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  • Atticus had said it was the polite thing to talk to people about what they were interested in, not about what you were interested in.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • I didn't know how you were going to do it, but from now on I'll never worry about what'll become of you, son, you'll always have an idea.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Ladies in bunches always filled me with vague apprehension and a firm desire to be elsewhere.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • There are just some kind of men who-who're so busy worrying about the next world they've never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")


  • You damn morphodite, I'll kill you!
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Atticus said naming people after Confederate generals made slow steady drinkers.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • I don't know, but they did it. They've done it before and they did it tonight and they'll do it again and when they do it--seems that only children weep.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Long ago, in a burst of friendliness, Aunty and Uncle Jimmy produced a son named Henry…
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • There are just some kind of men…who're so busy worrying about the next world they've never learned to live in this one.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • You see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that's the way I want to live.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I'd have the facts.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • I lay on my stomach, reached down and poked him. He rolled up. Then, feeling safe, I suppose, he slowly unrolled. He travelled a few inches in his hundred legs and I touched him again. He rolled up. Feeling sleepy, I decided to end things. My hand was going down on him when Jem spoke.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Maycomb was a tired old town, even in 1932 when I first knew it. Somehow, it was hotter then. Men's stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon after their three o'clock naps. And by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frosting from sweating and sweet talcum. The day was twenty-four hours long, but it seemed longer. There's no hurry, for there's nowhere to go and nothing to buy...and no money to buy it with.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")


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