To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes

To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes

Hey readers! Welcome to the page. Today we’d be discussing To Kill a Mockingbird quotes, which is probably the ‘Best novel of 20th Century’ and often considered a ‘Modern Classic’. No wonder this masterpiece won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961. To Kill a Mockingbird quotes are equally ‘legendary’ as the novel, which is quite obvious, as that’s what makes the novel so great apart from the story and the way it’s narrated. And believe me, the way To Kill a Mockingbird is narrated, which is based on such a serious issue, from a six-year-old girl, is indeed ‘Legendary’. And that’s the thing that makes the quotes so remarkable, which are extremely profound, hilarious (as most of them are quoted by the six-year-old protagonist), and quite relatable to the contemporary issues.
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So, let’s get straight to these prodigious To Kill a Mockingbird quotes-

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To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes:

“There goes the meanest man ever God blew breath into.”
Quoted by Calpurina by seeing Mr. Radley walking past their house.

“She was furious, and when she was furious Calpurnia’s grammar became erratic. When in tranquility, her grammar was as good as anybody’s in Maycomb.”

“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.”

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“Sometimes it’s better to bend the law a little in special cases.”

“Thing is, foot-washers think women are a sin by definition. They take the Bible literally, you know.”

“God’s loving folks like you love yourself.”

“But sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hand of- 0h, of your father.”

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“There are just some kind of men who-who’re so busy worrying about the next world that they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the streets and see the results.”

“The things that happen to people we never really know. What happens in houses behind the closed doors, what secrets.”

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“The main reason is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this country in the Legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again. Because I could never ask you to mind me again. Scout, simply by the nature of the work, every lawyer gets at least one case in his lifetime that affects him personally. This one’s mine, I guess.”
Quoted by Atticus when Jean asked her why he’s defending a black man in the court.

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“Bad language is a stage all children go through, and it dies with time when they learn they’re not attracting attention with it.”

“Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand.”

“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit em’, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

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“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy, they don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

“This case, Tom Robinson’s case, is something that goes to the essence of a man’s conscience – Scout, I couldn’t go to church and worship God if I didn’t try to help that man.”

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“Well, most folks seem to think they’re right and you’re wrong. They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions. But before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself.”

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

“Nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don’t mean anything – like snot-nose. It’s hard to explain – ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody’s favoring negroes over and above themselves.”

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‘I do my best to love everybody… I’m hard put, sometimes- baby, it’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad man. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.”

“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 you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”

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“He would not have dared strike a white woman under any circumstances and expect to live long.”

“Cry about the simple hell people give other people- without even thinking. Cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think they’re people too.”

“I have nothing but pity in my heart for the chief witness for the state, but my pity does not extend so far as to her putting a man’s life at stake, which she has done in an effort to get rid of her own guilt.”

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“I say guilt gentlemen because it was guilt that motivated her. She has committed no crime, she has merely broken a rigid and a time-honored code of our society, a code so severe that whoever breaks it is honored from our midst as unfit to live with. She is the victim of cruel poverty and ignorance, but I cannot pity her: she is white. She knew full well the enormity of her offense, but because her desires were stronger than the code she was breaking, she persisted in breaking it. She persisted, and her subsequent reaction is something that all of us have known at one time or another. She did something every child has done – she tried to put the evidence of her offense away from her. But in this case, she was no child hiding stolen contraband: she struck out at her victim – of necessity she must put him away from her – he must be removed from her presence, from this world. She must destroy the evidence of her offense.”

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“What was the evidence of her offense? Tom Robinson, a human being. She must put Tom Robinson away from her. Tom Robinson was her daily reminder of what she did. What did she do? She tempted a negro. She was white, and she tempted a negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man. Not an uncle, but a strong young negro man. No code mattered to her before she broke it, but it came crashing down on her afterwards.”

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“The witness for the state, with the exception of the sheriff of Maycomb County, have presented themselves to you gentlemen, to this court, in the cynical confidence that their testimony would not be doubted, confident that you gentlemen would go along with them on the assumption – the evil assumption – that all negroes lie, that all negroes are basically immortal beings, that all negro men are not to be trusted around our women, an assumption one associates with minds of their calibre.”

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“Which, gentlemen, gentlemen we know is in itself a lie as black as Tom Robinson’s skin, a lie I do not have to point out to you. You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immortal, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women – black and white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. There is not a person in this courtroom who has never told a lie, who has never done an immortal thing, and there is no man living who has never looked upon a woman with desire.”

“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 most men.”

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“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 Einstien, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court.”

“You got it backwards, Dill. Clowns are sad, it’s folks that laugh at them.”

“There’s nothing more sickening to me than a low-grade white man who’ll take advantage of a Negro’s ignorance.”

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That’s all for To Kill a Mockingbird quotes.

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