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To Kill a Mockingbird Important quotes
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Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.
Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.
I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year.
Let the dead bury the dead this time, Mr. Finch. Let the dead bury the dead.
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.
You know the truth, the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men cannot be trusted around women, black or white.
That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.
But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men.
A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up.
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.
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view--until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.
If there's just one kind of folks, why can't they get along with each other?
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 was times like these when I thought (someone who would give off the clue), who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.
Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win
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.
You are too young to understand it ... but sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hand of - oh, of your father
People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.
Whether Maycomb knows it or not, we're paying the highest tribute we can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It's that simple.
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.
I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks.
With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.
Atticus, how bad is this going to be?
Cal says she'd been cussing fluently for a week, now.
My folks said your daddy was a disgrace an' that n***** oughta hang from the water-tank!
I don't care what you do, so long as you do something
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.
I strongly advise you to go down and have a talk with Mrs. Dubose.
Well, most folks seem to think they're right and you're wrong....
Link, that boy might go to the chair, but he's not going till the truth's told.
It's just that I can't think of a way to make him come out without him gettin' us.
TO WHOM WAS THIS QUOTE SAID TO: My sister ain't dirty and I ain't scared of you.
I got somethin' to say an' then I ain't gonna say no more.
Scared of arrest, scared you'd have to face up to what you did?
TO WHOM WAS THIS QUOTE SAID TO: Serving on a jury forces a man to make up his mind and declare himself about something. Men don't like to do that. Sometimes it's unpleasant.
Aunt Rachel says your name's Jeremy Atticus Finch.
If he's not [crazy] he should be by now. The things that happen to people we never really know. What happens in houses behind closed doors, what secrets
Jeremy Finch, I told you you'd live to regret tearing up my camellias. You regret it now, don't you?
I won't say you ran out on a dare an' I'll swap you The Gray Ghost if you just go up and touch the house.
Now you tell your father not to teach you any more. It's best to begin reading with a fresh mind. You tell him I'll take over from here and try to undo the damage.
Do-o-o Jee-sus, Dill Harris! Gamblin' by my fishpool? I'll strip-poker you, sir!
I'm just trying to tell you the new way they're teaching the first grade, stubborn. It's the Dewey Decimal System
Tree's dying. You plug 'em with cement when they're sick. You ought to know that, Jem.
You can't go around making caricatures of the neighbors.
See what you've done? Hasn't snowed in Maycomb since Appomattox. It's bad children like you makes the seasons change.
When I went back for my breeches--they were all in a tangle when I was gettin' out of 'em, I couldn't get 'em loose. When I went back, they were folded across the fence . . . like they were expectin' me
Don't you say hey to me, you ugly girl!
There's some folks who don't eat like us, but you ain't called on to contradict 'em at the table when they don't. That boy's yo' comp'ny and if he wants to eat up the table cloth you let him, you hear?
The world's endin', Atticus! Please do something
Why, one sprig of nut grass can ruin a whole yard. Look here. When it comes fall this dries up and the wind blows it all over Maycomb County!
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