To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes

1.) “Don’t you mutter at me, boy! You hold up your head and say yes ma’am. Don’t guess you feel like holding it up, though, with your father what he is.” (126) Mrs. Lafayette Dubose to Jem
1.) “It just goes to show you that all Penfield women are flighty.” (147) Aunt Alexandra to Scout
“Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I coud do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn’t supposed to be doing things that required pants. Aunt Alexandra’s vision of my deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets, and wearing the Add-A-Pearl necklace she gave me when I was born; furthermore, I should be a ray of sunshine in my father’s lonely life.” (93) Scout narration
“‘Jem’s growing up now and you are too,’ she said to me. ‘We decided taht it would be best for you to have some feminine influence. It won’t be many years, Jean Louise, before you become interested in clothes and boys–‘” (145) Aunt Alexandra to Scout
“She took off her glasses and stared at me. ‘I’ll tell you why,’ she said. ‘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.'” (256) Aunt Alexandra to Scout
1.) “I know. Your daughter gave me my first lesson this afternoon. She said I didn’t understand children much and told me why . She was quite right. Atticus, she told me how I should have treated her–oh dear, I’m so sorry I romped on her.” (99) Uncle Jack to Atticus
“You like words like damn and hell now, don’t you?” I said I reckoned so “Well I don’t,” Said…, “not unless there’s extreme provocation connected with ’em. I’ll be here a week and I don’t want to hear any words like that while I’m here. you’ll get in trouble if you go around saying things like that. You want to grow up to be a lady, don’t you?” I said not particularly. “Of course you do. Now let’s get to the tree.” Uncle Jack to Scout
1.) “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—Your father does not know how to teach.” (19) Miss Caroline to Scout
The class murmured apprehensively, should she prove to harbor her share of the peculiarities indigenous to that region. (When Alabama seceded from the Union on January 1, 1861, Winston County seceded from Alabama, and every child in Maycomb County knew it.) North Alabama was full of Liquor Interests, Big Mules, steel companies, Republicans, professors, and other persons of no background.” (18) Scout narration
“It’s right hard to say,” she said. “Suppose you and Scout talked colored-folks’ talk at home–it’d be out of place, wouldn’t it? Now what if I talked white-folks’ talk at church and with my neighbors? They’d think I was puttin’ on airs to beat Moses.” (143 Calpurnia to Jem
“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! Yo’ folks might be better’n the Cunninghams but it don’t count for nothin’ the way you’re disgracing’ ’em– if you can’t act fit to eat at the table you can just set here and eat in the kitchen!” (27) Calpurnia to Scout
“Jem gave a reasonable description of Boo: Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained–if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time.” Scout narration
Scout, I’m beginning to understand something. I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time… it’s because he wants to stay inside.'” Jem to Scout
“Atticus is a gentleman, just like me!”(113) Jem to Scout
“Naw, Scout, it’s something you wouldn’t understand. Atticus is real old, but I wouldn’t care if he couldn’t do anything–I wouldn’t care if he couldn’t do a blessed thing!” (113) Jem to Scout
“…Mr. Nathan put cement in that tree, Atticus, an’ he did it to stop us findin” things—he’s crazy, I reckon, like they say, but Atticus, I swear to God he ain’t ever harmed us, he ain’t ever hurt us, he coulda cut my throat from ear to ear that night but he tried to mend my pants instead…he ain’t ever hurt us, Atticus–” (81) Jem to Atticus
“After one altercation wen Jem hollered, ‘It’s time you started bein’ a girl and acting right!’ I burst into tears and fled to Calpurnia.” (131) Scout narration
“‘Don’t you fret too much over Mister Jem–‘ she began. ‘Mis-ter Jem?’ ‘Yeah, he’s just about Mister Jem now.'” (131) Calpurnia to Scout
“‘You know she’s not used to girls,’ said Jem, ‘lestaways, not girls like you. She’s trying to make you a lady. Can’t you take up sewin’ or somethin?”’ (257) Jem to Scout
“Tree’s dying. You plug ’em with cement when they’re sick. You ought to know that, Jem!” (70) Nathan Radley to Jem
“Dill was from Meridian, Mississippi, was spending the summer with his aunt, Miss Rachel, and would be spending every summer in Maycomb from now on. His family was from Maycomb County originally, his mother worked for a photographer in Meridian, had entered his picture inn a Beautiful Child contest and won five dollars. She gave the money to Dill, who went to the picture show twenty times on it.” (8 Scout narration
