To Kill A Mockingbird-Key Quotes

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Quotes from key characters from Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill A Mockingbird-Key Quotes
1 Atticus Finch
1.1 "Atticus's only answer was for him to mind his own business and let the Radley's mind theirs"
1.2 "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb in his skin and walk around in it"
1.3 "Don't say nigger scout. That's common"
1.4 "I couldn't hold my head up in town, I couldn't represent this country in the legislature, I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something again."
1.5 "I hope and pray I can get Jem and Scout through without bitterness...without catching Maycomb's usual disease"
1.6 It's a sin to kill a mockingbird"
1.7 "I think maybe he put his gun down when he realised God had given him an unfair advantage over most living things"
1.8 "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"
1.9 "I couldn't go to church and worship God is I didn't help that man"
1.10 "Before I 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."
1.11 "Instead of getting the idea 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"
1.12 "Mr Cunningham's basically a good man...he just has his blind spots along with the rest of us"
1.13 "You'll have to excuse me, Miss Mayella"
1.14 "There are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father's one of them"
1.15 "Atticus Finch won't win, he can't win but he's the only man in these parts who can keep a jury out so long in a case like that"
1.16 "If spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that's something I'll gladly take"
1.17 "There's nothing more sickening to me than a low-grade white man who'll take advantage of a Negro's ignorance"
1.18 "Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me...If I connived at something like this, frankly I couldn't meet his eye and the day i can't do that I'll know I've lost him. I don't want to lose him and Scout, because they;re all I've got"
2 Miss Maudie
2.1 "Mockingbird's don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy"
2.2 "There are just some kind of men who-who're so busy worrying about the next world they've never learned to live this one"
2.3 "I think maybe he put his gun down when he realised God had given him an unfair advantage over most living things"
2.4 "People in their right minds never take pride in their talents"
2.5 "Always wanted a smaller house, Jem Finch. Gives me more yard"
2.5.1 The children see courage here from Miss Maudie.
2.6 "There are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father's one of them"
2.6.1 Miss Maudie understands everything Atticus is trying to do and influences the children as she explaing to them what or why Atticus is doing what he is.
2.7 "Atticus Finch won't win, he can't win but he's the only man in these parts who can keep a jury out so long in a case like that"
2.8 "We're making a step-it's just a baby-step but it's a step"
2.9 "His food doesn't stick going down, does it?"
3 Scout Finch
3.1 "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"
3.2 "Jem had acquired an alien set of values and was trying to impose them on me"
3.3 "You made Walter Cunningham stand in my shoes for a minute"
3.4 "It came to me that Mayella Ewell must have been the loneliest person in the world"
3.5 "Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passin'"
3.6 "I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks."
3.7 "Walter's as smart as he can be, he just gets held back"
3.8 "Do you want to grow up to be a lawyer?" "Nome, just a lady"
3.9 "It helps folks if they can latch onto a reason"
3.9.1 Scout learns about Maycomb's prejudice through Dolphus Raymond.
3.10 "After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I"
3.11 "We're paying the highest tribute we can pay a man. We trust him to do right"
3.12 "I sometimes felt a twinge of remorse...at ever having taken part in what must have been sheer torment to Arthur Radley"
3.13 "Hey Boo"
3.14 "Jem, how can you hate Hitler so bad an' then turn around and be ugly about the folks right at home-?
3.15 "Well, it'd sort of be like shootin' a mockingbird, wouldn't it?
3.16 "I had never seen out neighbourhood from this angle"
3.17 "Atiticus 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"
3.18 "There wasn't much else left for us to learn, except possibly algebra"
3.19 "Boo's children needed him"
3.20 "Atticus, he was real nice"
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