TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD CHARACTER QUOTES

“Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I knew it” SCOUT
“There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy, and no money to buy it with. Nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb” SCOUT
“Inside the house lives a malevolent phantom” SCOUT
“Closed doors meant illness and cold weather only” SCOUT
“There goes the meanest man ever God blew breath into” CALPURNIA
“I never loved to read, one does not love breathing” SCOUT
“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” ATTICUS
“They were people but they lived like animals” SCOUT
“Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on public streets” MISS MAUDIE
“Hasn’t snowed in Maycomb since appotamox. its bad children like you make the seasons change” MR AVERY
“I couldn’t hold my head up in town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again” ATTICUS
“Every lawyer gets one case in his life that affects him personally – this ones mine I guess” ATTICUS
“Simply because we were licked a hundred years ago before we started is no reason for us to try not to win” ATTICUS
“When a child asks you something, answer him for goodness sake” ATTICUS
“I pray I can get Jem and Scout through it without catching Maycombs usual disease” ATTICUS
“Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything to do with a negro comes up is something I dont pretend to understand” ATTICUS
“It is a sin to kill a mockingbird” MISS MAUDIE
“Mockingbirds dont do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. they dont eat up peoples gardens, then dont nest in corncribs, they dont do one thing but sing their hearts out for us” MISS MAUDIE
“I think maybe he put his gun down when he realised that God had given him an unfair advantage over most living things” MISS MAUDIE
“Tom Robinson’s case is something that goes to the essence of every mans conscience” ATTICUS
“Ignorant, trashy people use it when they think someones favouring negroes over and above themselves” ATTICUS
“I wanted you to see what real courage is instead of getting the idea into your head that courage is a man with a gun in his hand” ATTICUS
“Aunt Alexandra fitted into the world of Maycomb like a hand into a glove” SCOUT
“That boy might go to the chair, but he’s not going ’till the truths told, and you know what the truth is.” ATTICUS
“A mob’s always made up of people, Mr Cunningham was part of a mob last night, but he was still a man. It took an eight year old child to bring ’em to his senses.” ATTICUS
“You children made Walter stand in my shoes for a minute” ATTICUS
“Around here once you have a drop of negroe blood, that makes you all black” JEM
“A little bantam cock of a man rose and strutted to the stand” SCOUT
“All the little man on the witness stand had that made him any better than his neighbours was that if he scrubbed his skin with lye soap in hot water – his skin was white” SCOUT
“Mayella Ewell must have been the loneliest girl in the world. she was even lonelier than Boo Radley who had not been out of the house in 20 years” SCOUT
“I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more than the rest of ’em” TOM ROBINSON
“secretly I’m not much of a drinker, but you see they could never understand that I live the way I do because thats the way I want to live.” DOLPHUS RAYMOND
“Atticus says cheating a coloured man is ten times worse than cheatin’ a white man. Says its the worst thing you can do” SCOUT
“She was white and she tempted a negroe. She did something that in our society is unspeakable; she kissed a black man” ATTICUS
“Theres some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your fathers one of them.” MISS MAUDIE
“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…we’re making a step – its just a baby step, but its a step” MISS MAUDIE
“In our cases, when its a white mans word against a black mans, the white man always wins. they’re ugly, but those are the facts of life” ATTICUS
“Theres nothing more sickening to me than a low grade white man who’ll take advantage of a black mans innocence” ATTICUS
“If you’d been on that jury son, and eleven other boys like you, Tom would be a free man” ATTICUS
“I think theres just one type of folks – folks SCOUT
“I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley has stayed shut up in the house all this time…its because he wants to” SCOUT
“I guess Tom was tired of taking a white mans chances and prefered to take his own” ATTICUS
“We’re paying the highest tribute we can pay a man. we trust him to do it right” MISS MAUDIE
“Atticus, he was real nice…most people are when you finally see them” SCOUT

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