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To Kill a Mocking Bird (Quotes)
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"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."
"Don't matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house is yo' company, and don't let me catch you remarkin' on their ways like you was so high and mighty."
"If I didn't I couldn't hold up my head in town. I couldn't represent this county in the legislature. I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something again."
"Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win."
"Scout, you'll get in trouble if you go around saying things like that. You want to grow up to be a lady, don't you?"
"I guess it ain't your fault if uncle Atticus is a ****** lover, besides but I'm here to tell you it certainly does mortify the rest of the family."
"Your daughter gave me my finest first lessons this afternoon. She said I didn't understand children much and told me why. She was quite right."
"But do you think I could face my children otherwise? You know what's going to happen as well as I do, Jack, and I just hope and pray I can get Jem and Scout through it without bitterness, and most of all without catching Maycomb's usual disease."
Ms. Maudie Atkinson
"Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up peoples gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird."
"Your father's no better than the ****** and the trash he works for."
"What are you doing in those overalls? You should be in a dress and camisole, young lady!"
"It's not time to worry yet."
"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."
"You ain't got no business bringin' white chillun here- they got their church, we got our'n."
"We decided that it would be best for you to have some feminine influence. It won't be many years, Jean Louise, before you become interested in clothes and boys..."
"I never understood her preoccupation with heredity...Fine folks were people who did the best they could with the sense they had...Aunt Alexandra was of the opinion that the longer a family had been squatting on one patch of land the finer it was..."
"Then he rose and broke the remaining code of childhood."
"In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's word, the white man always wins. They're ugly, but those are the facts of life..."
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 or how rich he is or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash."
"For one thing, Miss Maudie can't serve on a jury because she's a woman."
"There's four kinds of folks in this world. There's the ordinary kind like us and the neighbors, there's the kind like the Cunninghams out in the woods, the kind like the Ewells down at the dump, and the Negros."
"Naw, Jem. I think theres just one kind of folks. Folks."
"...he likened Tom's death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children."
"Atticus had used every tool available to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret court of men's hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed."
"There's a black boy dead for no reason, and the man responsible for it is dead. Let the dead bury the dead this time..."
"To my way of thinkin', Mr. Finch, taking the one man who's done you and this town a great service dragging him with his shy ways into the limelight- to me, that's a sin. It's a sin and I'm not about to have it on my head. If it was any other man it'd be different. But not this man..."
"I understand... Well it'd be sort of like shootin' a mockingbird wouldn't it?"
"Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough."
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