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Harper Lee Quote: “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.”

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.

— Harper Lee



Harper Lee Quote: “It's better to be silent than to be a fool.”

It's better to be silent than to be a fool.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “Remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

Remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.”

The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”

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

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “Things are never as bad as they seem.”

Things are never as bad as they seem.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “Courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.”

Courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”

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

— Harper Lee


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

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

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.”

People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.

— Harper Lee



Harper Lee Quote: “Things are always better in the morning.”

Things are always better in the morning.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

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

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself. It's a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.”

Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself. It's a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.

— Harper Lee


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

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

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “As a reader I loathe introductions. Introductions inhibit pleasure, they kill the joy of anticipation, they frustrate curiosity.”

As a reader I loathe introductions. Introductions inhibit pleasure, they kill the joy of anticipation, they frustrate curiosity.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t you let ‘em get your goat. Try fightin’ with your head for a change. -Atticus Finch.”

You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t you let ‘em get your goat. Try fightin’ with your head for a change. -Atticus Finch.

— Harper Lee


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

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

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “We're paying the highest tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It's that simple.”

We're paying the highest tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It's that simple.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “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.”

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.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “Sometimes the Bible in the hands of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hands of another.”

Sometimes the Bible in the hands of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hands of another.

— Harper Lee



Harper Lee Quote: “It’s not time to worry yet.”

It’s not time to worry yet.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “I’m still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries.”

I’m still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”

You rarely win, but sometimes you do.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “You see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that’s the way I want to live.”

You see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that’s the way I want to live.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “There’s no substitute for the love of language, for the beauty of an English sentence. There’s no substitute for struggling, if a struggle is needed, to make an English sentence as beautiful as it should be.”

There’s no substitute for the love of language, for the beauty of an English sentence. There’s no substitute for struggling, if a struggle is needed, to make an English sentence as beautiful as it should be.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “When you’re at the top, there’s only one way to go.”

When you’re at the top, there’s only one way to go.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “Writing is something you’ll never learn in any university or at any school. It’s something that is within you, and if it isn’t there, nothing can put it there.”

Writing is something you’ll never learn in any university or at any school. It’s something that is within you, and if it isn’t there, nothing can put it there.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “I do my best to love everybody.”

I do my best to love everybody.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “Best way to clear the air is to have it all out in the open.”

Best way to clear the air is to have it all out in the open.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “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.”

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.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “Everybody’s gotta learn, nobody’s born knowing.”

Everybody’s gotta learn, nobody’s born knowing.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”

I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “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.”

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.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “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.”

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.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.”

Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “Pass the damn ham, please.”

Pass the damn ham, please.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “Are you proud of yourself tonight that you have insulted a total stranger whose circumstances you know nothing about?”

Are you proud of yourself tonight that you have insulted a total stranger whose circumstances you know nothing about?

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “Writing is a process of self-discipline you must learn before you can call yourself a writer. There are people who write, but I think they’re quite different from people who must write.”

Writing is a process of self-discipline you must learn before you can call yourself a writer. There are people who write, but I think they’re quite different from people who must write.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “It’s not necessary to tell all you know.”

It’s not necessary to tell all you know.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “Writing is simply something you must do. It’s rather like virtue in that it is its own reward.”

Writing is simply something you must do. It’s rather like virtue in that it is its own reward.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “Finders were keepers unless title was proven.”

Finders were keepers unless title was proven.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “A man can condemn his enemies, but it’s wiser to know them.”

A man can condemn his enemies, but it’s wiser to know them.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives.”

Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “Atticus said naming people after Confederate generals made slow steady drinkers.”

Atticus said naming people after Confederate generals made slow steady drinkers.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “Summer, and he watches his children’s heart break. Autumn again and Boo’s children needed him. 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.”

Summer, and he watches his children’s heart break. Autumn again and Boo’s children needed him. 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.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.”

With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.

— Harper Lee


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

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

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “Cecil Jacobs is a big wet hen!”

Cecil Jacobs is a big wet hen!

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “I know now what he was trying to do, but Atticus was only a man. It takes a woman to do that kind of work.”

I know now what he was trying to do, but Atticus was only a man. It takes a woman to do that kind of work.

— Harper Lee


Harper Lee Quote: “Characters make their own plot. The dimensions of the characters determine the action of the novel.”

Characters make their own plot. The dimensions of the characters determine the action of the novel.

— Harper Lee

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