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50 To Kill a Mockingbird Book Quotes From Harper Lee

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Our latest collection of “To Kill a Mockingbird” quotes on Everyday Power blog.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a novel by Harper Lee that has become a classic of modern American literature. Published in 1960, the book quickly became successful, winning the 1961 Pulitzer Prize. It became a best-seller and was also made into a memorable movie in 1962.

The book is about a family – a widowed father and his two children – who are living in Alabama in the 1930s. Atticus, the father, is a lawyer and is asked to defend a black man in a trial where he’s been accused of raping a white woman.

The story is primarily about this white family and how they navigate the moral questions raised by racial inequality. It is Scout, the young daughter, who’s telling this story and it’s her brother Jem, who’s four years older, who insists that the story actually begins long before the events of the summer when the trial takes place.  

One of the most widely read American novels of the 20th century, “To Kill a Mockingbird” has inspired many people of all ages. The story teaches each one of us about the value of honesty, love, friendship, and trust. In that regard, here are some memorable quotes from the book.

 

“To Kill a Mockingbird” Quotes From Harper Lee

 

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

 

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

 

3.) “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

 

4.) “It’s not time to worry yet” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

5.) “Equal rights for all, special privileges for none.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

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

 

7.) “I try to give’em a reason, you see. It helps folks if they can latch onto a reason.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

8.) “You don’t have to learn much out of books, it’s like if you want to learn about cows, you go milk one.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

9.) “If one went for a walk with no definite purpose in mind, it was correct to believe one’s mind incapable of definite purpose.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

10.) “We generally get the juries we deserve.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

“To Kill a Mockingbird” quotes to inspire and teach

 

11.) “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

 

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

 

13.) “People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

14.) “Sometimes it’s better to bend the law a little in special cases.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

15.) “I do my best to love everyday.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

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16.) “It’s not necessary to tell all you know. It’s not ladylike- in the second place, folks don’t like to have somebody around knowin’ more than they do.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

17.) “If you can learn a simple trick, you’ll get along a lot better with all kind of folks.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

18.) “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.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

19.) “Cry about the simple hell people give other people—without even thinking.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

20.) “The only way in which all men in America are equal, is in the courtroom.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

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21.) “If we followed our feelings all the time, we’d be like cats chasin’ their tails.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

22.) “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

 

23.) “When stalking one’s prey, it is best to take one’s time. Say nothing, and as sure as eggs he will become curious and emerge.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

24.) “Most people are nice when you finally see them.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

25.) “Things are always better in the morning.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

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26.) “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

 

27.) “Just remember that sometimes, the way you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

28.) “Try fighting with your head for a change . . it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

29.) “Clowns are sad, it’s folks that laugh at them.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

30.) “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

 

Memorable “To Kill a Mockingbird” quotes

 

31.) “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

 

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

 

33.) “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

 

34.) “I had never encountered a being who deliberately perpetuated fraud against himself.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

35.) “The apple does not fall far from the tree.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

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36.) “Atticus sometimes said that one way to tell whether a witness was lying or telling the truth was to listen rather than watch.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

37.) “I don’t see why I have to when he doesn’t. Then listen.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

38.) “Don’t worry, though, he’ll be as good as new. Boys his age bounce.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

39.) “It seems to me, that love could be labeled poison and we’d drink it anyways.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

40.) “He was as good as his worst performance; his worst performance was Gothic.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

More “To Kill a Mockingbird” quotes

 

41.) “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

 

42.) “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

 

43.) “You can’t really get to know a person until you get in their shoes and walk around in them.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

44.) “Things are never as bad as they seem.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

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45.) “I couldn’t go to church and worship God if I didn’t try to help that man.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

46.) “Never, never, never, on cross-examination ask a witness a question you don’t already know the answer to, was a tenet I absorbed with my baby-food.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

47.) “There are ways of doing things you don’t know about” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

48.) “Nearly never kills a bird” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

49.) “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

50.) “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 fightin’ with your head for a change” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

 

Which of these “To Kill a Mockingbird” quotes was your favorite?

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is standard reading for millions of young people. It has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and has had a big impact on how people view and treat each other.

Each word written in the novel has a truly deep meaning to it. Hopefully, these quotes have inspired you to always believe in doing the right thing and being honest.

Which of these “To Kill a Mockingbird” quotes resonated with you best? Do you have any other favorite quotes to add to the list? Let us know in the comment section below. We would love to hear all about it.

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  1. Sandra Saul

    December 6, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Definitely number 3/ you never know a person until…
    The quote is about hearing and seeing and human empathy I think of this often and it is humbling!

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