Monday 26 September 2016

The inspiring quotes from To Kill A Mockingbird that made the book a classic

Published 19/02/2016 | 18:01

To Kill a Mockingbird original cover
To Kill a Mockingbird original cover

To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee has died at the age of 89.

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The Mayor's Office in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, confirmed the news to the Press Association. Publisher Penguin Random House also posted a message on Twitter saying "Rest in peace, Harper Lee."

The American author was best known for her much-loved novel about racial injustice in the Deep South, released in 1960

The story focuses on narrator Scout Finch, her older brother Jem and her lawyer father Atticus, who agrees to defend a black man against a false rape charge. Throughout the book, Atticus and his children learn how to deal with prejudice.

Here are ten quotes that made the book a classic:

1. "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."

2. "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.

“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.”

To kill a mockingbird
To kill a mockingbird

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."

4.“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."

5. "Atticus, you must be wrong...."

"How's that?"

"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," said Atticus, "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."

To Kill A Mockingbird - Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) delivers a powerful closing argument in court.
To Kill A Mockingbird - Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) delivers a powerful closing argument in court.

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

7. "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."

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

9. "Atticus, he was real nice""Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them."

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

Cultural legacy: Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch with Mary Badham as Scout and Phillip Alford as Jem in the 1962 film adaptation of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, based on Harper Lee’s 1960 novel.
Cultural legacy: Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch with Mary Badham as Scout and Phillip Alford as Jem in the 1962 film adaptation of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, based on Harper Lee’s 1960 novel.

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