To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes

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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. – Atticus Finch

There are some men in this world who are born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father’s one of them.

To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes: 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.

They did the best they could with the sense they had.

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

Best way to clear the air is to have it all out in the open

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. — Scout Finch

Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passin

People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for. Judge Taylor

That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.

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

Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I’d have the facts.

Things are never as bad as they seem

Nothin’s wrong with him. Naw, Jem, I think there’s just one kind of folks.

Summer, and he watches his children’s heart break. Autumn again and Boo’s children needed him.

Atticus says 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.” — Jem Finch

Will you take me home? – Boo Radley

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

Are you proud of yourself tonight that you have insulted a total stranger whose circumstances you know nothing about?

Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men’s hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed.

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 quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles ’em. — Atticus Finch

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

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

Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.

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

Your father is 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.

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. — Miss Maudie

Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.

I try to give’em a reason, you see. It helps folks if they can latch onto a reason.

This case is as simple as black and white

Things are always better in the morning.

Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.

Our courts have their faults, as does any human institution, but in this country, our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts, all men are created equal. — Atticus Finch

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.

She seemed glad to see me when I appeared in the kitchen, and by watching her I began to think there was some skill involved in being a girl.

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.

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.

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.” — Miss Maudie

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, he is trash.

Bad language is a stage all children go through, and it dies with time when they learn they’re not attracting attention with it.

One time Atticus said you never really knew a man until you stood in his shoes and walked around in them.” — Scout Finch

They’ve done it before and they’ll do it again and when they do it — seems that only the children weep. Good night.

The back porch was bathed in moonlight, and the shadow, crisp as toast, moved across the porch toward Jem. After this, Dill sees the shadow,too.

Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.” — Atticus Finch

With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.

Famous To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes

Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

The way that man called him ‘boy’ all the time an’ sneered at him, an’ looked around at the jury every time he answered.

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.” — Jem Finch

Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.

I think I’ll be a clown when I get grown,’ said Dill.
Jem and I stopped in our tracks.
Yes sir, a clown,’ he said. ‘There ain’t one thing in this world I can do about folks except laugh, so I’m gonna join the circus and laugh my head off.’
You got it backwards, Dill,’ said Jem. ‘Clowns are sad, it’s folks that laugh at them.’
Well I’m gonna be a new kind of clown. I’m gonna stand in the middle of the ring and laugh at the folks.

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.”
– Ms Maudie

Kill as many bluejays as you want but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” Atticus Finch

You see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that’s the way I want to live.

I felt the starched walls of a pink cotton penitentiary closing in on me, and for the second time in my life, I thought of running away. Immediately.

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.

Winter, and a man walked into the street, dropped his glasses, and shot a dog. Summer, and he watched his children’s heart break.

Ladies in bunches always filled me with vague apprehension and a firm desire to be elsewhere.

The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box.

But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal — there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court. It can be the Supreme Court of the United States or the humblest J.P. court in the land, or this honorable court which you serve.” — Atticus Finch

It’s not time to worry yet.

Atticus, he was real nice…’ His hands were under my chin, pulling up the cover, tucking it around me.

Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop… somehow it was hotter then… bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square.” — Harper Lee

We’re paying the highest tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It’s that simple.

I don’t know how, but they did it. They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again and when the do it –seems only children weep.

May I see your watch? ‘To Atticus, My Beloved Husband.’ Atticus, Jem says this watch is gonna belong to him some day.

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.” — Scout Finch

Cry about the simple hell people give other people- without even thinking. Cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they’re people too

I was to think of these days many times. Of Jem, and Dill, and Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson, and Atticus. He would be in Jem’s room all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.

He turned out the light and went into Jem’s room. He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.” — Scout Finch

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.

There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ’em all away from you. That’s never possible.

There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ’em all away from you. That’s never possible

As a reader I loathe introductions…Introductions inhibit pleasure, they kill the joy of anticipation, they frustrate curiosity.

There’s just some kind of men you have to shoot before you can say hidy to ’em. Even then, they ain’t worth the bullet it takes to shoot ’em.

I go to school with your boy. I go to school with Walter; he’s a nice boy. Tell him ‘hey’ for me, won’t you? You know something, Mr. Cunningham, entailments are bad.

We’re paying the highest tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It’s that simple.

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a persons’ consequence

People don’t like to have somebody knowing more than they do. It aggravates them.

You can pet him, Mr. Arthur. He’s asleep. Couldn’t if he was awake, though; he wouldn’t let you. Go ahead.

This time we aren’t fighting the Yankees, we’re fighting our friends. But remember this, no matter how bitter things get, they’re still our friends, and this is still our home.” — Atticus Finch

I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year.

I don’t know, but they did it. They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again and when they do it—seems that only children weep. Good night.

Atticus, I was just saying to Mr. Cunningham that entailments were bad but not to worry. Takes a long time sometimes

It’s not necessary to tell all you know. It’s not ladylike — in the second place, folks don’t like to have someone around knowin’ more than they do. It aggravates them. Your not gonna change any of them by talkin’ right, they’ve got to want to learn themselves, and when they don’t want to learn there’s nothing you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language.

Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I’ve tried to live so I can look squarely back at him.

Pass the damn ham, please.

By then he did not have to tell me. Just as the birds know where to go when it rains, I know when there is trouble in our street. — Scout Finch

It’s not time to worry yet

That boy is your company. And if he wants to eat up that tablecloth, you let him, you hear?

I remember when my daddy gave me that gun. He told me that I should never point it at anything in the house; and that he’d rather I’d shoot at tin cans in the backyard. But he said that sooner or later he supposed the temptation to go after birds would be too much, and that I could shoot all the blue jays I wanted – if I could hit ’em; but to remember it was a sin to kill a mockingbird.

I came to the conclusion that people were just peculiar, I withdrew from them, and never thought about them until I was forced to.

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