I know I informed you all that I would not have a lot of time to devote to Booklovers’ Haven due to my exams and they are still going on but just above an hour ago, I found out that the great Harper Lee has passed away at the age of 89.
She made a great contribution to literature in the form of To Kill a Mockingbird and then retreated into her private world until last year. She was in the news a lot over the last year regarding the release of Go Set a Watchman and the reactions to it. There have been multiple conspiracy theories and debates over the years but right now I want to honour this amazing writer and To Kill a Mockingbird, forgetting everything else.
So, here I want to present you with my favourite quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird.
“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.”
“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”
“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”
“People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.”
“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
“When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness sake. But don’t make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion faster than adults, and evasion simply muddles ’em.”
“As a reader I loathe introductions…Introductions inhibit pleasure, they kill the joy of anticipation, they frustrate curiosity.”
“We know all men are not created equal in the sense some people would have us believe- some people are smarter than others, some people have more opportunity because they’re born with it, some men make more money than others, some ladies make better cakes than others- some people are born gifted beyond the normal scope of men.
But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal- there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court.”
“There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ’em all away from you. That’s never possible.”
“The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow.”
And of course, the eponymous
“Atticus said to Jem one day, “I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. “Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
I will leave you with one last quotation from To Kill a Mockingbird:
“Things are never as bad as they seem.”
All I have left to say is farewell, Harper Lee. Rest in Peace. And our condolences to those who knew and loved her.
Do you have any reactions to the news?
What are your favourite quotes from Lee’s writings?
What do you love about her work or her?
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