Top 19 Naivete Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Naivete Quotes from famous people such as Robert J. Sawyer, Sheryl Lee, Stephanie Savage, Ian Williams, Brian Tyree Henry, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

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I’m often characterized as an optimistic writer, and certainly my ‘Neanderthal Parallax’ and ‘WWW’ trilogies shade toward the utopian. I like to think that’s not simple naivete, but rather a reasonable approach.
Robert J. Sawyer
In some ways, my naivete saved me.
Sheryl Lee
Teens have a sensational narcissism and genuinely believe that their experiences are unique and can’t be explained to adults. But we forgive them for their mistakes and naivete.
Stephanie Savage
I think there’s a lot of naivete and hubris within our mix of personalities. That’s probably our worst crime. I keep wondering what a ‘mature’ record means.
Ian Williams
People like to use the word ‘naivete’ as a negative, but not for me.
Brian Tyree Henry
I was at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where I thought, in my naivete, I’d stay for the rest of my career. I’d thought I’d work up through the ranks and go from spear carrier – or in my case, the eunuch, which was several rungs below the spear carrier – to King Lear.
Christian McKay
I don’t know if it’s naivete or just narcissism, but I start out with this notion that I can do anything. It’s not until I get into it that I realize what I’ve thrown myself into, and then I will do anything not to humiliate myself. And that, I think, is the secret to my success.
Michelle Pfeiffer
I’m guilty of extraordinary naivete, I suppose. But it’s a naivete that I really don’t want to abandon, not even now.
Jock Sturges
You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover.
Henri Matisse
Truly original thinkers tend not to be entrepreneurs who’ve spent 10 years at Cisco and can be trusted to know what they’re doing. They tend to be 26 years old and highflying. They often have a very childlike mind, with some naivete.
Steve Jurvetson
I really like arcade games and like the ’80s and early ’90s kind of games, just because there’s a real kind of naivete to them, but there’s like a real inventiveness to it as well.
Taika Waititi
I think that the worst form of naivete can be extreme cynicism. If you think that nobody comes to Washington to do any good whatsoever, that is almost as bad as being starry-eyed and thinking that they are all here to advance democracy.
Thomas Mallon
I walked onstage in a play at prep school, and with childish naivete, told myself, ‘Wow, I’m an actor!’
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
My signature scent is naivete.
Willam Belli
If you’re going to exude naivete, you can’t really… walk out there like it’s a Sting show. You can’t be that well put together and then have this kind of innocent bravado.
Frank Black
I gravitated to acting out of a mixture of instinct, naivete and opportunity.
Jeffrey Combs
Puberty is such a confusing time. You are still a child, with all that wonderful naivete and innocence, but your body is changing, and you’re self-conscious and curious about its impact on others all at the same time.
Maimouna Doucoure
Nothing is beautiful, only man: on this piece of naivete rests all aesthetics, it is the first truth of aesthetics. Let us immediately add its second: nothing is ugly but degenerate man – the domain of aesthetic judgment is therewith defined.
Friedrich Nietzsche
At first, you can play into the naivete that people think you have because you don’t dress well. They almost give you the benefit of the doubt. But when success comes, that’s no longer a good angle, so now you’re ‘a political animal.’
Jeff Van Gundy