Noteworthy Quotations from To kill a Mockingbird

Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.

Charles Lamb

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his (or her) point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around it

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.

This time we aren’t fighting the Yankees, we’re fighting our friends. But remember this, no matter how bitter things get, they are still our friends and this is still our home.

When a child asks you something, answer him (or her),for goodness’ sake.

Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, it’s some thing I don’t pretend to understand…

Shoot all the Blue Jays you want, if you can hit em, but remember 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 peoples 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.

People in their right mind never take pride in their talents

It’s not necessary to tell all you know. It’s not lady-like – in the second place, folks don’t like to have somebody around knowin’ more than they do. It aggravates ’em. You’re not gonna change any of them by talkin’ right, they’ve got to want to learn themselves, and when they don’t want to learn there’s nothing you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language.

One way to tell whether a witness was lying or telling the truth was to listen rather than watch

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, gentleman, is a court.

If enough people – a stadium full, maybe – were to concentrate on one thing, such as setting a tree afire in the woods, that the tree would ignite off its own accord.

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 find a family he comes from, that white man is trash.

A child had as many fathers up there were men in the community, as many mothers as there were women.

If we followed our feelings all the time we’d be like cats chasin’ their tails.

You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.

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