Fifteen Inspiring Quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird QuotesWords to Live by from Harper Lee’s Beloved Classic

Harper Lee’s highly anticipated new novel Go Set a Watchman is already a record-breaking bestseller, even though it will be a month before it is released. As the world eagerly awaits the return of beloved characters Scout and Atticus Finch, we celebrate the words and the wisdom of the novel that first introduced them to readers – 1960’s 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.”


“Things are never as bad as they seem.”


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


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


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


“Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself.”


“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.”


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


“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”


“Sometimes the Bible in the hands of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hands of another.”


“Cry about the simple hell people give other people- without even thinking.”


“It’s not necessary to tell all you know.”


“There are just some kind of men…who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one.


“Courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.


“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.”

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5 thoughts on “Fifteen Inspiring Quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird

  1. Wonderful quotes…all very profound and thoughtful. Reading them makes me want to read it again. It has been many years since I first read that book. The whole premise was profound.


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