“By an involved route. Refreshed by food, Dill recited this narrative: having been bound in chains and left to die in the basement (there were basements in Meridian…” (158)- “How’d you get here?’ Asked Jem. He had taken thirteen dollars from his mother’s purse, caught the nine-o-clock from Meridian and got off at…” (159) – “He was worn out, dirty beyond belief, and home.” (159) Scout narration
3.) “‘Why do you reckon Boo Radley’s never run off?’ Dill sighed a long sigh and turned away from me. ‘Maybe he doesn’t have anywhere to run off to…'” (163) Scout to DillDill to Scout
‘When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.” (3) Scout narration
“I thought I had made things sufficiently clear. It was clear enough to the rest of us: Walter Cunningham was sitting there lying his head off. He didn’t forget his lunch. He didn’t have any. He had none today nor would he have any tomorrow or the next day. He had probably never seen three quarters all together at the same time in his life. Scout narration
“Hush your mouth! Anybody who sets foot in this house is yo’ compan’y, and don’t let me catch you remarkin’ on their ways like you was so high and mighty. Your folks might be better than the Cunninghams, but that don’t count for nothin’ the way you”re disgracin’ ’em!” (27) Calpurnia to Scout
“‘First of all,’ He said, ‘If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.”Sir?”–until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.'” (33) Atticus to Scout
“‘Let’s leave it at this,’ said _____ dryly, ‘You, ________, are the common folk. You must obey the law.’ He said that the Ewells were made up of an exclusive society called the Ewells. In certain circumstances, the common folk circumstantially allowed certain privileges by the method of becoming blind to some of the Ewell’s activities.” Atticus to Scout
“‘It’s against the law, all right, ‘ said _____, ‘and it’s certainly bad, but when a man spends his relief checks on Green whiskey his children have a way of crying from hunger pains.'” Atticus to Scout
“She waited until Calpurnia was in the kitchen and then she said, ‘Don’t talk like that in front of them.'” (178) Aunt Alexandra to Atticus
“‘Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire, you didn’t notice when he put the blanket around you.'” Atticus to Scout
“‘Do you defend n*ggers, Atticus?'” Scout to Atticus
“‘Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we began is no reason for us to try not to win.'” (87) Atticus to Scout
“‘Always does. He likes him better than he likes us, I reckon. He lives by himself way down near the county line. He’s got a colored women and all sorts of mixed chilun. Show you some of ’em if we see ’em.” Jem to Dill
“‘That’s what I thought,’ said Jem, ‘but around here, once you have a drop of Negro blood, you’re all Black.'” Jem to Scout
“‘You know what’s going to happen as well as I do, Jack, and I hope and pray I can get Jem and Scout through this bitterness, and most of all, without them catching Maycomb’s usual disease. Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand…I just hope that Jem and Scout will come to me with their questions instead of listening to the town. I hope they trust me enough…” Atticus to Uncle Jack
“‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember, it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.'” Atticus to Jem
“‘But before I can live with some other people, I need to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.'” Atticus to Scout
“‘Don’t you mutter at me, boy! You hold your head up and say, yes ma’am. Don’t guess you feel like holding it up, though, with your father being what he is.”‘ Mrs. Lafayette Dubose to Jem
“‘Well, Dill, after all, he’s just a Negro.'” Scout to Dill
“‘Every town the size of Maycomb has families like the Ewells. No economic fluctuations changed their status–People like the Ewells lived like guests of the County in prosperity as well as in the depths of depression. No truant officers could keep their numerous offspring in school; no public health officers could free them of congenital defects, various worms, and diseases indigenous to their filthy surroundings.” Scout narration
“‘It ain’t honest but it’s mighty helpful to folks. Secretly, Miss Finch, I’m not much of a drinker, but you see they could never, never understand that I live the way I do because that’s how I want to life.” Dolphus Raymond to Scout
“This case is as simple as Black and White.” Atticus to Jury
“‘Which, gentlemen, we know is in itself a lie as black as Tom Robinson’s skin, a lie I don’t have to point out to you. You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negros lie, some Negros are immoral, some Negro men cannot be trusted by women–black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. There is not a person in this courtroom who has never told a lie, who has never done an immoral thing, who has never looked upon a woman without desire.'” Atticus to Jury
