9 Timeless Quotes from Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

Posted by Hayley on July 14, 2015


Nothing will ever replace To Kill a Mockingbird's hallowed place on our bookshelves and in our hearts. Celebrate the timeless classic with these unforgettable quotes.


1. "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."

2. "Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I'd have the facts."

3. "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."


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

5. "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."

6. "I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks."

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

8. "Atticus said to Jem one day, 'I'd rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but 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 except make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corn cribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.'"

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

What's your favorite To Kill a Mockingbird quote?

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message 1: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante #4 is so true. I have heard that from my pop before when I was little (maybe he read this?).

I'm going to have to get off my butt, clear a spot on my shelf, and read this. There are so many classics I have read (some so many times I could tell it from memory), and this is not one of them.

Time to change that.


message 2: by Baker (new)

Romeo, Baker Terry wrote: "Your photo link above on To Kill A Mockingbird seems incorrect... it directs here:
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Hahah! I noticed the same thing - I thought "Man, when did I read To Kill a Mockingbird? Did I five-star it?"

Hey, Neuromancer is pretty good, though!


message 3: by T. (new)

T. Soto I love #6. I really need to re-read this before I decide to pick up Go Set a Watchman.


message 4: by Liz (new)

Liz Brown my favorite quote is number1.


message 5: by Saleen (new)

Saleen #1


message 6: by Kristy (new)

Kristy I like 8 and 9. they speak to me in a way the others don't


message 7: by Louise (new)

Louise  Tessier I like 1,5 and 8,I relate to them more often than the others.


message 8: by Mary (new)

Mary 3 and 7 are my favorites.


message 9: by Jessica (new)

Jessica It was great to read through this list and get geared up for Go Set a Watchman. I think #7 is my favorite.


message 10: by Rumana (new)

Rumana 'Its a baby step but at-least its a step' (something around that)


message 11: by Barbara (new)

Barbara #1 is my favorite.


message 12: by Doseofbella (new)

Doseofbella #3 Absolute truth!


message 13: by Preeti (new)

Preeti Simply Beautiful!


message 14: by Siddhartha (new)

Siddhartha There is a quote about Boo Radley. It has the word wants in italic. I had underlined that one word in my copy. That one word speaks more about tolerance and letting people be more many reams and tomes.


message 15: by Maria (new)

Maria 1,2,7 & 9! Beautiful


message 16: by Sandy (new)

Sandy #1 and #9...I can't wait to read "Go Set A Watchman".


message 17: by Shelly (new)

Shelly I always think of #2 when I listen to or read the news these days. It is so full of adjectives!


message 18: by Arwen56 (new)

Arwen56 9. "Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing."


message 19: by Michelle (new)

Michelle I love all of these, especially 3, 4, 8, & 9.


message 20: by Kiara Hanna (new)

Kiara Hanna Quin Shelly wrote: "I always think of #2 when I listen to or read the news these days. It is so full of adjectives!"

How accurate.


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Glen U on courage...Atticus to Jem...
"It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what."


message 22: by Supreya (new)

Supreya #3 #4 AND #8


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#9


message 24: by Saiyara (new)

Saiyara I love all of them, they are all true.


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

So truthful...


message 26: by Shelagh (new)

Shelagh Symonds I wish now that I had read this book before to read the quotes within story.Number 3 sounds very brave and admirable.


message 27: by Marie (new)

Marie Favorite Quote "...he was real nice....most people are..when you really see them."


message 28: by Marcela (new)

Marcela This book is wonderful. From the quotes presented here, the one that touches me the most is quote number four. It states something that we must keep in mind in order not to lose ourselves. It can be a life changing lesson, if you allow it to be.


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James Chrasta "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." My favorite quote from my favorite book.


message 30: by Shelagh (new)

Shelagh Symonds Regarding quote number 4 the bravery in following through when all seems against all odds is what stands out for me.


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