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Marianne Moore

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What is our innocence,
what is our guilt? All are
naked, none is safe.
--
"What Are Years?"

 
Marianne Moore

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It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished.
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Look, I'm standing naked before you;
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Prudishness is pretense of innocence without innocence. Women have to remain prudish as long as men are sentimental, dense, and evil enough to demand of them eternal innocence and lack of education. For innocence is the only thing which can ennoble lack of education.

 
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