden (1303 - 1373)

Source: Revelations, which are largely meditations on the Passion of Our Lord.

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on approval, guilt, innocence, maxims, and suffering

That it is better 100 guilty persons should escape than that one innocent person should suffer, is a maxim that has been long and generally approved.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Barbara Tuchman on america, bachelors, destruction, freedom, illusions, independence, innocence, power, surprises, and world

In April 1917 the illusion of isolation was destroyed, America came to the end of innocence, and of the exuberant freedom of bachelor independence. That the responsibilities of world power have not made us happier is no surprise. To help ourselves manage them, we have replaced the illusion of isolation with a new illusion of omnipotence.

Barbara Tuchman (1912 - 1989)

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on age, citizenship, crime, government, guilt, impossibility, innocence, justice, kindness, laws, men, nations, observation, power, and understanding

Did you really think that we wanted those laws to be observed? . . . We want them broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against - then you'll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We're after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you'd better get wise to it. There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted - and you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 406)

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A Quote by Anita Brookner on innocence and writing

Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence-a lot passes you by-simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.

Anita Brookner (1938 -)

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A Quote by Angela Carter on aggression, clothes, hope, information, innocence, and seduction

Iconic clothing has been secularized. . . . A guardsman in a dress uniform is ostensibly an icon of aggression; his coat is red as the blood he hopes to shed. Seen on a coat-hanger, with no man inside it, the uniform loses all its blustering significance and, to the innocent eye seduced by decorative colour and tactile braid, it is as abstract in symbolic information as a parasol to an Eskimo. It becomes simply magnificent.

Angela Carter (1940 - 1992)

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on entertainment, innocence, military, and popularity

RIOT, n. A popular entertainment given to the military by innocent bystanders.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on familiarity, innocence, nature, and punishment

PLAGUE, n. In ancient times a general punishment of the innocent for admonition of their ruler, as in the familiar instance of Pharaoh the Immune. The plague today . . . is merely Nature's fortuitous manifestation of her purposeless objectionableness.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Albert Camus on innocence, nostalgia, and rebellion

Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence.

Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)

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A Quote by Abigail Smith Adams on history, innocence, men, and power

History is not a web woven with innocent hands. Among all the causes which degrade and demoralize men, power is the most constant and most active.

Abigail Adams (1744 - 1818)

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