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To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

  • “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.”
  • “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
  • “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.
  • “People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”
  • “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.”
  • 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”
  • “People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.”
  • 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.”
  • Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
  • “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.
  • 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.”
  • 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
  • Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.”
  • 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.”