45 To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes by Harper Lee

Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird was first published in 1960.

It is extensively read in classrooms across the United States.

The book is about race, class, and gender roles in the American South.

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Here are some of the most popular quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird.


To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes by Harper Lee

“Nothin’s real scary except in books.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“Are you proud of yourself tonight that you have insulted a total stranger whose circumstances you know nothing about?” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“You see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that’s the way I want to live.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year. Scout” ~ Harper Lee (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.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“They’ve done it before and they’ll do it again and when they do it – seems that only the children weep. Good night.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passin’.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“That boy is your company. And if he wants to eat up that tablecloth, you let him, you hear?” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

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Quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.” ~ Harper Lee (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.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“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.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“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 (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“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.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“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.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

Famous Quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird

“As a reader I loathe introductions…Introductions inhibit pleasure, they kill the joy of anticipation, they frustrate curiosity.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“Things are always better in the morning.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I’d have the facts.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“We’re paying the highest tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It’s that simple.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“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).

“People don’t like to have somebody knowing more than they do. It aggravates them.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“Pass the damn ham, please.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“I never loved reading until I feared I would lose it. One does not love breathing.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

Powerful To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes

“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.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“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.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“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.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“It’s not time to worry yet.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“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.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“Ladies in bunches always filled me with vague apprehension and a firm desire to be elsewhere.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“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.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“Things are never as bad as they seem.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“There are some men in this world who are born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father’s one of them.” ~ Harper Lee (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.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“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).

“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.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” ~ Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).


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