Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives.
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.
Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.
Things are always better in the morning.
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, he is trash.
hold your head high and keep those fists down - Atticus Finch
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.
Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I'd have the facts.
I'm a huge classics fan. I love Ernest Hemingway and J.D. Salinger. I'm that guy who rereads a book before I read newer stuff, which is probably not all that progressive, and it's not really going to make me a better reader. I'm like, 'Oh, my God, you should read To Kill a Mockingbird.
People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.
Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don't pretend to understand.
Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.
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.
Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of another... 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.
...but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself.
Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks.
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.
Atticus, he was real nice." "Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.
Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passin'.
Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.
When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness' sake.
I'm gonna be a new kind of clown. I'm gonna stand in the middle of the ring and laugh at the folks.
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.
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