Here’s what Goodreads has to say about the book:
“The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.”
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In today’s post, we will be sharing with you some of the most profound quotes from, To Kill A Mocking Bird.
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To Kill A Mocking Bird By Harper Lee
- Climb inside one’s skin to understand them truly
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
- You only love something when you realize you might lose it
“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
- Real courage
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
– Atticus Finch”
- So intent is king
“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”
- A person’s conscience is precious
“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
- Here’s how you get the facts
“Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I’d have the facts.”
- Before you live with anyone else, you got to live with yourself
“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
- Worrying about the next world, not living in this one
“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)… There are just some kind of men who – who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.”
- It is a sin to kill a mockingbird
“Atticus said to Jem one day, “I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. “Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
- Never take pride in your abilities
“People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.”
- Whenever you do that to someone, you are trash
“As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it—whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash”
- My father was the bravest man who ever lived
“It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.”
- Without him, life was unbearable
“With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.”
- You begin no matter what
“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
- Fight with your head, and not your fist
“You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t you let ’em get your goat. Try fightin’ with your head for a change.
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- It does not hurt you
“It’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.”
- Children spot evasions faster than adults
“When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness sake. But don’t make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion faster than adults, and evasion simply muddles ’em.”
- It’s because he wants to stay inside
“If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I think I’m beginning to understand something. I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time. It’s because he wants to stay inside.”
- Trusting someone is paying them the highest tribute
“We’re paying the highest tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It’s that simple.”
- That’s life
“I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year. Scout”
- We had given him nothing
“Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad.”
- A new day, a new dawn
“Things are always better in the morning.”
- You cannot choose your family
“You can choose your friends but you sho’ can’t choose your family, an’ they’re still kin to you no matter whether you acknowledge ’em or not, and it makes you look right silly when you don’t.”
- Hahaha! This line!
“Pass the damn ham, please.”
- Not yet
“It’s not time to worry yet”
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