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13 Incredible 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Quotes to Celebrate its Anniversary

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” 

It's the 58th anniversary of Harper Lee's beloved novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which would win the Pulitzer Prize. The story is set in Depression-era Alabama, but its messages resonate even today. Here are a few great (and relevant) quotes to celebrate the birthday of this enduring tale.

 


 

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” 

 


 

“I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks.” 

 


 

“They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions... but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”

 


 

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.” 

 


 

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what."

 


 

“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.” 

 


 

“It’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.” 

 


 

 

“Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.” 

 


 

“Are you proud of yourself tonight that you have insulted a total stranger whose circumstances you know nothing about?” 

 


 

"'How could they do it, how could they?'

 

"I don't know, but they did it. They've done it before & they did it tonight & they'll do it again & when they do it - seems that only children weep.'"

 


 

“A mob's always made up of people, no matter what. Mr. Cunningham was part of a mob last night, but he was still a man. Every mob in every little Southern town is always made up of people you know--doesn't say much for them, does it?” 

 


 

“Just remember that sometimes, the way you think about a person isn't the way they actually are.” 

 


 

“But things are always better in the morning.” 

 


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