To Kill A Mockingbird IMPORTANT QUOTES

“Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Atticus
“Mr. Finch, there’s just some kind of men you have to shoot before you can say hidy do to ’em. Even then, they ain’t worth the bullet it takes to shoot ’em. Ewell ‘as one of ’em.” Heck Tate
“Now you tell your father not to teach you any more. It’s best to begin reading with a fresh mind. You tell him I’ll take over from here and try to undo the damage…” Miss Caroline
“I just thought you’d like to know I can read. You got anything needs readin’ I can do it…” Dill
“I’m big enough to fit mine. Your name’s longer’n you are. Bet it’s a foot longer.” Jem
“You don’t have to learn much out of books that way—it’s like if you wanta learn about cows, you go milk one, see?” Jem
“If I hear another sound from this room I’ll burn up everyone in it. Miss Caroline, the sixth grade cannot concentrate on the pyramids for all this racket!” Miss Blount
“Reckon I have. Almost died first year I come to school and et them peanuts—folks say he pizened ’em and put ’em over on the school side of the fence.” Walter Cunningham
“But he’s gone and drowned his dinner in syrup. He’s poured it all over—” Scout
“Hush your mouth! Don’t matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house’s yo’ comp’ny, and don’t you let me catch you remarkin’ on their ways like you was so high and mighty!” Calpurnia
“You ain’t sendin’ me home, missus. I was on the verge of leavin’—I done done my time time for this year!” Burris Ewell
“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
“What are you doing with those scissors, then? Why are you tearing up that newspaper? If it’s today’s I’ll tan you.” Atticus
“Why, one sprig of nut grass can ruin a whole yard. Look here. When it comes fall this dries up and the wind blows it all over Maycomb County!” Miss Maudie
“Keep on—I reckon he even sent you a mounted police uniform! That’n never showed up, did it? You just keep on tellin’ ’em, son—” Scout
“Ah—I won ’em from him. We were playin’ strip poker up yonder by the fishpool.” Dill
“Do-o-o Jee-sus, Dill Harris! Gamblin’ by my fishpool? I’ll strip poker you, sir!” Miss Rachel
“Matches were dangerous, but cards were fatal.” Scout
“When I went back—When I went back, they were folded across the fence…like they were expectin’ me.” Jem
“Tree’s dying. You plug ’em with cement when they’re sick. You ought to know that, Jem.” Nathan Radley
“Why, I hated that old cow barn. Thought of settin’ fire to it a hundred times myself, except they’d lock me up.” Miss Maudie
“Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us to not try to win.” Atticus
“…it’s bad enough he lets you all run wild, but now he’s turned out a ******-lover we’ll never be able to walk the streets of Maycomb again. He’s ruinin’ the family, that’s what he’s doin'” Francis
“And why do I not understand children Miss Jean Louise? Such conduct as yours required little understanding. It was obstreperous, disorderly, and abusive—” Uncle Jack
“When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness’ sake. But don’t make a production out of it.” Atticus
“I know it’s February Miss Eula May, but I know a mad dog when I see one. Please ma’am hurry!” Calpurnia
“Forgot to tell you the other day that besides playing the Jew’s Harp, Atticus Finch was the deadest shot in Maycomb county in his time.” Miss Maudie
“Where are you two going at this time of day? Playing hooky, I suppose. I’ll just call up the principal and tell him!” Mrs. Dubose
“According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I knew.” Atticus
“You ain’t got no business bringing white chillun here—they got their church, we got our’n. It is our church, ain’t it, Miss Cal?” Lula
“You all know what it’s for—Helen can’t leave those children to work while Tom’s in jail. If everybody gives one more dime, we’ll have it— Alec, shut the doors. Nobody leaves here till we have ten dollars.” Reverend Sykes
“…you are not from run-of-the-mill people, that you are the product of several generations’ gentle breeding— Gentle breeding and that you should try to live up to your name—” Atticus
“If you think I’m gonna put my face down to a snake you’ve got another think comin’. Hold on a minute.” Jem
“I was just sayin’ to Mr. Cunningham that entailments are bad an’ all that, but you said not to worry, it takes a long time sometimes…that you all’d ride out together…” Scout
“Um, um, um. Look at all those folks—you’d think William Jennings Bryan was speakin’.” Miss Stephanie
“Oh yes, that’d make it her right. It was her right eye, Mr. Finch. I remember now, she was bunged up on that side of her face…” Heck Tate
“…you’re all yellow stinkin’ cowards, stinkin’ cowards, the lot of you. Your fancy airs don’t come to nothin’—your ma’amin’…don’t come to nothin’…” Mayella Ewell
“That boy’s worked for me eight years an’ I ain’t had a speck o’ trouble outa him. Not a speck.” Link Deas
“But you weren’t in a fix—you testified that you were resisting Miss Ewell. Were you so scared that she’d hurt you. you ran, a big buck like you?” Mr. Gilmer
“It ain’t right, somehow it ain’t right to do ’em that way. Hasn’t anybody got any business talkin’ like that—it just makes me sick.” Dill
“Some folks don’t—like the way I live. Now I could say the hell with ’em. I don’t care if they don’t like it. I do say I don’t care if they don’t like it, right enough—but I don’t say the hell with ’em, see?” Dolphus Raymond
“The most ridiculous example I can think of is that the people who run public education promote the stupid and idle along with the industrious—because all men are created equal, educators will gravely tell you, the children left behind suffer terrible feelings of inferiority.” Atticus
“I know where they are Atticus. They’re right up yonder in the colored balcony—been there since precisely one-eighteen p.m.” Mr. Underwood
“Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passin’.” Reverend Sykes
“It’s like bein’ a caterpillar in a cocoon, that’s what it is. Like something’ asleep wrapped up in a warm place. I always thought Maycomb folks were the best folks in the world, least that’s what they seemed like.” Jem
“There ain’t one thing in the world I can do about folks except laugh, so I’m gonna join the circus and laugh my head off.” Dill
“I’ll tell you why. Because—he—is—trash, that’s why you can’t play with him. I’ll not have you around him, picking up his habits and learning Lord-knows-what. You’re enough of a problem to your father as it is.” Aunt Alexandra
“If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other?” Jem
“…I tell you if my Sophy’d kept it up another day I’d have let her go. It’s never entered that wool of her’s that the only reason I keep her is because this depression’s on and she needs her dollar and a quarter every week she can get it.” Mrs. Merriweather
“Now I may be wrong, of course, but I think he’s very alive. Shows all the symptoms of it. Go have a look at him, and when I come back we’ll get together and decide.” Dr. Reynolds
“There’s a black boy dead for no reason, and the man responsible for it’s dead. Let the dead bury the dead this time, Mr. Finch. Let the dead bury the dead.” Heck Tate
“Will you take me home?” Boo Radley

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