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  • You—Aunty, do you know the stuff in that thing makes Dr. Goebbels look like a naive little country boy?
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I realize that some naive sliver of me hoped that he was better than this.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Naive?
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • How could she have been so naive to think he was truly on their side?
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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  • It is our one-year anniversary and I am fat with love, even though people kept telling and telling us the first year was going to be so hard, as if we were naive children marching off to war.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • How naive had I been?
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • He wasn’t naive, though.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Cynical, nave, kind, cruel, soft as down, hard as tungsten steel.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Horace, that is the most stunningly naive and cowardly bit of wishful thinking that I’ve ever heard."
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Morena laughed, a throaty, crazy laugh that said, Oh, you naive and innocent straight girl, you can’t even tell that I am a bulld’agger on the outs, not just up in this joint where one cannot get any dick . and how I will relish turning you out.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • I thought about the dozens of black people I’d met who had complained bitterly about Walter’s prosecution, and I was starting to see Chapman as either naive or willfully indifferent—or worse.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • I was more nave.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • I appreciated her gentle, laconic manner and understanding mien toward my youth and naivety.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Ceylon floats on the Indian Ocean and holds its naive mountains, drawings of cassowary and boar who leap without perspective across imagined ’desertum’ and plain.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • He was too young, too stupid, too optimistic, too naive.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • I was no longer that naive young woman.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • "Don’t go all nave on me."
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • They liked being the sophisticated city kids who could explain how things worked to the naive country boy.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • In my mind, I kept seeing a beautiful, fragile young girl, naively walking up the steps in the rain to a motel room.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Miss Cowper in English, whose first words were "This fall, we will be reading Jane Eyre by Miss Charlotte Bronte, and I am not naive enough to believe that you will all like it."
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • I am not so naive as to believe that this will be the case for all.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • At Carl Hayden, he’d be teaching programming, a subject no one else knew anything about, so he somewhat naively assumed that it would be hard for anybody to boss him around.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • It may sound stupid and naive, but not once when I was heading to the farms did I even consider that the party would be coed.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • "Look, Em," she said, "I’m not naive.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • I was young and surpassingly naive at this juncture and I saw no undue hardship resulting from this arrangement.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Looking back, I couldn’t believe how naive I was, just how many clues I missed.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • He couldn’t quite explain to me what the outfit was that sent him on African tours—or I might have been too naive to understand.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • ’Feldshon, you’re either stupid or naive or both.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Compared with the rest of them, I get off easy: "nave surrealism with a twist of feminist lemon."
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I was surprised, having naively assumed that all the men in the group that had captured me came from Castle Leoch.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I wasn’t so naive to think it would be all that easy for him this time.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • Corinthians was naive, but she was not a complete fool.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • I was fourteen and had never made less than an A. I was smart, but I was as naive as they come.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • From the day he saw with his own eyes what the British had done at Lexington and Concord, Adams failed to understand how anyone could have any misconception or nave hope about what to expect from the British.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Before the genocide, I probably was naive in terms of believing people, trusting people.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • For heaven’s sake, can’t you stop being so naive about it?
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • You know, you’re such a pure and naive young man that I almost feel sorry for you.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • It was a naive and sentimental time, and men spoke in windy phrases.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • Is there anyone here so naive he believes the Harkonnens have quietly packed up and walked away from all this merely because the Emperor ordered it?
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Too many adults are naive or close-minded about what their children are going through.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • You gentlemen here, forgive me, but you are just a bunch of naive dreamers.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Short and curvy, she was also incredibly naive, which was alternately annoying and endearing.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • "That’s the very thing I had been thinking myself!" he naively said.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Perhaps naively, she had imagined that they would be a couple forever.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • He called us naive firebrands, adding that we would mellow with age.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • As for Frank Zhang, he has a good heart, but he’s hopelessly nave and inexperienced.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • "You are shockingly naive, prince," said Lebedeff’s nephew in mocking tones.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • "Then you don’t think I was foolish?" he asked becoming again the naive and sweet-tempered boy for whom Nature intended him.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Young, yes, and politically naive, but even so the American war in Vietnam seemed to me wrong.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Much more naive.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
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