“‘Don’t fret, Jem. Things are never as bad as they seem.'” Miss Maudie to Jem
“‘I simply want to tell you that there are some men in this world born to do unpleasant jobs for us. Your father’s one of them.”‘ Miss Maudie to Jem
“‘You think about that,’ _____ was saying, ‘It was no accident. I was sitting here on my porch last night, waiting. I waited and waited to see you all come down the sidewalk, and as I waited, I thought, 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. And I thought to myself, well, we’re making a step–it’s just a baby-step, but it’s a step.'” Miss Maudie to Jem
“‘If you had been on that jury, son, and eleven other boys like you, Tom would be a free man.’ said Atticus, ‘So far nothing in your life has interfered with your reasoning process. Those are twelve reasonable men in everyday life, Tom’s jury, but you saw something come between them and reason. You saw the same thing come between them in front of the jail. When that crew went away, they didn’t go as reasonable men, they went because they were there. There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads–they couldn’t be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins. They’re ugly, but those are the facts of life. Atticus to Jem
“‘I mean this town. They’re perfectly willing to let them do what they’re too afraid to do themselves–it might lose ’em a nickel. They’re perfectly willing to let him wreck his health doing what they’re afraid to do, they’re–‘” Aunt Alexandra to Miss Maudie
“‘It’s not okay to hate anybody.'” Atticus to Scout
“‘Well, it’d be sort of like shooting a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?'” Scout to Atticus
“Thank you for my children, Arthur.” Atticus to Boo
“‘I put my foot on the top step and stopped. I would lead him through our house, but I would never lead him home.” Scout narration
“‘Boo’s children needed him.'” Scout narration
“‘He turned out the light and went into Jem’s room. He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.'” Scout narration
“The street lights were fuzzy from the fine rain that was falling. As I made my way home, I felt very ole, but when I looked at the top of my nose, I could seefine misty beads, but looking cross-eyed made me dizzy so I quit. As I made my way home, I thought what a thing to tell Jem tomorrow. He’d be so mad he missed it, he wouldn’t speak to me for days. As I made my way home, I thought Jem and I would get grown, but there wasn’t much else for us to learn, except possibly algebra. Scout narration
“–I seen that black n#gger yonder ruttin’ on my Mayella.” Bob Ewell to Jury
“There has been a request, ” said ___, “that this courtroom be cleared of spectators, or at least of women and children, a request that will be denied for the time being.” Judge Taylor to Jury
“Stand up, ____. Your father’s passin’.” Reverend Sykes to Scout
“A flash of plain fear was going out of his eyes, but returned when Dill and Jem wriggled into the light.” Scout narration
“This was all ’round the back steps when I got here this morning. They–they ‘preciate what you did, ________. They—they aren’t oversteppin’ themselves, are they?” Calpurnia to Atticus
“He thought he’d be a hero, but all he got for his pain was… was, okay, we’ll convict this Negro, but get back to your dump. He’s had his fling with about everybody now, so he ought to be satisfied. He’ll settled down when the weather changes. Atticus to Aunt Alexandra
“‘That’s enough now. Don’t be ‘fraid of anybody here, as long as you tell the truth. All this is strange to you, I know, but you’ve nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to fear. What are you scared of?'” Judge Taylor to Mayella
“‘I got somethin’ to say an’ then I ain’t gonna say no more. That n#gger yonder took advantage of me an’ if you fine fancy gentlemen don’t wanta do nothin’ about it then you’re all yellow stinkin’ cowards, stinkin’ cowards, the lot of you. Your fancy airs don’t come to nothin”–your ma’amin’ and Miss Mayellerin’ don’t come to nothing’, ____'” Mayella to Atticus
“I just want the whole lot of you to know one thing right now. That boy’s worked for me eight years an’ I ain’t had a speck o’ trouble outa him. Not a speck.” Link Deas to Jury
“‘Yes, suh. I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of’ em–‘” Tom Robinson to Jury
“‘She has committed no crime, she has merely broken a rigid and time-honored code of our society, a code so severe that whoever breaks it is hounded from our midst as unfit to live with. She is the victim of cruel poverty and ignorance, but I cannot pity her: she is white.” Atticus to Jury
“A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up. I am confident that you gentlemen will review without passion the evidence you have heard, come to a decision, and restore this defendant to his family. In the name of God, do your duty.” Atticus to Jury
“In the name of God, believe him.” Atticus to Jury

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