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To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes

36 of the best book quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird
  1. #1
    “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.”
  2. #2
    “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.”
  3. #3
    “Bad language is a stage all children go through, and it dies with time when they learn they’re not attracting attention with it.”
  4. #4
    “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 JP court in the land, or this honourable court which you serve. 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.”
  5. #5
    “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
  6. #6
    “Are you proud of yourself tonight that you have insulted a total stranger whose circumstances you know nothing about?”
  7. #7
    “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 you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”
  8. #8
    “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.”
  9. #9
    “Best way to clear the air is to have it all out in the open.”
  1. #10
    “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. #11
    “Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn’t know it when he put the blanket around you.”
  3. #12
    “You children made Walter Cunningham stand in my shoes for a minute. That was enough.”
  4. #13
    “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.”
  5. #14
    “So it took an eight-year-old child to bring ‘em to their senses...That proves something - that a gang of wild animals can be stopped, simply because they’re still human. Hmp, maybe we need a police force of children.”
  6. #15
    “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.”
  7. #16
    “That was the one thing that made me think, well, this may be the shadow of a beginning. That jury took a few hours. An inevitable verdict, maybe, but usually it takes ‘em just a few minutes.”
  8. #17
    “Those are twelve reasonable men in everyday life, Tom’s jury, but you saw something come between them and reason. You saw the same thing that night in front of the jail. When that crew went away, they didn’t go as reasonable men, they went because we were there. There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads—they couldn’t be fair if they tried.”
  9. #18
    “Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself.”
  1. #19
    “Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand.”
  2. #20
    “Atticus, he was real nice...” His hands were under my chin, pulling up the cover, tucking it around me. “Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.”
  3. #21
    “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.”
  4. #22
    “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.”
  5. #23
    “It’s not time to worry yet...”
  6. #24
    “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.”
  7. #25
    “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
  8. #26
    “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 fighting with your head for a change.”
  9. #27
    “Which, gentlemen, we know is in itself a lie as black as Tom Robinson’s skin, a lie I do not have to point out to you. You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women—black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. There is not a person in this courtroom who has never told a lie, who has never done an immoral thing, and there is no man living who has never looked upon a woman without desire.”
  1. #28
    “Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I’d have the facts.”
  2. #29
    “What I meant was, if Atticus Finch drank until he was drunk he wouldn’t be as hard as some men are at their best. 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.”
  3. #30
    “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.”
  4. #31
    “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.”
  5. #32
    “Atticus had said it was the polite thing to talk to people about what they were interested in, not about what you were interested in.”
  6. #33
    “There are some men in this world who are born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father’s one of them.”
  7. #34
    “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.”
  8. #35
    “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.”
  9. #36
    “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.”
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