Innocence

October 30, 2013 at 8:12 pm (Quotes) (, , , )

“The Garden of Eden … the tree of knowledge of good and evil…. Before you eat the fruit, you’re innocent, whatever you do is innocent, because you don’t understand. Then you eat it. And you’re never innocent again…. Losing that innocence is the first step on the road to real knowledge…. You can’t get wisdom till you lose that innocence…. No sheep can do evil, because it’s innocent … but no sheep can do good, either. If you don’t know what it is, you can’t do it…. You can’t do good unless you stop being innocent. All the real good in the world is done by people who’ve tasted the fruit of that tree. And found it bitter and painful….”

–Detective Inspector Fletcher
(Philip Pullman, The White Mercedes)

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