To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes

Moral Courage Quotes

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

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

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

“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.”

Moral Character Quotes

“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.”

Prejudice Quotes

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

“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.”

“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.”

See here for more To Kill a Mockingbird Prejudice Quotes.

Positive Quotes

“Things are always better in the morning.”

“… it was a time of vague optimism for some of the people: Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself.”

Insightful Quotes

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

Children are children, but they can spot an evasion faster than adults, and evasion simply muddles ’em.”

“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.”

“Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I’d have the facts.”

“Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.

“Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

Quotes About the Justice System & Court

“Our courts have their faults, as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levellers, and in our courts all men are created equal.”

“We know all men are not created equal in the sense some people would have us believe- some people are smarter than others, some people have more opportunity because they’re born with it, some men make more money than others, some ladies make better cakes than others- some people are born gifted beyond the normal scope of men.
But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal- there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court.”

Final Notes

To Kill a Mockingbird was a book that helped change hearts and minds to love their neighbors. Today about 11 million of our neighbors similarly could use some of our love. If you are on the fence about undocumented immigrants please browse this website and consider that this may be another time when culture has blinded us to the value of our neighbors.

Note: quotes in this article have not been vetted. To be completely certain they are accurate you will need to verify them with other sources.

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