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'To Kill a Mockingbird' Quotes

Harper Lee's Famous & Controversial Novel

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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee. The book depicts the experiences of a young girl, Scout, and her family in a Southern town. This controversial work deals with aspects of racism, and involves other aspects of violence and alienation. Here are a few quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.
  • "Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it... There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County. But it was a time of vague optimism for some of the people: Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself."
    - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
     
  • "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."
    - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
     
  • "'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."
    - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
     
  • "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy... but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."
    - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
     
  • "The sixth grade seemed to please him from the beginning: he went through a brief Egyptian Period that baffled me - he tried to walk flat a great deal, sticking one arm in front of him and one in back of him, putting one foot behind the other. He declared Egyptians walked that way; I said if they did I didn't see how they got anything done, but Jem said they accomplished more than the Americans ever did, they invented toilet paper and perpetual embalming, and asked where would we be today if they hadn't? Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I'd have the facts."
    - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ch. 7, Spoken by Scout
     
  • "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."
    - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ch. 9, by Atticus
  • "Bad language is a stage all children go through, and it dies with time when they learn they're not attracting attention with it."
    - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ch. 9, by Atticus
  • "Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don't pretend to understand."
    - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ch. 9, by Atticus
  • "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."
    - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ch. 11
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