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Jem Finch Quotes

12 of the best book quotes from Jem Finch
  1. #1
    “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.”
  2. #2
    Jem was standing in a corner of the room, looking like the traitor he was. “Dill, I had to tell him,” he said. “You can’t run three hundred miles off without your mother knowin’.”
  3. #3
    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.
    author
    Harper Lee
    book
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    character
    Jem
    concept
    Mean
  4. #4
    “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.”
  5. #5
    “How could they do it, how could they?” “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.”
  6. #6
    “Jem, see if you can stand in Bob Ewell’s shoes a minute. I destroyed his last shred of credibility at that trial, if he had any to begin with. The man had to have some kind of comeback, his kind always does. So if spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that’s something I’ll gladly take.”
  1. #7
    “Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I’ve tried to live so I can look squarely back at him.”
  2. #8
    Don’t see how any jury could convict on what we heard.
  3. #9
    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.
  4. #10
    Atticus ain’t ever whipped me since I can remember. I want to keep it that way.
  5. #11
    I thought I wanted to be a lawyer but I ain’t so sure now!
  6. #12
    “Did she die free?” asked Jem.
    “As the mountain air,” said Atticus.