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'To Kill a Mockingbird' Quotes That'll Change How You Think

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To Kill A Mockingbird is not only an American classic, but since its release in 1960 it’s become a building block of the modern education system. When we read To Kill A Mockingbird passages we’re not just reading any old book, we’re reading a fictionalized, but very real, history of the Jim Crow era south. Now that Harper Lee has passed away, her gift to the literary community has become a monument to what someone can accomplish, and the book is certain to go on inspiring people to live a good life long after we've joined Lee in the great beyond. Harper Lee’s magnum opus is extremely quotable, but the best quotes from To Kill A Mockingbird are as applicable to life now as they were in the middle of the 20th century. On this list we’ve collected several of our favorite Harper Lee quotes from To Kill A Mockingbird to help you get through the day.

Each of the main characters in To Kill A Mockingbird has their version of wisdom that can help you get motivated and make it through the day. From Miss Maudie’s deceptively homespun common sense, to Atticus’ straight forward, no nonsense belief in truth and justice above all else; choosing to live your life according to the teaches of Harper Lee isn’t that bad of an idea. Everyone that’s read To Kill A Mockingbird has a favorite passage that they’ve carried with them since they first read the book. Even if you’ve never read the richly textured story of small town life in the south, these quotes will still help you get through the day.

Vote on the To Kill A Mockingbird Quotes that motivate you the most, and then take to the comments and leave us some of your favorite passages from Harper Lee’s masterpiece.
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    You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.

     ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (Atticus, Chapter 3)
  • “The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.” 

    - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (Atticus, Chapter 11)
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    “I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks.” 

    - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (Scout, Chapter 23)
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    “People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.” 

    -Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (Miss Maudie, Chapter 10)