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To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes


To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those books you can’t escape from. Beautifully written, carefully thought, this book is a woman sharing her thoughts in the most sincere way possible. Published in 1960, it was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and in the process became an American classic.

The novel is dealing with the very serious issues of rape and racial inequality. It does so through a cloak of emotional warmth and humor, creating a comicotragic atmosphere very hard to ignore. The father of the narrator, Atticus Finch, is considered a raw model of integrity for lawyers, a kind of a moral hero. Dealing with race in America of the early 20th century, Atticus is one of the most enduring fictional images of justice in the constant struggle for equality.

This is a book written by an exceptional writer, Harper Lee, who did not consider herself a writer at all; actually, this was the only book she has ever published – until now.

It seems that Harper Lee had a hidden treasure buried somewhere beneath a place called by the press as a “secure location”. I am kidding you not. It is a manuscript of a finished novel called Go Set a Watchman. It is actually a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird and it follows an adult Scout returning to Alabama and reuniting with an elderly Atticus Finch. It is written by Harper Lee herself and it stayed in that “Secure location” for 55 years. The novel is to be published under the wished of the author, now 88 years old.

In celebration, I decided to gather 10 of the most profound To Kill a Mockingbird quotes:

1. Empathy

“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.”

Harper Lee quotes

“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.”

2. Reading

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

Harper Lee reading quote

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

3, Egoism

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”

To Kill a Mockingbird quotes

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”

4. Conscience

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

Conscience - Harper Lee

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

5. Equality

“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”

Equality - Harper Lee

“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”

6. Perspective

“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)…”

Perspective - Harper Lee

“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)…”

7. Kindness

Kindness - Harper Lee

“Most people are [nice] when you finally see them.”

8. Modesty

“People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.”

To Kill a Mockingbird

“People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.”

9. Life

“There are just some kind of men…who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one.”

Harper Lee - to Kill a Mockingbird

“There are just some kind of men…who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one.”

10. Morning

“Things are always better in the morning.”

Morning - Harper Lee

“Things are always better in the morning.”



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